Nokia Collection App: Tango Video Calls review
You’ve no doubt heard of Skype, but did you know there’s another popular VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) app on Windows Phone, and that Nokia has recently thrown its weight behind it? The app is called Tango Video Calls, and it gives Skype a good run for its money.
Making calls using a data connection rather than your usual phone line or mobile network has become an increasingly popular activity, with Skype the most prominent provider. However, Tango has carved out a sizeable audience of its own on mobile.
This Windows Phone version of Tango lets you make calls to contacts who also have Tango installed on their phones. This works across all the major platforms, so it’s not a Nokia-only or even Windows Phone-only service.
The key difference to normal calls is that on Tango they’re made over a data connection – whether than be Wi-Fi or 3G. If your monthly minute allowance isn’t too generous, this could be a vital way to chat without penalty!
So how does Tango work on Windows Phone? Very well indeed. Signing up is as simple as putting in your mobile number. Once this is done, the Tango app will scan your contacts and pull out all the ones who already have Tango installed on their phones.
All you need to do then is tap the contact to initiate a voice call. Hit the video button to request a face-to-face video call. Simple!
Tango will be perfect for the Nokia Lumia 900 with its front-facing camera – you’ll be able to see who you’re talking to and a little window of what they’re seeing too. We tested Tango on the Nokia Lumia 800 and Nokia Lumia 710, though, and video calling is still eminently possible. You can hold the phone with the rear camera facing you if you don’t mind not seeing the other person, or you can simply sit in front of a mirror for the full dual-picture.
The important point to note is that call quality is exemplary and connection speeds are quick. One area we were a little disappointed with was video messaging – it’s not yet possible on this version of the app, it seems. Hopefully an update will rectify this.
Another way in which Skype trumps Tango is instant messaging – you can have text conversations with your contacts over a data connection on Skype, but it’s not possible here, which is a shame.
Still, as a no-nonsense VoIP app with exemplary video capabilities, Tango Video Calls is a fine effort. Download it now for free from the Nokia Collection section of the Windows Phone Marketplace.