Flipboard for iPad – Flip Through Your Favorite Content

Total Score: 29.5

  It is hard to categorize Flipboard, but I’ll try.  Their marketing material calls it a “social magazine” and that is a pretty good description.  It takes your social media (Facebook and Twitter), displays it in a dazzling magazine format, and offers you articles from such notables as Fast Company and Wired Science, allows you venture over see who’s hot according to People Magazine or what is up at Etsy.   It was love at first sight for me.  I could spend hours exploring each option.

 Price Rating = 5   This app is free

Ease of Use Rating = 5   It was easy to set up my Facebook and Twitter account.  I haven’t figured out yet how to add a second Facebook or Twitter account, but could just be me.  After that, it was just a matter of choosing what content was interesting to me.

Readability Rating = 5   There’s just nothing to complain about.  It is easy to read at the basic font size, but if you want larger, you can make it bigger.

 Will You Use It Rating = 5   This is now the way I check Facebook and Twitter, so it’s a daily thing for me.

 Downsides Rating = 0      I don’t see any downsides.  I couldn’t have asked for a better design.  It was Apple’s App of the Year in 2010.

 Consumer Review Rating = 4.5   More than 172,000  users give it an average rating of four and a half stars. The current version has 8,200 ratings of five stars – which is the rating I would give it.

 Why Do You Need This App Rating = 5   This is the kind of app that the iPad was designed to showcase.  Once you download it, you’ll be hooked.

How does it work?

  1. When you first open the app, you can enjoy a series of photos to entice you to read more.
  2. You simply flip (turn the page) to get to a screen with nine choices.
    1. If set up – your Facebook
    2. If set up – your Twitter Feed
    3. Inside Flipboard
    4. News
    5. Tech
    6. Lifestyle
    7. Oprah
    8. Flipboard picks – a selection of articles on various topics
    9. Wired
  3. You can also set up Google Reader, LinkedIn, Instagram and Flickr.
  4. Once you select your topic, you can read to your heart’s content.
  5. Click the red ribbon at the top right to see the list of choices which includes Sports (everything from Yoga Journal to Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2011), Art & Design, Travel, Food and Dining and Cool Curators, to name just a few.

The presentation for Facebook and Twitter are amazing.  It takes both of these apps to new heights. I haven’t finished exploring this app.  I will add more as I learn.

Device: This app is compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and 4S, iPhone 5, iPod Touch (3rd.4th and 5th generation) and iPad. It requires iOS 4.2 or later. App developed Flipboard, Inc.

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