Flipboard, the REAL review

Finally! I got the email from Flipboard, informing me that I can now enter my accounts into it. Awesome right?

So, I immediately did so, with only a minor hiccup on the Facebook side of things. Which is to be expected as Facebook has been having issues for several weeks. That aside, everything else went smoothly.

The first thing I checked out was Twitter. I almost don’t know where to start. The experience is seriously amazing. Flipboard takes your incoming tweets and presents them in magazine fashion. Yeah I know you already know all that. What I’m saying is that it actually works as advertised! The layout is clean and easy to read. Pictures are displayed in-line. Snippets of articles are shown to make it easy for you to choose what to read further. There is a slider at the bottom of the page which allows you to move forward or back in the tweet timeline, regardless of the orientation of the page. I follow a lot of tweeters so I have a lot of tweets coming in regularly. Because of the volume, I typically just skim over the last hour or so of tweets to see if anything catches my attention, unless I am following something specifically. I find with Flipboard, I am actually reading a lot more tweets (completely) mostly due to the new convenience. It really is just like reading a magazine. Hard to put down once you start it. Lol.

What I don’t like… There’s not any deal breakers, but there are a few things that can be improved upon. First, and probably most troubling is I don’t see any readily available way for Flipboard to handle direct messages either from Twitter or Facebook. Without that feature (if the functionality IS there I can’t find it, which is just like it not being there), the apps is relegated to just being a neat way to view updates, not a real replacement for a dedicated Twitter or Facebook client. Which may or may not be their intent. Also there seems to be no rhyme or reason to how the tweets or updates are displayed. The Twitter side at least has a timeline, but the Facebook updates don’t. So you don’t know which updates are being left out, and yes some do get left out. So what’s the choice algorithm? Lastly, I’d like the retweet feature to allow me to edit the tweet before sending it. Like I said, no deal breakers, just things I’d like to see changed.

Overall, I think Flipboard is a great app. Is it the “killer” iPad app? I’m reserving judgement on that u till after the first update!



Flipboard, a review… Sort of…

Like many, many iPad owners, I have been waiting for that one app that makes absolutely go gaga over my iPad. I mean there are a lot of really cool apps out there already, but so far, none of them scream “killer app” yet.

Enter stage left… Flipboard. When this app was announced, I was like “this is it!”. So again, like many of you, I immediately rushed to download the app. Super excited to play with this new phenomenon, you can imagine my huge let down when I found out that I couldn’t. It appears that in their zeal to get their product to the market, the creators greatly underestimated the largest denominator, demand.

As of yet, I still haven’t been able to sign up my Twitter, nor my Facebook accounts in Flipboard. Who knows when that will happen. I have received my email saying I was “in line”, but what does that mean time-wise? Hours, days, weeks…months? I have yet to see the multitude of tweets stating that people are being allowed to sign up. Sorry but thats a major FAIL in my book and kind of taints my perception of the company.

So here I sit, wishing I could use this awesome looking app I have downloaded. I have purused a lot of the Flip content. It’s decent. Nothing that says “wow”. But then that wasn’t the draw for me anyway. It was the fact I could aggregate my Facebook and Twitter into it. Which I still can’t do. Are you listening Flipboard? We like your product, if only we could USE IT!

End of rant.


These are a few of my favorite…apps…

Well, the update didnt happen on the 26th as I predicted [not that it took Nostradamus].  I’m not bitter, really i’m not.  You hear that Sprint?  You havent beaten me!  I WILL SURVIVE!! [sorry.. was channeling Gloria Gaynor]

To cheer myself up I thought I’d post some of my favorite/most used apps.  Just the top ten that I use daily and really like; and why I like them.  Not real reviews, just a blurb or two.  So, in no particular order:

Hootsuite – currently my favorite (tied with Seesmic) twitter app.  I like the way it handles multiple columns a little better than Seesmic does, although I think Seesmic is a bit more polished and smoother to use.

Handcent – SMS application.  Still my choice.  True enough I haven’t tried Chomp yet but from everyone I’ve talked to, Handcent is the better choice anyway.  I average about 2500 texts a month so a good SMS app is non-negotiable.

Bloo – the best Facebook app in my opinion.  I can do everything I want except create messages and play games.  The message thing is annoying but I can live with it for now.  Way better than the stock Android FB client.

Opera Mini Browser – Im kind of twisted on this one.   I’ve been an Opera fan for a long time on different platforms (Windows, Mac, PSP, etc.), and they have done a great job for Android.  I love this browser.  Trouble is, I love Dolphin also.  So I flip back and forth between them.  Maybe after a couple more updates there will be a clear winner for me LOL

Foursquare – I know I know. LOL. Still I love this app.  I’m growing addicted to collecting the badges and I love the tips people leave about the locations.  Plus its fun seeing where my friends are traveling.  The app isnt without its issues but Im sure with subsequent upgrades it will get better.

Fandango – The perfect movie app.  Theaters, times, reviews, clips.  If it came with popcorn it’d be perfect.

TuneWiki – Very nice music app.  Not does a good job of playing my downloaded music, but it also streams radio stations and other music through Shoutcast and Last.fm.  Bonus?  It displays lyrics for your songs! Not a necessity, but cool nonetheless.

Sprint Navigation – Everybody loves to trash the Sprint “built ins” and for the most part they are right.  The apps are bloated, clunky, and resource hogs.  Sprint Nav is the exception.  I really like it.  I was going to buy a Tom Tom but I’ve put it off indefinitely.  I know it doesnt have all the features of a stand alone GPS, but for free? It will do lol

Evernote – The Android front end to the web based Evernote.  Havent used it? You should. Its a very useful application.  You can keep notes, list, full documents, whatever there and access them from anywhere, including your phone!  You can even append notes from the phone.

Barcode Scanner – If you do not have this app, you are not using your Android phone at all.  I love this app!  Scan any barcode, get info!  Nearly any kind of barcode.  Makes shopping interesting LOL

Well thats my top ten.  I’d recommend any of these apps.  I’m going to do one of these every month to see how my preferences change.  Could be intriguing… Ciao!