With more than 3 million iPads finding their way into consumer hands, the iPad has comfortably found a place for itself in the musical chairs game of consumer electronics. The way fans and consumers have reacted to the iPad defied critics who proclaimed that the device didn’t fill a need, and it is “simply an over sized iPod that could double as a colored Kindle“. While that view is absolutely true, the iPad proved that in the eyes of the consumer, Apple can do no wrong and they would sacrifice a limb to get their hands on the latest Apple gadget even if doesn’t even work as is the case with the latest iPhone.
But rejoice iPad fans for your latest exercise in consumerism might actually get a purpose soon…
Flipbook, your social media magazine
For the half-empty crowd, Flipbook is yet another Social media client that integrates a news aggregator as well, for everyone else, it is nothing short of a revolution in the representation of social media.
Flipboard takes your Facebook,Twitter and RSS feeds and puts them in a simple, slick and easy to read format that is similar to a magazine, or if you’re not a social media junkie, you can select to read from one from over two dozen preconfigured categories that are automatically populated by various Twitter lists and established sites, like the Onion and Boing Boing, that cover categories from photography and health to technology and food.
What Flipbook excels at is making your Facebook and Twitter friends content appear remarkable by taking various media and information and bringing them together in a holistic experience.
What We Like
- The visuals; one of the major draws of the app is that it makes content consumption delectable, whether it’s pulling media into the shared content or formatting the weekend’s little league into an elegant photo album or the cresting of the pages when swipe flipped the app is simply pretty.
- Attention to details; if you squint you might forget that you are holding an iPad, the interaction designs is intuitive and natural and makes it feel like the electronic magazines people dreamed about in the 80′s.
What We Would Like to See
- More integration with Social Media: currently users are unable to post new tweets or update their status of Facebook or check out the trending topics on Twitter, hopefully in the future there will be more integration for the content producers as well as consumers in social media. And it would be sweet to support Flickr as well.
- Offline content store: currently the app doesn’t have an offline mode and it would be great to be able to check some of the content and news offline when you are not connected to your Wi-fi or 3G network.
- Better content: currently you are limited to 9 RSS feeds and the Twitter list search is not facilitated by any service such as Listorious.
You can download the app from the apple store and enjoy it for free.
What do you think of the Flipbook? Would you get an iPad for it? Share with us your thoughts in the comments below.