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.



App Review: Bloo (Facebook App)

Let me preface this review by saying I am one of those people who is perfectly happy with the native Android Facebook app.  Other than lack of inbox access or chat, it fulfilled my needs just fine.  That being said…

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I really like Bloo.  Visually it is much more appealing than the native.  It also has much more of the FB API available to it.  Things such as photo tagging and not having to drop to the browser to do things like access photos.  I love the Feed.  It’s almost identical to the News Feed in FB. Still no chat or creating inbox messages but thats a small concession in my book.  Events are listed separately.  When viewing an event you can get directions if you have GPS enabled!  Profiles look similar to how they look on a PC.  To be honest, my only fault with Bloo is its loading speed.  It seems to take an extraordinary time to load.  I’m currently testing to verify that its the app and not my Hero, so I’m not going to put the blame all on Bloo just yet.

So if you are a devoted FB user and want the best experience for your Android phone, I’d recommend Bloo.  Get it now!


App Review: TuneWiki

I have seen the glory, and it is TuneWiki!

This app may truly be the “end all” music application for me.  Like many of you, I was totally frustrated with the clunky, unintuitive music player app that came on my Hero.  I hated the way it handled playlists, it didn’t load album art half the time, and was just overall ugly. The only good thing about it was the widget tat showed the current selection and the “play” control in a nice little bar.  As a result, I rarely played any music on my Hero.  Instead, mostly defaulting to my Ipod Touch; meaning carrying 2 devices, and 2 sets of chargers.

The other day I saw several “Now playing…” tweets from a friend of mine.  Intrigued I followed one of the links and discovered TuneWiki!  It was way more than I expected.  Not only does it play my MP3s in a very smooth, and visually appealing manner; it also streams audio AND video!  Music vids come from YouTube (of course), internet radio comes via Last.fm and SHOUTcast.  Both are very good music portals, with the nod to Last.fm.  TuneWiki is also available FREE from Android Market.

With TuneWiki installed, I really dont see the need for any other music app on my Hero, well other than Pandora.  Pandora is THE best music streaming site on the web hands down.  But we’ll talk about them later.  Get TuneWiki.  You’ll love it.