Is the free mobile video service Vtap worth the two minutes it takes to download?

Mobile phones

The above photos were taken of my HTC Touch mobile, running a new service called Vtap, which offers video content direct to your mobile handset.

As you can see, the results on my phone were particularly unattractive to say the least, but that could be due to the GPRS internet connectivity and the actual handset’s performance. Downloading the small file was relatively painless, however navigating around the Vtap site proved much more challenging. With the offered videos on the home page being decidedly unappealing, you have to really search for anything that interests you.

When I finally got to a music video, it turned out to be a grainy music video from the Australian music show Rage, of the band The Music. No, I’m not a fan, it just came up when I typed in ‘music video’, as I couldn’t see any direct way to search through the various music vids on offer.

As you can see above, the video was very blocky and jpeggy. Vtap claims you can share your interests with your friends, via a Vtap Feed which you can publish on your Facebook or MySpace profiles, which I didn’t bother with, as I’d had quite enough of the awful interface at that point, to be honest!

If you’d like to give the free service a go, go ahead, however I would say that those with GPRS handsets – even the models Vtap promises on their website are compatible – needn’t bother.


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Katherine Hannaford
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