iPad 2 Impressions: Day 2 and the Flipboard App

It’s been just about 24 hours since I successfully hunted down an iPad 2 in the wild, and just like yesterday I’m still glad with the decision I made.  Like a true gadget crackhead I literally spent 9 hours fondling my iPad 2 without stopping.  Amazingly the battery power only dropped %50 during this time, so I’m quite pleased with that aspect of the iPad 2.  The battery life is just icing on the digital cake though.

As I stated in my mea culpa to Android yesterday, one of the main factors that led me down the Apple path is the fact that there’s a well established base of apps, and the iOS platform has been perfected for use on tablets.  Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for Android’s Honeycomb OS for tablets, which has only had a few months in the public’s hands, and it comes with a small selection of apps that have been enhanced for a tablet sized gadget.

During my 9 hour iPad 2 marathon I found myself doing nothing but browsing, installing, and testing out various apps of all shapes and sizes.  This process alone convinced me that I made the right decision in choosing Lord Jobs’ tablet, which almost feels like something created by the Universe itself.  Some of the apps available for the iPad platform will make any geek drop a load in their pants like they’re 12 years old all over again.  One in particular really caught my attention, because I think it embodies the whole spirit of the iPad experience, and this innovative app is called Flipboard.

Imagine if you could take all of your social feeds like Twitter, FB, Google Reader, etc, and turn them into a magazine.  Instead of looking at the boring feeds that most social networking applications use where you have to click on links to read posts, or click on links to see a media attachment, Flipboard will render all of that content in a magazine format that presents all of the embedded media as if they were pictures in a mag like Rolling Stone.  It turns those mundane status updates from your good for nothing friends into an engaging experience not unlike reading one of your favorite periodicals.  I urge you to check out a demo of the Flipboard app below, because you have to see it in action to truly realize how awesome it makes your social networking connections seem even though they’re just a bunch of ding-dongs sitting at home sharing BS that no one really cares about.

Flipboard Demo


There are many more apps than Flipboard for the iPad scene, but I found it to be one of the most unique apps that I downloaded yesterday.  That’s huge considering I downloaded nearly 3GB of apps!  What can I say, I feel like a kid in the candy store while browsing the app store to see what I’ve been missing since cutting ties with Apple and its iDevices a few years ago.  Currently I’m in the process of evaluating the first batch of apps I downloaded during my iPad 2 marathon yesterday, but I’m sure I’ll find more to keep me distracted for the next couple of months.  These things really are dangerous for gadgetphiles who can never rest until they feel like they’ve seen it all.  If you have any suggestions please let me know using the comments section below, but for now I’m going to keep hitting up the app store and slowly discover what other time wasters I can find.

The one negative thing that I took from yesterday in regards to downloading apps to your iPad is the fact that you have to restart your search every time you drill into an app to read its details.  For example, let’s say I was looking at the most popular utilities available on the App Store and I clicked on Flipboard to see what it is all about.  The moment I click back to the category that I was in it takes me all the way back to the beginning of said category.  Imagine being 10 pages deep into a particular category and having to click through all 10 pages again just to get back to the spot you were originally at before you clicked on the Flipboard app.  It just seems odd that you’re not taken back to the position you left off at before selecting a particular app.  This definitely added some unneeded time wasting to the whole App Store process.

Two days in an all is still well.  I’ll keep on providing some insights as time goes on, but I really think that the iPad 2 is an amazing piece of machinery.  If you’ve been on the fence about getting one I can whole heartily recommend scoring one.  It really is a marvelous device, and I can’t wait to get back to staring at it like it was my own child.  I don’t think this week is going to be very productive for me.  You’ve been iPad addicted…


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Matt Heywood is the founder and EIC of where he strives to make you a better geek, one post at a time! When he’s not scouring the Internet for interesting nuggets of awesomeness he can be found in his secret lair enjoying the latest and greatest video games, taking pictures of toys, or talking Star Wars on EB’s Star Wars Time podcast show.