Mobile App Spotlight - Flipboard News Reader

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On a recent poll that I held, I asked "What mobile phone are you currently using?" I'm an android guy (galaxy nexus, current phone) but I had a hunch that you my readers (mostly real estate based) are using iPhone. Hunch verified. (see poll results below)

However, I am encouraged by the rise of Android. The quality of the phones are so much better and the number and quality of apps is constantly improving. Whether you are either Android or iPhone, I think they are both great choices. If you are thinking about Windows phone or are thinking about the new BlackBerry models... I hesitate to recommend these. It is not for the lack of an excellent user interface, but for lack of useful apps available to you. Time will tell if this story changes tune in time.

mobile phone poll results


So based on the poll results, let me offer this post as an application spotlight on an app that I like very much called Flipboard.

Flipboard is a news reader app that lets you see all your favorite sources of information in a great looking format on your phone. You can set up the basics like Facebook, Google+, Twitter to get you started. I like to add my Google Reader newsfeed also. There are a ton of channels to also link to such as Tech (one of my favs). Choose from many others like Sports, Photos & Design, Living, Entertainment, and Travel. These channels curate articles from many popular sources and you can discover new places on the web to add to your favorites.

Below you can see a handful of screenshots that I took from my phone on a recent day. To flip through the articles you swipe your finger (right to left to flip a page on a tablet, bottom to top on the smaller screen of your phone). It works both for android and your iOS devices and it's free!
(links above to take you to the respective app pages) 

So there's an app recommendation for you - go check it out!

recent screen captures from my flipboard

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Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
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I selected Apple products for my first go round with an iPad; however, being stuck with iTunes was a pain so I quickly went to Android * EVO phone and Galaxy Tab...I wish they made a coffee maker!

Feb 13, 2013 06:51 PM #17
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Janis Borgueta
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I am a Droid... and love it.. I have the iPad and still not convinced that it is worthy of all the hype. =) I agree with Wallace - I wish it made coffee!

Feb 13, 2013 08:52 PM #18
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I'll have to check it out, Craig!   Thanks!

Feb 13, 2013 09:26 PM #19
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M. Lynn Delatte
Developers Realty - Broadview Heights, OH
I am always looking for great apps to try out- I will install that one later today and give it a whirl. Thanks!
Feb 13, 2013 10:09 PM #20
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Hi Craig, thanks for sharing.  We have trouble keeping up with all these new apps!

Feb 14, 2013 12:06 AM #21
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Thanks for sharing. I am going to download this app today! I hope it's easy to use as I can barely use the apps on my iPhone already! Have a great day!

Feb 14, 2013 12:29 AM #22
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Moving from Galaxy II to Galaxy Note II, so I'm an Android guy. I have a tablet too but with the Note II, I won't need it because with the Note II, I'll have all the functions I need in one compact device.  

Feb 14, 2013 12:45 AM #23
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Judy Orr
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I was addicted to Flipboard when I first downloaded it on my iPad.  Been too busy to visit lately.  Although I have the largest Android phone out there, the Samsung Note, I'd rather browse Flipboard on my iPad.  In fact, my Note still isn't big enough for me.

Feb 14, 2013 02:25 AM #24
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William - there are different types of issues - hardware support and app support. Case in point with android, I had a defective battery and verizon shipped me a replacment one. Solved the problem. As far as app support, true there is no "android genius bar" but people should not be intimidated. Hand your phone to any 'gen-y' or younger and say "show me how to..." - my 4.5 year old teaches me how to do stuff sometimes! LOL - shh.. don't tell my secret :)

Melissa - I'll have to take a look...

Richard - that's a 2nd recommendation on this thread, I'm going to look more into it as another source

Joni - if you sign in to flipboard, your settings (feeds) automatically apply to all of your devices which helps the setup time

Christine - I have a daily commute and so it is a daily read for me to help keep me up to date on things

Feb 14, 2013 02:27 AM #25
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Praful - glad to remind you to check it out :)

Hammersteins - smartphone envy will get you to switch hopefully soon!

Jay - glad you got the dial feature worked out ;) now hopefully I can get you to use that inspector spirit to go inspect more of what your phone can do... have fun! You'll get it.

Wallace - agree on the iTunes - that app is on my blacklist for annoyances also - android coffee, watch for it!

Janice - I'm so glad you are on my android team :)

Dagny - glad to make a referral for the app! enjoy

 

Feb 14, 2013 02:44 AM #26
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Praful - glad to remind you to check it out :)

Hammersteins - smartphone envy will get you to switch hopefully soon!

Jay - glad you got the dial feature worked out ;) now hopefully I can get you to use that inspector spirit to go inspect more of what your phone can do... have fun! You'll get it.

Wallace - agree on the iTunes - that app is on my blacklist for annoyances also - android coffee, watch for it!

Dagny - glad to make a referral for the app! enjoy

 

Feb 14, 2013 02:45 AM #27
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Lynn - have fun reading! thanks for visiting

Bob - I try to keep my recommendations to the best of the best! :)

Randy - this one's a keeper in my book - worth your checking out

Kimo - I really like the note II - it is great that you have an all in one kind of device

Judy - flipboard is very nice on the iPad but it scales down nicely to the phone size also, thanks for visiting

Feb 14, 2013 04:23 AM #28
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telling Iphone story...I go to the Genius bar after the fourth problem wiht my I5 and I note that the technician had a Samsung Galaxy!!!!

Feb 14, 2013 06:45 AM #29
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Dörte Engel
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Dear Craig,

So far, I have never had time to follow news on my phone. Always rushing some place or working on a project. Got the news & financial news on in the morning, so I can see, what is going on. During the day, the car radio needs to tell me any other breaking news as I get in and out.

Feb 14, 2013 08:18 AM #30
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Craig, I continue to love my Windows phone for reasons that I won't go into here.  It is the ultimate choice for me due to choices of plans with my carrier for data use.  

Feb 14, 2013 10:03 AM #31
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Craig - Not an app I've heard of though it sounds like it could be interesting.
Feb 14, 2013 01:50 PM #32
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Craig, I'm an iPhone user and love FlipBoard but hadn't thought to add other pages to it besides how it came. Thanks!

Sharon

Feb 15, 2013 10:07 AM #33
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GaRealtyGroup | 2ShortSaleGuys - Braselton, GA
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I am with the Majority - I am an iPhone user - However, was a Crackberry user for years - boy how technology can quickly change - who would have ever thought that Blackberry would be a thing of the past?

HA!

Feb 25, 2013 09:27 AM #34
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Hi Craig...iPhone has been in my life for almost 3 years, I'll be looking at a newer version maybe this Summer or Fall. One Reason I like my iPhone it syncs well with my Mac :O))

Cheers, another Great Post 

May 11, 2013 01:30 AM #35
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Chalk one more up on your iPhone tally. I was the biggest holdout with the Blackberry because of the keyboard. I love my iPhone though, even though I hate typing on it.

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