The arrival of video calling phones possessing generous screen sizes has made staying virtually connected with family and friends a great deal easier. We are pulling out some of the best options for you to consider so that you can be in touch with your near ones even when on those long journeys. Our lineup comprises of offerings that are branded by companies such as Apple, HTC, Nokia and the likes. So even if you prefer a certain manufacturer, you can read through the roster and pick out your favorite.
Having hit availability status in the US last week, the Nokia Lumia 900 happens to be the fresh offering on our roster. This much-talked about device’s whitewashed version will also be made available on April 22 for those who prefer the serene shade and of course the features proffered by the Windows phone 7.5 OS. Adorned by a 4.3-inch AMOLED ClearBlack glass touchscreen, the 4G LTE-capable smartphone is incorporated with a 1.4GHz processor. As for the snappers on this 16GB device, there is a primary 8MP camera on the rear and a 1MP lens with 720 pixel resolutions to indulge in conferences and chats. The offering is now available through AT&T with a 2-year agreement and a qualifying data plan.
2. iPhone 4S
If Face Time is the first thing that comes to your mind when thinking about the iPhone 4S amongst other video calling cell phones, then you probably employ the feature quite often. The latest Apple smartphone is replete with a 3.5-inch multi-touch Retina display, which only enhances the entire chatting experience. There is an 8MP iSight camera strapped onto its back, while the front-facing VGA snapper is equipped for making conversations with family and friends as well as decent photo capture and video recording at up to 30fps. Powered by a dual core A5 chip and running on iOS 5, it allows you to befriend Siri. There’s also the iCloud feature in tow for the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB variants.
We can’t deny that an expansive screen scores brownie points with potential users on a lookout for video calling handsets. And when hunting for a smartphone with a large display, it may well be difficult to miss out on the Samsung Galaxy Note. It is complete with a 5.3-inch HD Super AMOLED touchscreem proffering resolutions of 1280 x 800 pixels. Furthermore, the handset sports a 2MP front-facing camera, while the 8MP snapper has been embedded onto its rear panel. Fuelled by a 1.4GHz dual core processor, this device comes with 16GB of on-board storage capacity and extends support for up to 32GB via a microSD card. Bringing in the taste of Gingerbread, the offering also tags along an S Pen that functions as a stylus.
4. HTC Evo 4G
Draped with a 4.3-inch WVGA capacitive multi-touch screen, HTC Evo 4G also serves as a neat choice for uses constantly on the move. So just in case you are travelling and feel like checking up on kids back home, you could easily video chat with them, thanks to the 1.3MP camera on the front panel.
Powered by the Qualcomm QSD 8650 chip clocked at 1GHz, this Gingerbread treat wraps in an 8GB microSD card to hoard content. It has also been incorporated with an 8MP primary snapper with AF and 2x LED Flash. With HDMI connectivity, the video conferencing can be taken to a larger screen as well.
Flaunting a sleek 130.7mm x 68.9mm x 7.1mm form factor, the Motorola Droid Razr tips the scales at 127 grams. One of the many reasons it is currently featured in our roundup with other video calling cell phones, would have to be its dual HD cameras. The handset is embedded with an 8MP snapper possessing 1080p video recording capabilities, while the front-facing 1.3MP taps in clips at 720p resolution.
A peek underneath the hood reveals the presence of a 1.2GHz dual core chip and 16GB of on-board storage. It wraps in a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Advanced qHD display so that you can enjoy chatting with your family and friends even when on the go.
6. LG Nitro HD
If you want to look at another Gingerbread running smartphone then we have the LG Nitro HD next in our lineup. It is integrated with a 4.5-inch HD IPS display and a dual core processor clocked at 1.5GHz. The handset is pre-loaded with a 16GB microSD card and it extends support for up to 32GB, while its on-board storage capacity reads out to be 4GB. There is an 8MP primary HD camera as well as a 1.3MP front-facing one on this device. Furthermore, its 4G LTE capability is another advantage along with the 1280 x 720 display for delivering swift connectivity and clarity for video calling amongst other features.
Another decent offering on our roster that is replete with dual HD cameras is the Sony Xperia S smartphone. This device comes with a 12.1MP primary camera with Sony’s Exmor R mobile CMOS sensor, AF, LED flash and full HD video recording capability. The 1.3MP snapper on the front panel delivers 720p video capturing ability. It dons a 4.3-inch reality display with Mobile Bravia engine, with internal storage ranging from 1GB to 1.5GB. This PlayStation Certified offering has interesting features for ardent gamers and entertainment buffs alike. The handset runs on Gingerbread and is expected to receive an ICS upgrade in Q2 this year.
So which of the above mentioned video calling phones do you intend to pocket soon? Drop in a comment and also let us know if we missed out on any of your personal favorites.