But these, like most of the video chat apps on the market, lack one key ingredient: solid video calls.
Apple's free Face Time may not sport the same bells and whistles as other chat apps, but it delivers the best overall video call experience—by far.
It happened once, but the app quickly brought itself back up to speed, which I attribute to the finicky network I was connected to rather than the app itself.
There are lots of apps for both Windows and Windows Phone that offer that, but there's no official Face Time for Windows made by Apple.
When selecting a contact, you are given the option to make a standard voice call, or to make a Face Time call.
For the i Pad 2 and i Pod Touch, Face Time comes as a standalone app, since there is no phone interface over which to route it through.
Apple's Face Time video calling technology is one of the coolest features of the i Phone.
Not long after it debuted on the i Phone, Apple added Face Time support to the Mac, too. Unfortunately for Windows users, there is no way to use Face Time on Windows.