| | 11-11-2012, 10:29 PM #1
After trying out the beta release just now, I've found that:
- Receiving calls when the device is in standby works fine, over WIFI and LTE.
- The UI is pretty responsible
- Text messages can be received in standby as well (via toast notification)
- Voice and video over LTE is pretty fluid! Thanks to the Lumia 920 microphone, my voice gets delivered with limited distortion. To test the fidelity I've tried playing the violin over Skype, it's pretty clear as well. Compression noise is virtually nonexistent.
- I have yet to see log off or switch account. Once you sign in, you are IN for good. There's an option to be invisible though.
- When you receive a call, there's an option to answer or ignore via the OS's call UI. Once you choose to answer, you are presented with two further buttons: mute and turn on video. However, there's no "turn off speaker and use ear piece" option. If you want to have a private conversation over skype, you'd have to first go through the speaker, then hit the windows button, then hit back. At this point the call UI presents you with two more buttons, one of which is to turn off the speaker.
Note: I've just found out that if the other party initiates a voice call, then you'll answer it with ear piece, with the option of turning the video on and the speaker on separately.
- The settings menu is a joke :) But then I don't know what settings I would put in there really.
That's all for now, what's your experience with Skype for WP8?
Updated Nov 12:
About the LTE vs WIFI issue, I've ran the following test:
With two lumia 920s, turn one's WIFI completely off, and one in standby mode, having preconfigure to connect to the WIFI router.
Logon to the router status, I'm running dd-wrt, which shows the connection bandwidth usage, as well as a list of connected devices.
Using the phone with LTE only, call the phone in standby mode with Skype. One the call go through, swipe up immediately and click answer (so there's little time for it to pre-connect to WIFI)
Turns out that at this point, the second phone would show the "connecting..." screen, then my router reports the second phone as connected, which means at this point it's got active WIFI connection. The skype call would finally connect, and the router would show about 50Kbps data usage, both incoming and outgoing.
This means that when available, Skype will try to establish WIFI over LTE. So, no worries there.