ZOOM Cloud Meetings
ZOOM Cloud Meetings review
ZOOM is an app for hosting and visiting online meetings, participating in chats, and making phone calls. It offers a variety of communicating features for free and has a premium mode, unlocking all the features with no limitations. The app was initially released in 2013 and is now available on Windows, iOS, and Android. It has more than 100 million downloads in Google Play, with an average review rating of 3,6.
Design, Navigation, and Usability: Comfortable Hosting
The design of ZOOM is minimalistic and functional. The app is well-structured, and you will find it easy to navigate through the app, as the features are displayed exactly where you would expect them to be. Bright colors are mostly used for backgrounds, while black and gray colors are used for captions, which helps the interface to set the right mood for the app. The interface itself is pretty comfortable to navigate through, and the features are easy to use, as most of them are displayed either as illustrative icons or as comprehensive captions. The app is pretty user friendly even when it comes to hosting conferences, though the desktop version is still a bit more comfortable to use for these purposes.
Features: Video Communication Made Easy
Apart from the basic features of video conference communication, ZOOM offers a variety of other options. First of all, you can collaborate on content together via co-annotations. You can also share screens and use a group chat of the conference to communicate within the selected group without having to create a separate chat room. The chat itself also corresponds to the modern standards and offers options to share content, make reactions with emoji, and many more. With ZOOM, you can also make real phone calls and create private conferences, manually letting people join and preventing unwanted connections.
Security: Not So Safe
ZOOM does not offer end-to-end encryption, so this is not much of a business app. You should probably avoid sharing any sensitive information in this application, but it is still a good choice for non-sensitive meetings. There are also cases when unwanted people randomly join open conferences, so you might probably want to create private meetings instead.