Video calling is becoming trendy especially with its debut on WhatsApp just about a month ago but Facebook’s Messenger has had that feature for quite a while now. Anyway the story here is which of the two is the most efficient means of digital face to face communication that is best connectivity and quality for the lowest MegaBytes.
So in our tests one device was on wifi and the other was on mobile data. The video calls were 5 minutes each and the tests were repeated several times with the average being the magic number. Here are our findings.
Facebook Messenger video calling destroyed an average of 22 MB after a 5 minute video call. Video quality was decent with latency of about half a second which is not bad at all and pretty smooth video as well.
WhatsApp video calling trumped its Facebook cousin running through an average of 26 MB after a 5 minute video call. We did experience quite a large number of dropped calls due to connectivity issues and in some instances there was only audio coming through with no picture.
The video was much more pixelated compared to Messenger’s offerings and had a pretty significant amount of latency coupled with sub par frame rates rendering the video far from smooth. This was pretty surprising considering it consumes about 15% more data.
So if you fancy some virtual face to face communication your best bet is Messenger Video calling. It’s less of a hit and miss affair with some decent quality and hey, it’s about 15% easier on the data. For the best experience for video calling I recommend a decently fast wifi connection at least 1 Mbps or 4G mobile broadband with actual data bundles rather than social media bundles.
*Data consumption varies with speed of the connection as well as the maximum video size your camera is capable of. Connectivity is a two way issue so the best experience will only exist if both parties have a robust internet connection.