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Viewed as the layout of a magazine, the Flipboard app curates content from your social networks and news sources based on your interests. With seamless layouts and only the swipe of a finger needed to flip a page, Flipboard should be in every iPhone user’s app repertoire.
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The Flipboard app’s elegant design gives you a customized alternative to obtain your news. The free app was originally designed for the iPad, and it was even named by TIME magazine as one of the top innovations of 2010. In December of 2011, Flipboard launched the app on the iPhone’s smaller screen, and it’s been one of our favorite newsreader apps ever since.
Flipboard offers you the chance to read articles based on your interests, peruse through your Facebook feed, flip through your tweets and browse your Instagram posts—all within a magazine-style layout. (Think tweets and posts, but shown in a magazine headline format above accompanying photos—pretty cool.) Plus, The possibilities to share content are endless, as you can email articles, posts and videos to your friends easily.
Not surprisingly, one of the most popular features of the app is the flipping feature. By simply moving your finger and up and down or side-to-side, the page responds according to the speed of your swiping action. It’s definitely faster than flipping the pages of a real magazine or newspaper.
The Cover Stories feature appears upon opening the app. You can flip through the different content categories (such as Flipboard Picks and Technology). Within each category, you can flip through the stories, mark them as your favorite and share them. Over time, a Flipboard algorithm learns and promotes stories that it thinks might be interesting to you. You’ll want to create a Flipboard account to get the full experience.
Accounts that you can choose from to feed your Flipboard stream include Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Flickr, Instagram, Tumblr, 500px and Google Reader. To add an account, simply tap on the network and enter your information. Under “Your Flipboard,” you can choose to flip through your other social accounts.
The Flipboard app is the future of apps to come. Other apps such as Smartr and Google Reader are not as user responsive or stylish. Flipboard pairs the basics with elegant flair to deliver an app that is sure to keep you constantly updated across many platforms.
Reviewed: Feb 10, 2012 | Kelsey Trabue