Skype - free IM & video calls
Skype - free IM & video calls review
Skype is a free messenger with high-quality audio and video calls. You can use Skype to chat with many users simultaneously or start a group video call with up to 25 participants at once.
Design and Usability 8/10
The overall design of Skype feels a bit outdated nowadays, but the app is nevertheless useful. The interface is intuitive: you get the full list of your chats on the main screen, and all of them can be accessed with just a tap to continue chatting immediately. And the additional options are easily accessible, too: you can send a voice message or a photo without any problems, and starting a video call is as easy as pressing a button. The emojis and stickers are funny, and there are lots of them – that means you can express yourself freely when chatting, and you can do that without having to access other services or apps.
Key Functions 10/10
Since this app is a messenger, its primary feature is text chats that allow you to exchange text messages with other users instantly and for free. You can also share photos and other files, create group chats, and add users to them, and many more. However, the most impressive feature of the app is its high-quality video calls with an option to add as many as 24 other users to your conversation. There’s even an option to call landlines and send SMS messages – but this option is not free, so you have to pay for it just like you would do with ordinary calls.
Skype is known to be secure enough to feel protected while making a video call or having a text conversation with just about anybody. Its security algorithms make sure your photos and other files are safe, too. However, the app is pretty laggy, and sometimes it may crash for no reason at all, leaving the people you’ve been talking with hanging.
- The interface feels a little bit outdated
- Laggy and has some annoying bugs
- High-quality video and audio calls with up to 25 participants
- Free chats with lots of emojis and various file-sharing options
- Can be used to call landlines and send SMS – but not for free