Skype for iPad Released, Looks Good

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Skype for iPad has been released on the iPad App Store today.

The much awaited iPad version of the hugely popular VOIP app is a free app and works over WiFi and 3G. It requires iOS 4.0 or above, and lets you send and receive video using the front or back camera on iPad 2, iPhone 4, and iPod Touch 4th gen. Here are some of its key 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.

I’ve given it a very quick test run this morning with my friend Larry Greenberg from RunaroundTech. It looks good and has some nice little features. One that immediately caught our eye was the ability to have a text chat while on a video call. It’s easy to swap between front and back cameras with just a couple of taps. And the UI, though still quite basic, is just a little nicer than on other versions of Skype.

I’m very happy to see Skype for iPad – I’m a pretty frequent user of Skype and of course this is immediately a much better app than FaceTime because it’s cross-platform and you can reach tons more people through it.

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

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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