Just over a month after we saw it leaked, Skype for iPad is out across the world. It works over both 3G and WiFi, even on AT&T. You can chat in a pop-up window during your video and audio calls, adjust your status, jump back to other apps while a call is in progress, and generally get your one-on-one Skype needs handled with ease.
In our testing so far we're actually fairly impressed. Video quality was generally quite decent and audio didn't stutter or lag at all, even when switching into other apps during an active call. We wouldn't say it was quite up to FaceTime standards, but it's more than a fair tradeoff when you consider you'll be able to call Skype users on most any platform. It was also straightforward to alter your status update, find your contacts via tags within the app, and chat during the call. Skype wasn't able the hand off a call from WiFi to 3G -- but if it did, what would you have to look forward to in the next update?
Grab it in iTunes at the source link below and check out the gallery after the break.
Update: Looks like the app isn't available at the moment, Skype just tweeted "To ensure your best Skype experience, we've temporarily removed Skype for iPad which went live prematurely today," then apologizing "for the inconvenience." Hopefully it'll go back up soon -- Skype contacted us and let us know it should be back up in "short order."
Update 2: Skype says that it's back and sure enough, it is.