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Qik review

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With more people signing up to unlimited data plans, video streaming on your mobile is becoming more a necessity than a value-added extra. Qik allows you to do just that – stream video in realtime using your 3G or Wi-Fi connection directly to the Qik.com website.

Before downloading the software, you sign up for an account on Qik.com where you can have a profile all about yourself. If you tie in your Twitter credentials too, Qik can automatically let your followers know when you’ve streaming a live feed and post the URL to the flash based player. Quite what you use this for is entirely up to your imagination, but if you are attending an event you can join this events group and your videos will find their way automatically into that Qik.com feed.

When the software is installed, you are given the option to set it up as a hotkey – which can be very handy indeed. Once the software loads, you are presented with what is very similar to the standard camera mode, with the inclusion of digital zoom. This is very handy when you are using a 5-megapixel camera and transmitting at only 320×240.

Using our N95 8GB, we were given the option of choosing the front or back camera – particularly handy if you want to do a bit of Video Blogging (Vlogging). You also have full control over which access point you are using (3G or Wi-Fi) and the quality of your videos to be transmitted.

From our experience – getting a reliable live stream is very tricky. However, the way Qik works is that it buffers the whole stream on your phone and transmits what it can, when it can. So even if you drop completely out of range, when you eventually get back online the video will be uploaded. This isn’t so useful if you’re trying to go live – but it does mean you are left with a catalogue of pre-recorded videos on your Qik profile – much like you would with YouTube.

Using GPS, you can also GeoTag your videos so people know where it was filmed. To go the other way entirely – you can upload videos purely for private use. This is very useful for those that live in “The Cloud” and want access to such videos at a later point.

The downside to this phone buffering all the video is that it uses your phone memory and not the mass storage of the device as this is not an option. It means it’s very easy to run out of space and phone memory at the same time – grinding the whole phone to a halt.

Qik is a good piece of software that is held back primarily by the limitation of a 3G connection more than the software itself. If you like the idea of streaming live video, Qik is certainly worthy of trying and completely free to use.

Qik info

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Platform: Symbian S60

Price: Free

Developer: Qik

Website/Demo: Qik website

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