We know there are a handful of you out there who are big fans of Tapatalk. It’s one of the most widely used apps on all mobile platforms for accessing Internet forums. It was early last summer that the official Tapatalk app for Windows Phone was launched. Fast forward to today and we finally have Tapatalk for Windows 8. Let’s check it out.
There are many online communities that Tapatalk (www.tapatalk.com) supports. Is your forum running on phpBB3, vBulletin, xenForo, IPBoard, Simple Machine, MyBCC, bbPress, Kunena or Vanilla? Then you can download Tapatalk to access those very forums, including the recently added ProBoards support. Here’s what you get with Tapatalk for Windows 8:
- Optimized for Windows devices with ARM processors.
- Optimized for high res displays in portrait or landscape layouts.
- Browse over 50,000 forums with more being added every day.
- Unlimited image hosting for photos you take on your mobile device.
- Tapatalk ID enables you to save and sync your forums across devices.
The app is a great way for you to consolidate all the various forums you frequent into one app. To be honest I frequent about two forums on a consistent basis: the Windows Phone Central Forums and Bimmerforums, for all my BMW’y needs. Tapatalk is a great app to jump between the two forums frequently without needing to worry about a dedicated app for either.
Notice the bit bullet point above where it says this is optimized for Windows devices with ARM processors? It’s true, Tapatalk is running great on my Surface 2 and Lumia 2520. However, I couldn’t get it to install on my Surface Pro. We reached out to the guys at Tapatalk and they informed us that currently the app is only available to Windows 8 machines with ARM processors. Think Surface, Surface 2, Lumia 2520 and others. Which is a shame because it would be awesome to rock this app on something like the ThinkPad 8. That’s just one minor quibble against the app.
Otherwise we’re loving this and think you will too. The app itself is really good. It’s been optimized for high res displays in either portrait or landscape layouts. We tried it in both orientations and agree it looks great in either one. Browsing and searching for forums is super easy. Once you find the one you like, just pull up the app bar and add it to your list of forums for frequent visitation.
Tapatalk is free and available in the Windows Store. Don’t forget that this is currently limited to Windows 8 devices with ARM processors.