f you’ve got a Windows Mobile 6 device and haven’t yet tried the voice clip feature, do it – it’s amazing! Instead of struggling with the touchscreen or keypad input, you just activate the voiceclip function, speak into the device’s microphone, and the other party gets an embedded voice clip within the chat window.Mitchell and I have been using the voice clip function with each other this morning – he on the HTC P3600i, and me on the i-mate JASJAR. Sound quality is excellent – sounds even better than speakerphone IMO, which is not surprising as it’s completely digital. Also, I was using it over my wireless network while Mitchell was doing it over 3G, and it works across different devices – I was also getting the voice clips using Windows Live on my MacBook.
The experience was very similar to using a walkie talkie – he’d record a voice clip and send it, I’d listen, record a voice clip in response, and send it back. Sounds complicated, but it really isn’t – Microsoft has done a great job at simplifying the experience. And it works like speakerphone, so you don’t need to have the handset to your face to use it. If you miss what the other person said, simply hit the Play button to repeat it. You can even save clips to your device.
One thing worth mentioning is that each clip has a maximum of around 5 seconds, and it automatically cuts you off after that. But if you keep on eye on the timer bar, it’s easy enough to structure your ramblings to fit within the designated time for each clip.
Many of my day-to-day contacts are on Messenger, so this also helps me save on phone bills. Plus, it’s just so fun to use! I suppose you could do the same thing on Skype – and have a full-duplex conversation at that – but I’ve got a grand total of five people in my Skype contacts list, versus the 200 or so on MSN!