iPad App Review: Flipboard

Please note: I should have requested permission before posting photos that were not mine to post. I apologize. Until I receive approval, I decided to remove the screenshots. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Flipboard is an amazing *free* app that aggregates your favorite sites and presents the information in magazine format. Your content can be personalized by choosing featured topics, such as linking to your social networking sites, such as Twitter, Facebook, Google Reader, Flickr, or Instagram. Changing your selections is simple and you can search for topics of interest. The presentation is beautiful and intuitive… just swipe the screen to turn the page. The app is only available for iPad but the two work wonderfully together.

You can view from either portrait or landscape presentation. I have no preference. Here are some screen shots for you to compare the web version vs. the Flipboard version.

Here are my contents pages:

Portrait Orientation

Landscape Orientation

Here is a comparison of a group pool on Flickr vs. the same view on Flipboard.

Here is a sample of Twitter vs. Flipboard.

Here’s one more. Google Reader vs. Flipboard.

And if you want to drill down to the detail, just click on the item.

There are things you can do from the app such as share, email, mark as favorite, like, comment, retweet, or view on the web. If you’re interested in learning more, please visit the Flipboard website, which also has lots of information plus a video and a link to the the App Store.

If you’re not already, I hope you’ll try out Flipboard and let me know how it works for you. Comments are always welcome.

I’m Back

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged. I wonder if anyone has missed me. Oh,well… no matter, I’m back now. I hope with the purchase of an iPad2 and the WordPress app, I’ll be more inclined to blog.

I want to keep my posts professional. If you’ve followed me on Facebook, you probably have a clue that I haven’t been exactly well in the past year or so. Anxiety and depression related to many personal issues have had a profound impact on my life. Consequently, I’ve appeared somewhat unbalanced and at times hysterical. I apologize for alarming my friends and family. I’ll spare you the details but hope you all know how much I appreciate the concern and support I’ve received. My hope is that by being open about my mental illness, I’ve done my part (albeit a small part) to eliminate some of the stigma mental illness still carries.

Now on to the fun stuff… I had initially resisted the temptation of jumping into the iPad hype because I already had an iPhone and loved it. I figured the iPad was just a super-sized version of the iPhone. And when the iPhone4 came out–you guessed it–I had to upgrade. There are several features that make my life better because I could consolidate my calendar, Safeway and Freddy’s cards, all my contacts, games, email, Facebook and Twitter, the web, lists, a camera, etc., etc., not to mention my phone, into a portable marvel of electronic genius.

After some investigation and analysis, I decided to go for the iPad. Yes, I stood in line on Friday afternoon hoping to get my hands on a shiny and sparkling new iPad2! Got to the Bridgeport Apple store about 2:30-ish, knowing the coveted gadgets wouldn’t be unveiled until 5:00 PM.

Met some interesting and very nice people in line. The anticipation of the anxious customers fueled my own excitement. Luckily, we were in the group close enough to the front of the line to win the privilege of shopping and making a purchase. I couldn’t wait to get connected (I opted for the wi-fi only model) and experience the coolness factor. And cool it is! I’m so happy with my purchase.

Take the features of the iPhone and add so much functionality and ease of use plus so many cool apps and you’ve got the abbreviated definition of the iPad. In a word, it’s awesome. I’d like to recommend some of my favorite apps so stay tuned. In my next post, I’ll review my favorite features and apps.