Sending text messages to your relatives is nice, but a video call gets you much closer to the feeling of actually being in the same room as them. Apps for phones and tablets let you make video calls just as easily as a phoning someone, and as long as you have a decent mobile internet or Wi-Fi signal they’re just as reliable. But what are the best apps for keeping in contact with your relatives? That depends on your priorities. Is ease of use paramount? Or privacy? Or streams that won’t decimate your data allowance? Let’s take a look at what’s on offer. FaceTime Download: iOS only If you have relatives who aren’t too tech-savvy but own, an iPad or iPhone, FaceTime is probably the best video app to use. It’s very simple, and comes preinstalled on Apple hardware. Using FaceTime feels much like making a normal call, removing the need for any setup or tweaking of settings. There is one issue, though: you can only use FaceTime with Apple hardware – and you can’t bridge the gap with any third-party apps if you’re an Android user. So if you, or they, don’t own a MacBook, an iPad or an iPhone, you’re out of luck. There’s an extra treat for those with an iPhone X, iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max, though – those phones let you use Animoji and Memoji, which replace your face with cute animated avatars. Skype Download: iOS/ Android The original video and audio chat master, Skype can… [Read full story]
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