Easy to create and share personal magazines; Attractive, customizable interface; Fluid performance; Helpful tutorial; Real-time updates
No internal Read Later functionality; Initial setup doesn't incorporate all social outlets
Not only does the new Flipboard aggregate news and social updates in an attractive format, it now lets you create your own magazines and share them with others.
The best news app just pulled further ahead of the competition. Flipboard, which lets you aggregate content by topic and organize it in a graphical, magazine-like format, has released an update that lets users themselves become the creators. Flipboard 2.0 allows you to take stories and collect them in magazines, which you can then share with others.
Editor's Note: You can read our original review of Flipboard.
Within Settings, users can add their Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Google Reader, LinkedIn, Instagram, Flickr, Tumblr, 500px, Sina Weibo, Renren, SoundCloud, YouTube and New York Times accounts so content will be pulled in from those sources as well. We're not sure why we couldn't pull content in from any of these sources besides Facebook and Twitter when we first created our account. We could see users missing out on content from some of their favorite social networks.
We like that Cover Stories and Top Stories are located on Flipboard's first page; it reminds us of a newspaper placing its most important content on the front page above the fold. Long-tapping on categories lets you move them around, just like rearranging apps on an iPhone. We appreciated the freedom to choose exactly how we wanted our Flipboard to look.
Users can like or comment on a post by tapping the respective buttons. Tapping on the comment button lets you see who, if anyone, added that piece of content to theirhis or her personal magazine, accessed that personal magazine andor commented on his or her magazine.
If a piece strikes your interest but you don't have time to read it at the moment, you can choose to Read Later. However, you must have Instapaper, Pocket or Readability to do this, which means you must download a separate app. We wish this functionality was just built in to Flipboard itself.
Users can manage their own magazines by going into Settings at the top right of their screen and tapping My Flipboard. You'll then see My Magazines at the top, followed by My Subscriptions. You can tap Edit within each magazine, which lets you reset the cover with a different image, delete the entire magazine or edit components such as the magazine's title, description and who can see that magazine.
An option in Settings lets you search by user. So, for example, if you see a magazine from a user that you particularly enjoyed, you can search for that person's other magazines. Or, if you want to search by a specific topic, such as Microsoft, Flipboard will pull specific magazines related to Microsoft that individual users created.
As with other news items, you can save personal magazines for offline reading using Instapaper, or one of the apps listed previously.
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