Skype for iPad finally available.
After a false start a while ago, Skype for iPad was officially released to the app store this week. It allows for VOIP calling on the original iPad and Video calling on the iPad 2.
“Skype for iPad gives Skype users the best of both worlds for video calling: the large screen and display of a personal computer, but the portability of a mobile phone. We’ve taken advantage of the iPad’s large screen and optimized the user
experience along with making it easier than ever to navigate through the new intuitive interface,” said Neil Stevens, Skype’s vice president and general manager for product and marketing.
Skype for iPad enables free Skype-to-Skype calls over WiFi or 3G and on the iPad 2 Video calls that deliver up to VGA quality video at 15 frames per second from either the front or rear camera.
I tested it iPad 2 to iPad 2 over WiFi with a friend in Winnipeg, about 2000km away and found the quality to be about the same as Face Time. Skype is on the left and Face Time is on the right. The advantage over FaceTime is that I can make calls to Android and Windows devices.
The iPad version has all the features common to Skype including the ability to upgrade to Skype Out so you can call land line or mobile phones, chat and send SMS messages. Great features for travellers.
Skype for iPad is free at the Apple App Store.