Lifesize Video Conferencing vs. Whereby

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Lifesize Video Conferencing
Score 8.0 out of 10
N/A
Lifesize is a web conferencing platform focused on making video conferencing systems and video conferencing apps work well together, while still being easy-to-use. Their platform incorporates web conferencing software with meeting room devices and wireless screen sharing.
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Whereby
Score 8.6 out of 10
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Norwegian company appear.in offers their flagship video conferencing platform to small teams, both in a free edition hosting up to 4 guests simultaneously in a session or a paid edition that supports up to 12 simultaneous meeting guests, among other features.
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Editions & Modules
Enterprise
$12.95 per user/month
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Plus
$14.95 per user/month
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Standard
$16.95 per user/month
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Free
$0
per user
Pro
$9.99
per user
Business
$59.99 and up
per user/room
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
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Free Trial
YesYes
Free/Freemium Version
YesYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsWith every plan, you get the collaboration features you use everyday, at no additional cost: • Unlimited video conferences • Downloadable desktop and mobile apps • Secure encryption set by default • Unlimited meeting duration • Free, browser-based web app • Two-way and group chat with popular chat integrations • Centralized, name-based directory • Online reporting and account management • Email and calendar scheduling
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Community Pulse
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Lifesize Video Conferencing
Chose Lifesize Video Conferencing
We evaluated BlueJeans, Google Hangouts (Chromebox for Hangouts), Biba, and Cisco. Lifesize had the absolute best in-room and out of box combined experience. I can literally ship a unit across the world and in 3 questions the unit is on Lifesize Cloud, in the directory, and …
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Top Pros
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Features
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Performance & Compatibility of Online Events Software
Comparison of Performance & Compatibility of Online Events Software features of Product A and Product B
Lifesize Video Conferencing
8.9
161 Ratings
10% above category average
Whereby
7.8
14 Ratings
3% below category average
High quality audio8.9161 Ratings9.014 Ratings
High quality video8.9159 Ratings9.014 Ratings
Low bandwidth requirements8.8151 Ratings8.012 Ratings
Mobile support00 Ratings5.011 Ratings
Screen Sharing
Comparison of Screen Sharing features of Product A and Product B
Lifesize Video Conferencing
8.9
156 Ratings
11% above category average
Whereby
8.0
13 Ratings
1% above category average
Desktop sharing8.9156 Ratings8.013 Ratings
Whiteboards00 Ratings8.04 Ratings
Online Meetings / Events
Comparison of Online Meetings / Events features of Product A and Product B
Lifesize Video Conferencing
8.9
149 Ratings
8% above category average
Whereby
9.4
13 Ratings
13% above category average
Calendar integration8.8113 Ratings9.94 Ratings
Meeting initiation8.9142 Ratings9.010 Ratings
Record meetings / events8.8112 Ratings9.07 Ratings
Slideshows8.997 Ratings9.35 Ratings
Integrates with social media00 Ratings9.72 Ratings
Online Events Collaboration
Comparison of Online Events Collaboration features of Product A and Product B
Lifesize Video Conferencing
9.0
93 Ratings
7% above category average
Whereby
8.3
9 Ratings
1% below category average
Live chat9.092 Ratings9.09 Ratings
Q&A9.062 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Audience polling00 Ratings7.01 Ratings
Online Events Security
Comparison of Online Events Security features of Product A and Product B
Lifesize Video Conferencing
9.0
114 Ratings
8% above category average
Whereby
6.9
11 Ratings
19% below category average
Participant roles & permissions9.0114 Ratings5.09 Ratings
User authentication00 Ratings8.86 Ratings
Confidential attendee list00 Ratings7.04 Ratings
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Lifesize Video ConferencingWhereby
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User Ratings
Lifesize Video ConferencingWhereby
Likelihood to Recommend
8.0
(162 ratings)
9.0
(15 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
10.0
(24 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
Usability
8.4
(37 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
Availability
8.2
(7 ratings)
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Performance
8.2
(15 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
Support Rating
7.0
(49 ratings)
5.1
(9 ratings)
In-Person Training
7.3
(2 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
Online Training
9.1
(5 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
8.0
(136 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Configurability
7.7
(10 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Ease of integration
7.4
(10 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
8.2
(18 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
8.2
(6 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
9.1
(3 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
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Likelihood to Recommend
Lifesize
Lifesize Video Conferencing is a real-time meeting and video conferencing solution that works simply and immediately with features that fit our needs. I recommend it because it is professional, easy to configure, with maximum security, and where collaboration and teamwork are essential. possible, increasing workflow and productivity, to increase communication and efficiency in projects, it offers positive results and a pleasant experience for all.
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Whereby
If you cannot use another more common solution on the market or are looking for an alternative to the known solutions, it is a great alternative. If you have other tools already, and just want to test [them], that's fine, but I think the better-known ones have a better chance of using, knowing, and the learning curve will be shorter.
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Pros
Lifesize
  • The touchpad makes it extremely easy to join or start conference calls with a single pushbutton.
  • The Lifesize solution is affordable and has been extremely reliable for our video conference calls.
  • Camera quality is great and provides clear video for our organization.
  • The pan/tilt/zoom features are very helpful to focus in on specific people or items during a training or demonstration.
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  • Easy to use: The app is very, very easy to use. Literally just create a chat room (input a name) and access it to chat.
  • Call/video quality: I've experienced better call quality on appear.in than in almost all other chat and video conferencing services out there.
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Cons
Lifesize
  • Lack of features or options to integrate with other solutions
  • Audio was just ok. If it was a meeting with more than 3-4 people, it seemed it was too much
  • I had a hard time with support. They were not very responsive and felt like an up-hill battle at times.
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Whereby
  • The paid version may have dial-in. But I have always used the free version. Dial-in is typically required for an "official" multi-purpose teleconference platform.
  • I did have some trouble with larger groups (5+) when it was Appear.in but almost always use it for small 1-on-1 or 3 person meetings.
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Likelihood to Renew
Lifesize
Other than the HIPAA compliance, we have no compelling reason to retain LifeSize when we can already pay for similar services included with our UCaaS service. Our UCaaS vendor, Fuze, includes video conferencing with the VoIP services via single, integrated client software package. Additional limitations include minimal implementation assistance, training service, training materials and assistance driving internal adoption. Issues with slow speed for desktop sharing and audio quality make the technical aspects of Lifesize inferior to competitors.
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Whereby
We are using a larger tool suite that already includes video conferencing instead of our older approach of using different apps from different vendors. appear.in has a simple but great set of features but its pricing scheme is not as scalable as we really need in a 500+ employee company.
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Usability
Lifesize
Overall experience with Lifesize Video Conferencing has been great. While it serves it's basic purpose of allowing smooth video/audio meetings of people located at different places with option of screen sharing/chatting/ recording, what add to it's pros are it's accessibility from various platforms, flexibility to switch to a listen only mode in case of network issues and ease of operation.
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Whereby
Very easy to use, technical and non-technical colleagues have used it with no instructions needed. That says all about the app and services.
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Reliability and Availability
Lifesize
Since we are an educational institution we not only have scheduled classes which must be available, but we have staff members in a variety of areas ranging from recruiting and admissions to advancement and the President's office who need to connect with students, alumni and other interest groups, often at odd hours. I have not, since using Lifesize had anyone complain of not being able to connect
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Performance
Lifesize
Lifesize is an amazing platform for VC. However, it is a costly solution for any scaling startup. However, implementation and user acceptability was fairly easy and worth the additional spend. Quality has always been on point and support has always taken care of us. Our account manager also ensured a seamless transition process for Google Hangouts. Will go with this solution again at any other organization.
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Whereby
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Support Rating
Lifesize
Support has been decent throughout our use of Lifesize Video Conferencing. There were times we needed to make changes, customizations and additions to the application which took a little longer than expected. Overall the support team for Lifesize was very responsive to our requests. When we experienced issues with the application they were resolved to our expectations.
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Whereby
Never had to contact support, so we cannot give a rating for their overall support. When we noticed the audio was not always great quality, we simply educated our users to mute the mic and use the in-room conference phone which is connected via a dedicated VOIP link and had much better voice quality. The video performance varied by locations network speed and found it got much worse when the room size increased to over 4 connections.
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In-Person Training
Lifesize
Sensus was really helpful in the initial setup and training of our technical Support Team. Sensus gave us training on site so that it would be our own equipment that was set up. Then the in house tech team took over to train other users who would be using the system. When needed the Sensus and Lifesize tech support were really helpful in trouble shooting or guiding us through any difficulty.
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Online Training
Lifesize
I gave this rating because Lifesize's website offers multiple quality videos that shows you exactly how the software works. The videos are divided into different categories which makes searching for a video fairly simple! If for some reason you have a question not answered in one of the how-tos you can always contact support. Excellent product, excellent service!
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Implementation Rating
Lifesize
Great for companies that need to accomplish multiple things at once while at different places. From our experience, broadcasting news is most favorable considering the level of excellence you get with the product plus the affordability. It can be used both privately amongst employees, or shared publicly through covering events
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Whereby
After a recommendation from a partner, as the system is very easy to use, we simply start.
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Alternatives Considered
Lifesize
When compared to Zoom, one of the massive benefits that Lifesize brings is total peace of mind with security. Call encryption is part of the core in Lifesize and not an optional feature as in Zoom. I don't know about you, but every conversation can contain private and confidential information, so protecting me, my team, and my customers is totally covered with Lifesize! When compared with other providers, the quality of the video and lip sync on Lifesize is simply flawless. With the ability to deliver a call at 4k ultra high definition at 60 frames per second, the platform is simply awesome! Zoom is only 720p and the data share is only 5 frames per second. Zoom is simply substandard when compared to Lifesize. We often speak with clients who are using Teams or Skype for Business, but when you compare the video and audio quality with that achieved by Lifesize, they simply do not match up. If you want excellent quality video and ultra-sharp audio, then Lifesize is the only way to go!
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Whereby
I find Zoom more complicated to use and harder to use because a lot of people do not like having to download things to their computers or devices and Whereby is so easy to get connected with . I like that Zoom offers larger rooms, but at this point the cost is not worth the extra expense.
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Scalability
Lifesize
With LifeSize Cloud, it's very easy to simply add another Icon to your system and join it to your cloud. You can easily and instantly create meetings and add users both in your organization and out without any difficulty. The cooperation between the Icons and cloud users running on their laptops makes it easy to scale this out to your entire company, including joint venture without difficulty.
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Whereby
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Return on Investment
Lifesize
  • Training users on how to use the software is quick and easy.
  • Calling abroad saves a good chunk of money for both the end user and company.
  • Does save on travel as remote users are able to have a similar experience as the people attending the meetings and no need to travel to the other locations for meetings.
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Whereby
  • In general, any sort of online collaborations saves a lot on your budget. The meetings are rather more on time and can be efficient and short.
  • Easy to drop-by and have a small talk with clients/teammates within COVID era.
  • The URL makes you look fancy instead of a random hash.
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ScreenShots

Lifesize Video Conferencing Screenshots

Screenshot of Lifesize Web App directoryScreenshot of Lifesize Web App screen sharing and five-way callScreenshot of Lifesize Desktop App home screenScreenshot of Lifesize Desktop App group video call with moderator controlsScreenshot of Lifesize Record & Share personal video libraryScreenshot of Lifesize Record & Share personal video library - video feed

Whereby Screenshots

Screenshot of Easy video meetings in your browser. No downloads, no login.Screenshot of Up to 50 participants in Townhall rooms.Screenshot of Record, save, and share meetings.