I used Flipboard on my iPhone this morning to read all of the incoming links from Twitter and RSS, and so I have a few observations to share. Flipboard on the iPhone actually feels a little more natural than it does on the iPad. I find the gestures for turning pages and heading back easier […]
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A Few More Flipboard for iPhone Impressions

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I used Flipboard on my iPhone this morning to read all of the incoming links from Twitter and RSS, and so I have a few observations to share.
Flipboard on the iPhone actually feels a little more natural than it does on the iPad. I find the gestures for turning pages and heading back easier on my smartphone, and the app is generally very well adapted for the iPhone’s smaller screen.
I also like how the Flipboard account I made one or two weeks ago automatically set up my feeds and folders. My Instapaper login was strangely missing though, so I had to enter that manually before the “Read later” button showed up.

Oh, and one more thing. I’m not sure sure if it’s the way I think about news as both something to enjoy and something to report, but I’ve always had trouble understanding the way that Flipboard handles read and unread items. Most news apps will automatically mark items as read when you flip the page or click on an item. They also clearly distinguish between read and unread items by placing them in different sections, or by providing filters (“show only unread”).

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Flipboard will often do this as well by showing only pages of unread RSS items at first, and then only showing unread items after you’ve marked or flipped through everything…but not all the time. There are provisions to show only unread items and to display read items in gray text, but Flipboard seems to get confused sometimes and will either display a few unread items (because I have read everything else) or display my newest unread items up front while still allowing me to peruse read items after a few page turns. If that sounds a little confusing it’s because it is.

It probably won’t bug people who check the news at only certain times of the day or aren’t very particular about marking items as read. I’ll still continue to use and love Flipboard for being free and incredibly awesome, but I’d also love to see the app get better at distinguishing my read and unread content.

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