Knowing we are iOS people and that we use Ventrilo, the creators of Ventrilode sent us a code to try out their app. We love playing with new apps!
Operation once connected was pretty easy to figure out. Flick up and down on the screen to see the different channels available. Tapping on the channels would cause you to enter the channel.
The large microphone button at the bottom is your push to talk. It does change color when pressed but I have big thumbs and sometimes thought I was talking when I was in fact not transmitting at all.
There is the auto speech option which will allow you to talk without pressing anything and will transmit. It typically is a bit too noisy in our house to do this without annoying our friends but it is a nice option to just chat hands free like this.
I attempted using this app exclusively for my last Monday night group and try it out on the Dums. When I asked how my voice quality was, I was told with a unanimous vote that I sounded clear and understandable. I in turn had no issue at all understanding what was being said by the group. At no point did I have any of the audio cut out or experience any lag.
One great feature of this app is it’s ability to run in the background and allow me to use my other apps with a big red reminder that I was still connected to Ventrilo at the top of the screen. At any time I could tap on the icon and return to the chat room.
In my testing and tapping around I did once accidently remove myself from the main chat room and not realize it until Hoppy came to figure out what I was doing. I call that user error and not a flaw in the app.
One thing I did not test and probably should have in hindsight was quality and connection while on 3G rather than our home wi-fi. Not certain I would really feel the need to connect to Ventrilo if not home but I can see why possibly some folks may want to pop in while away from home and chat with friends.
On their roadmap for enhancements planned for this app:
- Bluetooth headset support
- Storage of channel passwords
- iPad universal app (yes please!)
Is Ventrilode worth the $4.99 price tag? I’m not sure. I’ve certainly spent way more on other apps. The interface is easy and the communication clear. It certainly delivers on what it promises to do. I think the end decision is going to matter based on how active you are in Ventrilo.
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One final note –There is an Android app for ventrilo as well called Ventriloid. Unfortunately I only have the one mobile phone so I cannot tell you if this is any good but thought I would mention it for our Android friends out there. I can tell you that Ventriloid is free!