Posted by Jamie Forestell
Early yesterday morning, RIM released an over the air update which included video chat for the Blackberry Playbook. If you are not sure where to find it, you can simply look for the icon on your home screen under the ALL tab. (or in my case Favorites)
Once you have opened the Video Chat application, you are presented with a list of your contacts/buddies or you have the ability to add them. The method used to find contacts is with a unique Blackberry ID. Once you have a contact added, calling them is simple provided they are online.
I was impressed that the video chat application was easy to find, use, and has a nice look to the gui. That said, I was not impressed with the performance.
Once a connection was made using home wifi, I found the quality to be quite laggy. The audio sync was almost a full second delayed, for both video sources. Yes, even my own window showing myself was delayed from real time. I am sure this can be corrected but the lag was hard to not notice. Similar to Facetime by Apple, you are able to move the inset window by dragging to the corner of your choice. The movement was not as fluid as it is in iOS but the option was present.
Overall, this will be a very popular application for Blackberry once the lag issues can be sorted out. Now the question that remains unanswered: When can we expect to see Video Chat and a front facing camera on a Blackberry Smartphone?