FaceTime not ready for Prime Time?

As our intrepid Editor, Hal, blogged earlier, he and I shared some quality time together, via FaceTime.  Although "quality" may not be the right word.

While it was great to be able to quickly and easily conduct a video call, there are numerous limitations.

First, the wireless networks on both ends must be state of the art.  Otherwise, the video is choppy and can abruptly dropout altogether.  No wonder Steve Jobs wanted everyone to turn off their WiFi devices at the keynote!

Additionally, we noticed that the initial phone call was loud and clear but as soon as FaceTime kicked in, I could hardly hear the other party.  The microphone works well as does my speaker, because the phone call was fine, so perhaps FaceTime isn’t tuned for the noise canceling second microphone or something else is going on.  This could be anecdotal but the fact that the phone call was loud tells me it can be fixed in software.

What about you?  Have you noticed any similar problems with FaceTime?  I was initially disappointed that FaceTime didn't work over 3G but having seen it on WiFi, I understand.

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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP, About.com, BestAppEver.com) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone.

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip, but over the years, Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62.

In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.