Who Says The iPad Cannot Be Used As A Phone?!?

Who Says The iPad Cannot Be Used As A Phone?!?

A great deal has been made about the inability to use the iPad as a phone. The argument is, who wants to use something this big as a phone? Well to be honest, me. The fact of the matter is to be able to make a phone call using the iPad as a speakerphone would be a great thing so I decided that I would try it out.

First I loaded the Skype application. It’s currently only available in the iPhone version but, as you know, iPhone applications work on the iPad. I tried it out and discovered that it works quite well. The phone quality is actually excellent. The only difficulty was that it unfortunately locked up on me a few times. This happens to be the same experience that I tend to have when using it on my iPhone.

I went looking for a different option. Back in the form of the application line2. While the application has had its issues because of a server attack shortly after it launched, it works quite well for me since I was in the pool of users early on. I loaded it on my iPad and made a number of phone calls. The call quality is quite good. More importantly it works beautifully and smoothly all the time without locking up. It actually is a good argument for continuing with the service after my monthlong trial is up. Here’s a rough video of me making a phone call with Travis. Apologies for the quality, but I didn’t want his number to be shown during the call. Most importantly, you get a sense of how well it works.

Note: Dan is too busy playing… So he is dictating to Dragon Dictation and me (Travis) This is why I get paid the big bucks.

About the Author

Dan Cohen
Having a father who was heavily involved in early laser and fiber-optical research, Dan grew up surrounded by technology and gadgets. Dan’s father brought home one of the very first video games when he was young and Dan remembers seeing a “pre-release” touchtone phone. (When he asked his father what the “#” and “*” buttons were his dad said, “Some day, far in the future, we’ll have some use for them.”) Technology seemed to be in Dan’s blood but at some point he took a different path and ended up in the clergy. His passion for technology and gadgets never left him. Dan is married to Raina Goldberg who is also an avid user of Apple products. They live in New Jersey with their golden doodle Nava.

19 Comments on "Who Says The iPad Cannot Be Used As A Phone?!?"

  1. To be fair the WiFi iPad is a VOIP phone. It’s as much a phone as the iPod Touch.

  2. Not totally accurate. This has a built-in mic and a good speaker. That means it works as a speakerphone which makes it far more usable.

  3. No accurate? But it doesn’t have a 3G radio does it????? If you don’t have WiFi you can’t use it period.

    Using the speaker/Mic built in versus using a headset with MIC built it is the difference you speak of?

    So in order to be more usable I have to use the speaker so the WHOLE world can hear my call?

    No thanks, I imagine more “phone” users would also prefer to use a headset as well anyway so they could have some privacy.

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  5. I think it depends on how you use your phone. Me, at home and work, I use a voip phone already and I am on speak most of the time. By that standard this is absolutely a phone for me. For others, maybe not..

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  7. @perry – oh nothing, that’s my point. That’s why the iPad is as much a phone as the iPod Touch is. I think more people would be apt to use the iPad with headphones. I don’t see the fact that is it has a speaker phone making it a “better” phone experience than VOIP on the Touch.

    • @Larry. Point taken. I guess the built-in mic is a slight improvement, since you can use any old headset and not one with a mic in it, but it’s not much.

      Overall, I think the iPad is nifty and were I rich I might pick one up, but it’s hard to justify the price for what you get. My Tablet has a touch screen nearly as nice (and it also supports pen and ink) and isn’t a whole lot larger. And with that extra heft I get a TON more capability.

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  14. @jimcramer this guy saying the ipad is dead is weird. #ipad can be used as a phone as well: http://tinyurl.com/35gnun7 and when they relase

  15. Great tip for making ipad as your favorite cell phone. I already having so many doubts regarding this topic. Now I had cleared all. One question arrive now in my mind that, after making iPad as phone, then its need for iPhone on the same purpose?