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Amazon Chime

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Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon Chime

Amazon Chime is a superior alternative to other free video conference/conference call programs. The call and video quality are great, and you can have multiple participants on both video and call. It's well suited for an organization that wants an affordable option for video and conference calls, but may not be appropriate for organizations with limited budgets or those who do very little conferencing.
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Zoom

Zoom is well suited anywhere you have people in various locations - whether they are employees, contractors, customers, or prospective customers. Zoom is not well suited where internet connectivity issues exist. If there is questionable service, call quality degrades and it's advisable to disable the video portion of the call. It would be nice to have something in the UI suggest that a user disable video if their connection is unstable - perhaps?
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Feature Rating Comparison

Performance & Compatibility of Online Events Software

Amazon Chime
7.3
Zoom
8.6
High quality audio
Amazon Chime
9.0
Zoom
8.9
High quality video
Amazon Chime
8.7
Zoom
9.0
Low bandwidth requirements
Amazon Chime
5.0
Zoom
7.9
Mobile support
Amazon Chime
6.5
Zoom

Screen Sharing

Amazon Chime
6.0
Zoom
9.0
Desktop sharing
Amazon Chime
6.0
Zoom
9.3
Whiteboards
Amazon Chime
Zoom
8.6

Online Meetings / Events

Amazon Chime
7.7
Zoom
8.6
Calendar integration
Amazon Chime
6.0
Zoom
8.7
Meeting initiation
Amazon Chime
8.3
Zoom
8.7
Record meetings / events
Amazon Chime
8.5
Zoom
9.0
Slideshows
Amazon Chime
8.0
Zoom
8.8
Integrates with social media
Amazon Chime
Zoom
7.8

Online Events Collaboration

Amazon Chime
8.5
Zoom
8.6
Live chat
Amazon Chime
9.0
Zoom
8.5
Q&A
Amazon Chime
8.0
Zoom
8.6
Audience polling
Amazon Chime
Zoom
8.7

Online Events Security

Amazon Chime
9.0
Zoom
8.6
Participant roles & permissions
Amazon Chime
9.0
Zoom
8.7
User authentication
Amazon Chime
Zoom
8.6
Confidential attendee list
Amazon Chime
Zoom
8.7

Pros

  • Great call quality! The conference line is crystal clear.
  • Strong video quality. We've never had problems with the video conference feed cutting out.
  • The app is pretty user friendly and easy to use.
  • Easy to send invites and to give teammates the ability to schedule calls/video conferences on behalf of another account.
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  • Zoom is extremely easy to set up. It only took about 3s from downloading to installing.
  • Zoom is extremely small. The download was tiny, less than 10MB in size!
  • The call quality with a reasonable internet connection is extremely good. I've rarely had issues with call quality.
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Cons

  • More simplified dial-in numbers. The PIN for our conference line is long and easy to mistype.
  • You do not have to download the Chime app in order to join a conference, but if you want to do anything beyond join (schedule a conference, participate in a group chat, control participants), you have to have the app downloaded and installed. The app that you have to download in order to launch a conference is a memory hog, and slows down a computer's boot up time.
  • The add-in for Microsoft Outlook is particularly clunky. It helps you add scheduled conference calls/video conferences to your Outlook calendar, but it can cause Outlook to crash, and creates a really slow open time for Outlook. If you can avoid downloading the Outlook Add-In, I would.
  • No built-in screen sharing capabilities.
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  • I have not found any problems with using Zoom at all!
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Likelihood to Renew

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Zoom9.1
Based on 9 answers
We're sticking with Zoom for the foreseeable future--given its compelling feature set, ease of use, and advanced technology, there's just no other competition to be excited about. Plus it's a Gartner-recognized industry leader, so it's a rather easy choice.
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Usability

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Zoom9.1
Based on 8 answers
Zoom is the most intuitive and useable platform we've yet encountered. I was not onboard with my current company for very long before we picked Zoom, but the difference in support calls I had to take before and after we switched to Zoom was astounding. People seem to get Zoom very quickly.
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Reliability and Availability

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Zoom10.0
Based on 1 answer
There have been less than a handful of outages during our two years with Zoom, and whenever there was one, an email informing us of the outage went out immediately, and they had the issue resolved shortly thereafter.
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Performance

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Zoom10.0
Based on 1 answer
Zoom has among the best performance of any video conference platform, as I've mentioned several times. Besides that, their Chat platform works great, and their back end always runs smooth. It's unfortunate that reporting can now only be done by one month at a time, but nonetheless, it only takes a second to run any kind of Zoom report, whether it's an attendee report, Poll results, a user report, a list of meetings from the past month, etc.
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Support

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Zoom8.5
Based on 7 answers
Zoom's support is truly world class. And I'm not sure if that's because my company was an early adopter, but nonetheless, they're very helpful. If we encounter some kind of bug (a rare event), it's not long before the engineering team gets back to me with a fix. If I want to submit a feature request, a rep gets back to me instantly saying that it's now on their scope (and then it gets added to the product shortly after). If I have a question about some feature, Zoom support always has a speedy answer.They're very good at giving detailed release notes any time there's an update, and their documentation is always great.
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Implementation

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Zoom8.6
Based on 4 answers
If you receive any pushback from higher ups, point to any of the various positive reviews like this one. Or show Zoom's excellent Gartner report, or articles describing Zoom's partnership with Sequoia capital. It's not difficult to show how Zoom is a trustworthy industry leader with best-in-class technology.
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Alternatives Considered

Amazon Chime is great for call and video quality. It's pretty comparable to Zoom both in cost and capabilities. It's definitely superior to UberConference and Join.me, both of which are not particularly reliable. I have had call quality and the screen shares freeze up. Also, neither UberConference or Join.me have a video conferencing ability.
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Zoom provides a higher level of quality, functionality, usability, and reliability compared to Skype. We always have to worry about the clients being able to connect to Skype meetings or if their audio would work correctly, but Zoom makes it easy for any user on many types of devices to connect easily and use telephone audio if necessary
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Scalability

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Zoom10.0
Based on 1 answer
Because the Basic licenses are completely free, and because it's very easy to configure and install Zoom, and because anyone can join Zoom from a link without needing an account, scaling is a Breeze. There are absolutely no roadblocks. My company keeps adding more Zoom Pro license every week since it's so in demand. We were able to convert users from several different platforms onto Zoom with no trouble at all.
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Return on Investment

  • Amazon Chime has been an incredibly cost effective way to add video and conference line services (with screen sharing) to our day to day operations because we have an account for free for being Vonage customers.
  • A pro account only costs $15 a month, and you only need one pro account for a small office. If others in your organization need to join, all you need is a basic account to join. You need a pro account in order to launch and administer meetings.
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  • We've saved costs compared to traditional video conferencing, which would have costed more than twice as much to implement.
  • Clients are put at ease by the simplicity of using it. They don't have to worry about complicated installs or audio issues, as they simply click a link and are provided instructions for setting up computer audio or dial-by-phone audio.
  • The flexibility to work with any number of devices and bridge up to 50 participants makes large meeting planning much simpler compared to traditional video conference bridging.
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Pricing Details

Amazon Chime

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Amazon Chime Editions & Modules
Amazon Chime
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Zoom

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Zoom Editions & Modules
Zoom
On-premise Edition
Virtual H.323/SIP Room Connector
49/month
Business
19.99/month
SaaS Edition
Basic
$0
Pro
14.99/month
Business
19.99/month
Zoom Room Conference Room
49/month
Webinar
54.99/month
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