Flipboard for iPad
This "social magazine" iPad app works best when the reader-generated material is actually interesting
- Excellent UI
- Aggregates social networks and news
- Takes a skilled user to filter what's really important
Flipboard is billed as "your social magazine," a stylised digital content reader curated by the people. But the free app works best when those people are actually showing you interesting things, and not just boring you with the minutia of their daily lives.
On a platform filled with ways to consume media, Flipboard's iPad app fills the niche of making Twitter and Facebook status updates seem more important than they are.
Suddenly, the grainy Facebook picture of my friend's new high heels looks like the cover shot of a magazine article. One random Twitter post that makes sense to a fraction of the people who read it is displayed so starkly in Times New Roman that it looks like divine poetry.
Flipboard is billed as "your social magazine," a stylized digital content reader curated by the people. But the free iPad app, available now, works best when those people are actually showing you interesting things, and not just boring you with the minutia of their daily lives.
I was actually having a pretty good time with Flipboard before it stopped giving me "over capacity" error messages when I tried to sync my Facebook and Twitter profiles. There's lots to do in this app that have no relation to your Facebook Friends and Twitter followers, to the point that it could become my main way to consume news on the iPad.
Flipboard's main menu is a three-by-three grid of content hubs. The app has its own set of curated hubs, such as World News, FlipFilm and FlipPhotos, but you can also create hubs that are based entirely on Twitter lists or users. So if you wanted a neat way to read lots of PCWorld content, you could create a hub solely for PCWorld's Twitter feed. Or you could build your own Twitter list of your favorite websites, and then create a hub based on that. If you use Instapaper, an app that lets you save articles for later reading on the iPhone or iPad, you can pull those stories into Flipboard as well.
The interface of each hub looks a lot like the New York Times' website, with one or two large images and headlines flanked by a grid of smaller stories. If the hub is based on Twitter or Facebook feeds, the articles automatically pull in photos, text and even video from the web. Clicking on any article takes you to an enlarged version, and from there you can visit the actual website for the full article through an embedded browser. Flicking a finger across the screen takes you to the next batch of articles.
I wouldn't say the interface is vastly different than that of, say, the NPR or BBC iPad apps. Flipboard is all about the aggregation, driven by social media and people rather than one newspaper editor or a cold RSS feed.
The seams only come apart when the social feeds are vapid. Flipboard may be the iPad's most powerful content aggregator, but it'll take a skilled user to filter what's really important.
Join the newsletter!
Roam freely in the digital world. Critically acclaimed performance and security at your fingertips.
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Oppo A73 review: The budget smartphone that sets the bar for 2018
- 2 Oppo R11s review: The iClone you know and love, but not quite the one you deserve
- 3 Blackberry KEYone Black Edition review: What the original KEYone should have been
- 4 Samsung Gear IconX 2018 review: The path of least resistance makes for an easy upgrade
- 5 LG V30+ Review: The videographer's smartphone arrives
Latest News Articles
- Early iPhone 7 reviews: You'll miss the headphone jack, but the camera and battery life are tops
- It's official: iOS 10 launches with huge improvements to iMessage, Apple Music, Siri, and more
- Which iPhones, iPads, and iPods support iOS 10?
- India has shot down Apple's plan to sell refurbished iPhones
- Lab results find the iPhone SE fails the bendgate and waterproof test
PCW Evaluation Team
The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use
I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.
It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
- Sony a7R Mk III review: The strongest case yet for ditching your DSLR
- Oppo A73 review: The budget smartphone that sets the bar for 2018
- Oppo R11s: Full, in-depth review
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
Product Launch Showcase
- CCProcess Improvement Specialist - TelcoVIC
- FTSenior Pega Developer (Pega Senior Systems Architect)Other
- CCSenior Network Engineer - TelcoVIC
- FTProgram CoordinatorOther
- CCProject Manager-SCADANSW
- CCAutomation Engineer/ Linux DevOps EngineerQLD
- CCUnity 3D Developer (Mobile)NSW
- TPWeb Content Publisher (VPS4/5) - Government sectorVIC
- FTManager - Technical OperationsQLD
- TPSenior Exchange ManagerACT
- FTSenior Project Coordinator, Project DeliveryOther
- FTControls AdvisorOther
- TPImplementation ManagerVIC
- TPDNS Security SpecialistVIC
- FTBusiness Analyst - Supply ChainOther
- CCRelease Management LeadNSW
- FTBI Solution DesignerNSW
- FTMDM ArchitectOther
- FTAEM/Jave DeveloperNSW
- FTSystem AnalystSA
- CCTechnical BA - BI/DatawarehouseNSW
- FTField ConsultantOther
- CCSoftware Engineer /.NET Developer - based in PerthWA
- CCProduction Support Analyst, Financial Services, Contract, Sydney CBDNSW