Skype 3.0 for Android Review

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  • Editor's Rating

    Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

      • Design
      • 7
      • Functionality
      • 7
      • Ease of Installation/Ease of Use
      • 8
      • Performance
      • 4
      • Cost Benefits
      • 9
      • Total Score:
      • 7.00
      • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10
  • Pros

    • Improved layout
    • Orientation for large-screen tablets
    • Front- and rear-camera support
  • Cons

    • Sound quality could still be much better
    • Larger files a bit slow to transfer
    • Occasional hang-ups when toggling between front- and rear-camera view

Quick Take

If Skype were a pay-only service, it would likely be out of business by now because of its ongoing imperfections. But being that it comes at just about zero cost, most of us are happy to shrug these off with the words, "What do you expect for free?"

Skype, the audio and video chat application that allows users to connect with each other over the Internet for free, has finally released an update specifically optimized for Android tablets, helping push the app to a higher quality on a major mobile platform other than iOS.

\"SkypeWhile the concept is good in thought, with Skype aiming to help better outfit the layout of its offering for the 7- or 10-inch screens of tablets running Google’s platform, there are still a few hiccups here and there. The company claims to deliver better audio thanks to the incorporation of SILK, an audio codec, yet the quality could have been improved upon more.

The screen layout of Skype 3.0 Android now appears in a grid-style design and dons a newly revamped Contacts list, which displays the thumbnail of each contact, their name and online status. New file-sharing capabilities and rear-facing camera support are some of the new features the update brings, though TabletPCReview did encounter some hang-ups when toggling between the front-and rear-view cameras.

Improving the layout of Android’s tablet app is a huge step forward for Skype, yet the company could benefit from some further tweaking to improve the experience even more.


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