Using a smart phone for web conferencing isn’t all that smart

Well, in this case size does matter! We had some fun when testing web conferencing solutions on an iPhone and were impressed by the results – when we could actually see them.

Seriously, the quality of displayed documents and presentations is amazing if you look at a small part of the displayed text. To read the text in a regular view you need more than just standard eyesight. Data is transferred quickly to the phone so that you can follow what is being shown.

But back to the size-issue. Here’s an example of what we were looking at in our tests:

BeamYourScreen on iPhone

BeamYourScreen on an iPhone

Seeing that you do need a fairly large screen, and having tested all the software on regular computers already, we selflessly decided to buy ourselves an iPad to have yet another perspective on online collaboration on the run. We will keep you updated on those tests.

Oh, by the way, some vendors of online meeting tools offer mobile versions not only for iPhone but for Android, BlackBerry, and other smart phones as well.