Skype Video Chat App for iPad: Tuesday Launch Date
First tablet optimized Skype, made for iPad, will be released this Tuesday June 28.
cnet has a review of the Skype iPad app. Tested on iPad 2, because it has both front and rear facing cameras. Original iPad users can still receive video.
Skype iPad 2 Wi-Fi Video Quality:
“Wi-Fi video calling to the desktop produced the best quality on both ends, with high image resolution and video that was mostly smooth; there was only a slight delay. During a call, our friends notices almost no difference in video quality when we switched between the front- and rear-facing iPad 2 cameras; they told us that both images had sharp edges and nothing looked especially blurred.”
As to call over mobile connection:
“We got passable video calling at best; at worst, the video (and audio) frequently froze. Fortunately, Skype offers the option to switch to audio-only during a video call so not all is lost if your 3G connection isn’t displaying video properly.”
Video: Skype App iPad 2 Demo
Skype for iPad features:
- Instant messaging / text chat, even during video calls
- Video calls with GUI or full screen
- VoIP calls to Skype clients
- VoIP phone calls (optional Skype Out service)
Release date? “Skype expects Apple to approve Skype for iPad on Tuesday.”