Trapit for iPad review: Trapit for iPad

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CNET Editors' Rating

4 stars Excellent
  • Overall: 8.0
  • Installation and Setup: 10.0
  • Features and Support: 8.0
  • Interface: 7.0
  • Performance: 8.0
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The Good With Trapit you can browse the Web just for the keywords and subjects you want. You can train the app to give you quality results.

The Bad Sometimes the app chooses the wrong images, which can be confusing. It takes several taps to get to a story.

The Bottom Line Trapit is a fun and mostly efficient way to find information on subjects that interest you. Instead of searching for stories, you can simply browse the latest news on the topics you like.

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Trapit for iPad is a browser you can train to deliver the latest stories based on your interests, but the results aren't always perfect. You train the app by creating "Traps": Web results you get by searching on keywords, then giving a thumbs-up or thumbs-down on stories so the app can "learn" the type of stories you want. Trapit says the app pulls articles from over 100,000 sources and even if you don't create your own Traps, the app offers featured collections you can browse by category.

You start by entering a keyword or phrase such as "iOS Apps," for example. Trapit quickly searches its sources for related stories, then displays headlines with images you can swipe horizontally to browse. Each story has buttons at the right for sharing with social-networking services, adding the story to the Trapit reading list, saving the story in Evernote or Instapaper, and thumbs-up and thumbs-down buttons for accepting or rejecting the story. When you touch a story, your Trap opens up into full-screen view, showing all search results in panels you can swipe through (with the aforementioned controls for the story you're currently focused on). You can touch a panel again to bring it full-screen, then touch Read Full Article to open the story without leaving the app.

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Where to Buy

Trapit for iPad

Part Number: id540899535

Free

Quick Specifications See All

  • Category Browsers and extensions
    News readers and aggregators
  • Compatibility iOS
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.