Same was my story, I bought ipad for same reason but luckily my bro told me one good resource on internet to configure my ipad with skype http://www.techseeks.com/how-to-use-skype-on-ipad-3.html.I hope your problem would be solved after that.
Hi! I propose to add to display the thumbnail for online contacts, when the tablet is in the upright position. It will be very usefull!
on iPad 2 when I turn display to the vertical position, the keyboard is half cut off. please fix it!