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Tango Video Calls Android app offers a solid video chatting experience

by Caitlin M. Foyt

From the looks of it, Tango Video Calls is everything for Android that Skype should be. It's a great way to connect with friends, free, and even has video chatting capabilities.

Everything I've seen and heard about the Skype app for the Android platform indicates that it needs work. While you're able to make calls and text, free, just by tapping into the phone's data plan, there's no video function at this time. If you ask me, live video chat is the one missing feature that would make Skype worthy of your time.

Now, enter Tango. It's pretty much exactly the same app, with all of the same features, only this one allows for video chatting capabilities. Even if your phone doesn't have a front-facing camera, users are able to chat and look at the faces of their loved ones by using the regular rear-facing one.

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The video quality's not exceptional, but it is decent. I was mostly impressed with it's ability to do it's job effectively, without any kind of freezing or jumping. The audio on the other hand, could use some improvements. I found that regardless of how high I set the volume, my calls would be irritatingly quiet. I was able to get past this issue by plugging in my earbuds. What I did appreciate, though, is that I didn't experience any irritating audio malfunctions — no one sounded like a stuttering robot.

Tango's design is polished-looking, and its layout is straight to the point. The icons speak for themselves, so much so, that I'm confident a child could figure out how Tango works.

If you play with you're phone's settings, you'll be able to make calls using local Wi-Fi signals, instead of using any of your phone's data plan. You also won't use any phone minutes, meaning that every single call you make is free.

One complaint I have about this app, though, is that it drained my phone's battery pretty quickly. I suggest you either keep your phone plugged in during longer calls or keep your conversations short.

I can see Tango becoming one of my more useful applications. It's the perfect way to easily connect and catch up with my friends and family who live on the other side of the country.

Regular Skype users should definitely try this one. Until Skype gets it together with an update, this might be the best video chatting app in the marketplace. Because it's free, it's definitely worth checking out.