With most people being stuck inside these days due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, users are turning to video conferencing apps in droves, and you may find yourself asking which one is the best for staying in touch with friends, family, or colleagues, especially with so many different options available.
As Apple fans, our tendency is naturally to turn to FaceTime by default, since of course it’s built in to every iPhone, iPad, and Mac out there, so if your aging mom has an iPhone (or even an iPod touch), you can easily make a video call to her without needing to walk her through the process of installing an app, setting up an account, signing in, etc. In typical Apple fashion, it’s a method that “Just Works.”
Of course, not everybody is blessed with the ability to own Apple products, and even among those who do, there are situations where FaceTime isn’t necessarily the best solution. For example, although Apple introduced a Group FaceTime feature last year, it was arguably designed to be more whimsical than practical, with participants shown in an array of floating panels.
Apple will be the hero of coronavirus if they just switch group FaceTime to a simple grid 🤬— Jessie Char (@jessiechar) March 22, 2020
This sort of thing may be great when you’re having a fun chat with your friends, but it can be distracting if you’re holding a business meeting and trying to actually get some work done.
Fortunately, there are a multitude of other options available, and for many work-at-home users, Zoom seems to have gotten the most attention in the midst of this crisis, likely because it’s already a staple of so many business customers; chances are if you’ve been sent to work from home by any medium to large business, they’ve already got you using Zoom whether you like it or not.
If you’re like us, you’re probably wondering what makes Zoom better than the other options you already have available. After all, not only is there FaceTime, but other apps that you may already be using like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp offer their own video calling features too. So one of the questions we’ve been asking around the virtual water cooler is exactly what makes Zoom so special? Read on for 11 key differences between Zoom and FaceTime.