Flipboard for iOS review: Flipboard beautifies your RSS feeds

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CNET Editors' Rating

4 stars Excellent
  • Overall: 8.3
  • Installation and Setup: 9.0
  • Features and Support: 9.0
  • Interface: 8.0
  • Performance: 8.0
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The Good Flipboard is a great way to read RSS feeds and connect with social networks, providing a magazine style layout you can flip through with a swipe of your finger.

The Bad Flipboard, while beautiful, is not efficient for getting through multiple news sources quickly.

The Bottom Line With tons of customization options and a unique magazine-style interface, anyone looking for a better way to browse the latest news and social info should definitely download this app immediately.

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Flipboard is a must-have newsreader and social network hub that lets you organize the info you want to look at, then flip through it like you would a magazine. The latest version of the app for iOS lets you create custom magazines from the sources you like most so you can browse through your favorite topics, share your magazine with others, or find magazines about topics you're interested in created by other users.

Get started by creating an account with Flipboard, then sign in to your Facebook and Twitter accounts. You also have the option to connect with your LinkedIn, Tumblr, Instagram, Google+, and YouTube accounts if you want to pull in content from any of these networks. Once you're all signed in, Flipboard presents you with an intuitive layout of your social networks and some default news categories to browse. Touching a panel lets you browse through any of the default categories. But touching and holding a panel lets you delete it and replace it with whatever you want. To customize your Flipboard, touch the "More" panel in the lower right to browse through several categories like News, Technology, Business, Entertainment, and many others. Touching the "News" category, for instance, lets you add popular sites to your Flipboard such as BBC News, the Guardian, The Economist, Salon, and more. There's an enormous amount of content to choose from, making it possible to customize Flipboard with only the types of stories you want. There's also a search bar if you want to find something specific that you don't see in the presented categories.

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Where to Buy

Flipboard (Android)

Part Number: flipboard.app

Free

Quick Specifications See All

  • Category News readers and aggregators
    Social networking
  • Compatibility Android
About The Author

Jason Parker has been at CNET for more than 13 years. He is the Senior Editor in charge iOS software and has become an expert reviewer of the software that runs on each new Apple device. He now spends most of his time covering Apple iOS releases and third-party apps.