Best Free iPad App of the Week: Skype for iPad

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Who doesn’t like free? And who doesn’t like great iPad apps? When the two come together it’s good stuff. With that in mind, we’d like to share our Best Free iPad App of the Week here every weekend.

Our pick for this week is Skype for iPad, the excellent and popular VOIP app for free calling and video calling to other Skype users.

It took Skype a while to release an iPad app but once they did it was worth the wait. I actually like the Skype iPad app better than the Mac app.

The iPad app works with a WiFi or 3G connection and lets you send and receive video from the iPad 2’s front and back cameras. Here are a few of its other notable features:

• Talk face-to-face or show what you’re seeing with front and back-facing cameras.
• Use Skype for iPad to call anyone else on Skype – and enjoy near CD quality (SILK) sound.
• Instant message and add emoticons to personalize your messages.

A recent update to the app has added Bluetooth support, so you can now talk hands-free as well.

One of its nicest features is the ability to send and receive instant messages while you’re on a video call. This works really nicely.

Of course the best thing about Skype for iPad, that makes it instantly far superior to FaceTime, is Skype’s cross-platform support. With this app you can speak to any Skype user – they don’t have to be on an iPad or an iPhone or even a Mac.

Here’s an App Store link for Skype for iPad.

If you’re after more great free iPad apps, be sure to check out our previous choices for Best Free iPad of the Week.

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Patrick Jordan

Founder and Editor in Chief of iPad Insight. Husband, father to a lovely daughter, Commander of the Armies of the North, dog lover (especially Labs), Austinite, former Londoner, IT consultant, huge sports nut, iPad and mobile tech blogger, mobile apps junkie.

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