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Anybody tried Google Meet yet?

https://meet.google.com/

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JacksonsBarrys's avatar
2 years ago

Google Meet is great for individuals that are often times prospecting and scheduling lots of meetings with customers and prospective customers.

The capability to easily drop a link into a calendar invite from Google Calendar, and then have that meeting link just open in another browser tab is very seamless. It beats "I had to download Bluejeans, Zoom client, or update, or etc." that often plagues salespeople who have their customers show up 5 minutes late to a meeting because of this.

It seems like there are less problems with screensharing.

Google Meet falls behind where the video quality seems to be the lowest among all of the competition in my opinion. This is a tough trade-off for convenience and leads to a poor user experience where work from home is the new norm.

6 points
awwstn's avatar
@awwstn (replying to @JacksonsBarrys )
2 years ago

Agreed. The video quality has been weak every time I've used it.

1 point
itsashcon's avatar
2 years ago

Google Meet does offer up to 720p incoming/outgoing video - it's not as much as some offerings that go up to 1080p but I wouldn't say that it's horrible - you just have to manually change from the default 360p through the settings. I like the simplicity of Meet and I echo the "no additional download required" advantage. I also find that the audio quality when using computer audio is clean and clear. Lastly, the screen/window/tab sharing is simple and effective. It doesn't have as many features as other tools, but it's convenient for simple meetings. Oh and for the G-Suite users, having integrated phone dial-in support is great.

4 points
furman's avatar
2 years ago

I was initially frustrated that the Tiled / Grid view wasn’t supported in the iPad app, but I found that you can join the Meet from Safari on iPad to enable grid view.

4 points
jcfuller's avatar
2 years ago

It's simple, it's quick, and it Just Works (tm). To echo others, 720p is a bummer, but if you're using most laptops, you're capped at a 720p camera anyway, so it's not a huge deal. Meet does a semi-worse job at making it seem less low res, and their defaults are harshly low quality. That said, the simplicity is nice, there's only really 3 options to deal with, so you don't lose the initial few minutes fumbling with the sea of buttons that is Zoom's UI.

Google has shipped more features to Meet in 3 months than they have in a year. I expect this to continue now that there's been a rocket fired underneath them. Nice to be able to dial any phone from a Meet or conf room (US-only unless you want to pay extortion rates to dial) but international dial-in numbers all over for free.

As annoying as it can be to run in a browser tab, the beauty is that it works on any device nearly and with no client. No pre work or install required (if folks have locked down systems for example.)

The other thing not mentioned here is that Meet is fantastic with meeting rooms. It works exceptionally well with the Asus/Acer Meet Kits with a speakermic, camera, chromebook, just BYO screen and you've got a meeting room with the UI that is familiar with other users. If/when you return to an office and need this, it's far cheaper and easier to manage than dealing with Gsuite + Zoom + Zoom Rooms, and you have far less admin overhead than zoom rooms.

4 points
maguay's avatar
@maguay (replying to @jcfuller )
2 years ago

Ohhh interesting point on Google Meet with meeting rooms. That's typically used as a selling point for more expensive meeting tools.

How much did an Asus Meet Kit cost you?

1 point
jcfuller's avatar
@jcfuller (replying to @maguay )
2 years ago

It's hard to say as it varies by geo. Between $2000-3000ish, depending, for the basic Meet Kit in the box; we have a few rooms with Logitech gear and others that vary in cost.

There is not a better value in VC than the Meet Kits that give you a chromebox, huddly go camera, speakermic, touch panel, and everything you need (except an HDMI cable and a screen) and work in a large room.

You can see the kits here: https://meetingdevices.withgoogle.com/ but if you work with a vendor they will likely have different/discount pricing for you and also if you're buying more than one.

Zoom has yet to come out with a competitor to the 'meeting room in a box' concept and the real killer is the chromeboxes are basically ultra kiosks; they require no IT hands on support after install, so if they go down, users just turn them off and then back on and they auto boot into kiosk mode. Simple, and really effective.

If you're a GSuite customer, you should consider meeting rooms before going down the Zoom/Zoom Room paths; at least until you have a decent IT support team.

1 point
benparker's avatar
2 years ago

I've used it a few times now for virtual interviews. It operates similar to skype, WebEx, UberConference, and other video conferencing platforms. What I've seen as the pros and cons are as follows:

Pros

- Incredibly easy to operate
- Most people already have a Gmail account
- It's free
- The video quality is pretty good
- No time limit
- In browser
- The minimal user interface makes for a simple user experience
Cons

- No options for recording calls (that I could find)
- Audio is compressed
- No chat feature

2 points
jcfuller's avatar
@jcfuller (replying to @benparker )
2 years ago

You can record Meet meetings on the Business and Enterprise SKUs. This feature is tier dependent. Automatically saves them to Drive. Chat feature is also in larger meetings and on mobile app, but this is GSuite-dependent as well.

These features are not in the free-for-everyone Meet product (i.e. Gmail).

1 point
ayub's avatar
2 years ago

Great out-of-the-box solution, and easy for organisations small and large to adapt. Video quality is lacking, but the other call features are exactly what they need to be and nothing more.

The result is a reliable video calling experience. If you're looking for more breadth and depth in available features — like custom backgrounds or file sharing — Google Meet isn't for you.

2 points
merrill_cook_999's avatar
2 years ago

Google Meet is slightly less feature rich than competitors. It's simpler to get started (add to calendar, invite integrations etc) if you have a google account.

2 points
shankarganesh's avatar
2 years ago

Yep. I like it. It's as good as Zoom - except that it works inside a browser tab which I really hate.

2 points
maguay's avatar
2 years ago

I used to use it regularly, when it was branded Google Hangouts. It always tended to work reasonably well, though with what felt like lower video quality than Zoom and was more likely to drop connection with poor internet speeds.

Haven't used it much recently, but the large pros in Google Meet's favor are that it's free and now open for everyone to use, works in the browser so there's nothing to download, and works generally without much fuss. Also, Google Calendar automatically adds Google Meet links for events—which is the easiest way to schedule a call and let everyone know where to join in, though is equally annoying if you'd prefer to use a different call app.

One odd downside to Google Meet is that it keeps meeting rooms around for 90 days after they were last used, which makes it impossible to fully end a call. That can be a nice feature if you want a virtual place for people to randomly hang out, but can also be confusing at best if people join the wrong call.

2 points
akramsrazor's avatar
2 years ago

Used it for first time 4weeks ago and was surprised how good call quality was as expectation was it would be step down from zoom. Then second time on it call quality dropped off notably. Email overlap is nice. I find i've used it more lately as I essentially have done non stop zoom for months without ever having to invite/create account. So, meet kind of snuck in there for me when i have had to drive the action.

2 points
Jay's avatar
2 years ago

If you live in the Google ecosystem, Meet is definitely a strong contender for the best solution, if not the best. We use it internally at Bold, but for external meetings I still prefer Zoom.

2 points
imaginedesigner's avatar
@imaginedesigner (replying to @Jay )
2 years ago

Yes. Same here

1 point
pljenkins's avatar
2 years ago

I've been using Google Meet on a daily basis for the past few months.
I also use Zoom on a daily basis and I also occasionally make video calls in Slack, Teams and meet.jit.si.

Given that there's already lots of good info in the other answers here, I'll try to stick to my specific experience and include relevant comparisons to these other services.

Until recently, Google Meet wasn't great with larger groups as there was no tiled view where it was possible to see everyone on the call (Zoom has had this for a fair while), but feature has now been added and it works pretty well. It is useful because it facilitates a feeling of connection that is otherwise lost in calls with more than a handful of people.

Google Meet's video quality has been good enough as of late that I haven't noticed it as an issue. It still falls behind Zoom a little, but it is far better than the experiences I've had with the other services. Plus many laptop cough all MacBook webcams are only 720p at best anyway, so the extra res available with other services isn't always useful.

As for recording, I believe this is possible in Google Meet with certain G Suite plans, but doesn't come for free.

The main feature that Zoom has that I miss in Google Meet is virtual backgrounds.
I'm often sitting in front of a whiteboard and may not want the contents of that whiteboard to be visible, so having the ability to obscure my background with Zoom's virtual background feature is great and something that I hope comes to Google Meet soon. Teams has this feature as well although I've only tried the 'blur' option and it worked quite well too.

Based on my experience with these different services I'd rank them as follows for features and call quality (security is an entirely different conversation...):

Zoom
Google Meet
Teams
Slack
meet.jit.si

2 points
will_20170's avatar
2 years ago

I haven't scheduled a meeting yet with Google Meet, but I'm hoping the platform is better than Zoom. I'm looking forward to having something that works without a software download.

1 point
anchen976's avatar
2 years ago

Most recently, Google Meets has been a go-to of mine. It's simple, easy to use, and secure. We are paying Zoom customers but Zoom has recently gone through a lot of changes and to be completely honest, all the new constant updates to Zoom has made it incredibly difficult to hold meeting smoothly. There's also constant lag for letting your callers in and it's just a super smooth experience anymore.

If you're looking for free video calling that integrates nicely with your current google suite, I'd try google meets before paying for a service like Zoom.

1 point
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