These days, almost any touchscreen phone is decent enough for running video calling apps.
In fact, as long as you do have a full touchscreen enabled smart phone of any kind, the biggest factor in call quality won’t so much be the phone itself as it will be the quality of the telecom or web connection service you’re using.
However, that said, there is certainly a difference between quality of transmission and overall display, sound and processing parameters, which do vary to some degree or another between higher end smartphones and their lower end counterparts.
Thus, let’s give you the five best phones for making the most of your video calling sessions.
A lot of diehard fans would call the iPhone 5 “the best phone ever” if you asked them, and although we could debate the details of that, there is a lot of evidence working in their favor. With its ultrasleek design, razor sharp retina display and top of the line internal wireless capacity technology, the iPhone will absolutely hammer most phones into the ground in terms of display, sound and sheer speed.
Definitely on the pricey side unless you get it through a plan with a major carrier, but well worth the money and contract lock-in if you want a nearly perfect phone for any video calls you might want to make.
2. Samsung Galaxy S4
One of the biggest competitors to Apple’s iPhone 5, the Samsung S4 is an even sleeker, ultra thin phone with numerous powerful features going for it. One particular feature in its favor when it comes to video calls is the extra large screen that beats even the iPhone in size with its 5.38 x 2.75 x 0.31 inch measurements.
Just like any top of the line phone, the S4 comes with excellent connectivity, easy to manipulate touch features and top notch sound and picture quality. It also has a hardcore, crystal clear HD resolution that really looks brilliant when used for photo and video related stuff.
3. HTC One
Giving both iPhone and Samsung S4 a run for their money is the near perfect HTC One from underdog phone electronics maker HTC. While not as famous as the previous two smartphones, the HTC has an enormous amount of capacity to offer and gives you a wonderfully clear and very well sized screen display with which to talk face to face with your friends and family.
Features include a full HD 468 ppi screen that offers clarity so sharp you literally can’t see the internal pixilation, and at 4.7 inches, it’s size is just a tiny bit less than that of the more expensive S4 and quite a bit bigger than the iPhone’s 4 inch display. Powerful connectivity capacity for 3G, 4G and WiFi goes without saying and the latest Android OS that the HTC one comes with (just like the S4) gives you access to dozens of different video calling apps.
4. Nokia Lumia 920
Probably the best phone for the entire Windows Mobile OS enabled line of smart phones, the Nokia Lumia 920 is packed with features that will give you the most out of your Windows 8 operating system.
While the mobile apps marketplace for Windows phones is much smaller than those of its Android and iOS counterparts, there are still plenty of cool apps to choose from and Microsoft’s ownership of Skype at least guarantees you access to a high quality Mobile video calling platform on your Lumia’s excellent connectivity and display hardware; for example, the 4.5 inch display screen gives you utterly crisp HD clarity thanks to its 768x1280 of resolution.
5. Samsung Galaxy S3 and iPhone 4
Yes they’re “old” and yes the iPhone 5 and Samsung S4 have got got them beat in almost every physical and display feature, but if you’re looking for a cheaper device that still has the high quality of Samsung and Apple phone technology, then going for either of these two older model phones is an excellent idea.
Now that their shiny new relatives have come onto the market, the prices for iPhone 4s and Samsung S3s are dropping nicely, and their display technologies are still excellent and more than enough for any normal video calling needs.
Mobile Calling Tools
Okay, so we’ve covered the best video calling phones, now what about the apps and other tools you can use to take advantage of them? Well, your range of options can basically be divided down into two broad categories: the first is the wide world of free downloadable video calling apps such as Facetime (for Apple phones), Skype Mobile (best on Windows phones) or a whole plethora of other video calling applications such as ooVoo, Tango and Fring.
All of these are free to use for app to app calls over a wireless internet network and all offer a bunch of decent video calling and even conferencing features.
Your second categoriy of options involves online video conferencing platforms that cost money to use but offer much more comprehensive and robust video calling features that can be used across a wide vafiety of devices or between your phone and another, different machine.
Some high quality examples of these services include platforms such as GoToMeeting and InterCall, both of which offer similar systems for their users. A run through of what InterCall offers can be found on this page of InterCall’s website.
About the author:Stephan Jukic is a freelance writer who generally covers a variety of subjects relating to the latest changes in white hat SEO, mobile technology, marketing tech and digital security. He also loves to read and write about location-free business, portable business management and finance. When not busy writing or consulting on technology and digital security, he spends his days enjoying life’s adventures either in Canada or Mexico. Connect with Stephan on Google+ and LinkedIn.