I’ve had the iPad 2 for 24 hours now, and I have to say that it has met, and exceeded, all of my expectations. The one app that has truly made the device a joy is the Flipboard app for IPad http://www.apple.com/ipad/from-the-app-store/pages.html. For those of you, like me, who must live under a rock, Flipboard is a free RSS reader on steroids.
Put simply, it takes your favorite feeds and displays them in an extremely svelte magazine format. It may seem silly, but you’re already conditioned to read in magazine format. With this app you read only the stuff you care about, and best of all, without 100 pages of ads!
The setup couldn’t be simpler. You can sign into your Twitter account or Facebook. You can search for anything that comes to mind. Let’s face it. If you’ve thought about it, somebody’s written about it! The results display similar to Google search results with RSS feeds first, then Twitter feeds followed by flicker and whatever else it can come up with.
I’ve added my favorite things, and you can see how the app throws them together below. First is the contents page. It can house as many different feeds as you want. The last image is of the ABA Journal page. This is a prime example of a feed that is simply a feed. Engadget and the others display pictures and dynamic content, but a simple feed will look like the ABA feed. I still think that it’s an improvement over a standard RSS feed. This app makes me look forward to early mornings before the kids get up – reading my favorite articles and having a cup of coffee.