FlipMag Beta

If you’re a news junkie, then you probably know that it’s much more efficient to use an RSS reader rather than opening each website with the browser. There’s a new RSS reader app for Windows Phone, called FlipMag, that is currently in beta that you’ll want to pay attention to. It’s still not completely done, but we like it so far.

Head past the break to watch our hands on video and walkthrough.

When you first open FlipMag BETA, the app asks you to select some of your topics of interest to get started. For example, we’ve selected tech, travel, living, and photography from a list of 14 topics.

The main screen on FlipMag will remind you of the Windows Phone home screen. There are tiles that you can rearrange and resize. Click on one of the tiles representing a site or group of sites to start reading.

FlipMag screenshot

Thumbnails for each article are shown in full width above the titles. Scrolling down the list of articles looks great. The thumbnails scroll at the same time you scroll down, making a really cool effect. Scrolling down a single article is different. Rather than one long page to scroll through, you flip through one at a time. The flipping animation looks great.

FlipMag screenshot

While FlipMag looks pretty right now, keep in mind it’s still in beta. There are still a few things to fix. One major problem we find is that it’s difficult to add RSS feeds. You can’t simply enter a website’s URL. The app seems to want the exact URL for a site’s feed. We also notice lag when scrolling down a list of articles even with the Nokia Lumia 1520 featuring Quad-Core Snapdragon 800 processor.

FlipMag BETA is a free download at the Windows Phone Store. It’s a beautiful app with potential to be a great RSS reader. Download it now to follow its progress and let us know what you think in the comments!

Thanks for the tip, Simon B.!

QR: FlipMag Beta