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Google Hangouts vs Zoom vs iChat vs ?? for video chatting
Posted by: wurm
Date: March 21, 2020 04:32PM
Social distancing. Gotta do it. So what's the best way for myself (Macbook), my wife (Macbook) and my daughter (iPad) to have a video conversation with my son and his wife an hour or so away who are using a Windows PC and/or Android phone?

This week was my first week working remotely and my coworkers and I are liking Zoom. But it's on my work computer with a company account, so unless I want to install it on my personal computer (as well as my wife's and daughter's) that's probably not the best option. I've never used Google Hangouts, but I and my daughter and my son already have GMail accounts. Would that make more sense?

Anything else out there that would be a better option and that wouldn't require installing a lot of unnecessary crap? Thanks.
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Re: Google Hangouts vs Zoom vs iChat vs ?? for video chatting
Posted by: deckeda
Date: March 21, 2020 05:34PM
I've used Zoom without issue but have heard Hangouts can be less than reliable. Installing and signing up for a free (limited) Zoom scenario is pretty painless, but I guess try Hangouts if the setup is already there.
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Re: Google Hangouts vs Zoom vs iChat vs ?? for video chatting
Posted by: tuqqer
Date: March 21, 2020 05:52PM
Zoom is extraordinarily robust. And their free account is identical to their paid account in ever way, except that the free can only do a max of 40 minutes per video conference.

Also get everyone on to WhatsApp. It's become the best in the text/audio/video apps, and for the mac, it has both the phone and laptop apps.

I do video conferencing on both of these throughout each day.



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Re: Google Hangouts vs Zoom vs iChat vs ?? for video chatting
Posted by: wurm
Date: March 21, 2020 06:06PM
Thanks, all. I think we're going to give Zoom a shot. We'll see how it goes.
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Re: Google Hangouts vs Zoom vs iChat vs ?? for video chatting
Posted by: C(-)ris
Date: March 21, 2020 07:41PM
Zoom is the best one available. Facetime is a close second if everyone is on Apple.



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Re: Google Hangouts vs Zoom vs iChat vs ?? for video chatting
Posted by: Bo
Date: March 21, 2020 08:53PM
Buck started a similar thread a couple days ago here: [forums.macresource.com]

I use Hangouts a lot and it has been solid. My more in depth input in the thread linked above.
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