Flipboard for iPhone: Beautiful, subtle, still just a reader

iPhone | Wednesday November 30 2011 5:32 PM | Comments (0) Tags: , , , , , ,

Flipboard for iPhone: Beautiful, subtle, still just a reader

Flipboard's Cover Stories section uses social networks and algorithms to find stories you'll like. It works.

Screenshot by Rafe Needleman/CNET)

An update to the gorgeous Flipboard news- and article-reading app just came out, giving iPhone users access to this previously iPad-only content viewer.

Like other new, high-profile apps (Path comes to mind), Flipboard for the iPhone makes for a fantastic demo. It’s what you want to show your mother to explain to her why she should get an iPhone . Its article-to-article and in-story navigation is at once highly unusual and intuitive (you “flip” pages up with your thumb, unlike the iPad version where you flip them to the side). Some of the transitions in the app have subtle effects that make this free app feel lush.

Flip has always been one of the best reader apps, a great app to fire up in a waiting room (or, with the iPhone version, the Starbucks line) to catch up on news and articles. The iPhone version is fast, too, so you won’t finish your whole coffee waiting for it to load up (I’m looking at you, New York Times app).

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