Google Fast flip is a delight to use on the iPhone!

by Rohit on September 15, 2009

This morning I was totally excited about the new WebApp from Google named Google Fast Flip. As the name suggests, the intention of the app is to help users flip through articles/news at a blazing speed. It combines qualities of print and the Web. Since I am an iPhone fanatic, I was more interested in trying out the iPhone-optimized interface of the app. With great enthusiasm, I pulled out my iPhone and hit  fastflip.googlelabs.com into safari. On doing this, I was greeted with a typical Google style – search box.

I entered the word “iPhone” in the search box and  was immediately taken to an article related to the iPhone on Techcrunch. I started flipping through and was pleased to see that the app did exactly what it said. Within a matter of seconds, I had browsed (flipped) through 20 different articles. I wanted to view the full post of the New York Times article, so I tapped on it and was presented with a screen which had three options (Full Article, Zoom and close). On selecting the “Full Article” option, a new window opened up with the entire post. The “Zoom” option too is pretty neat.

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If you want to share an article with your friend there is an email button at the top right corner and if you fancy an article there is a Facebook style “like” button.

Overall, I must say that Google fast flip provides an engaging reading experience and is easy, quick and convenient. I am surely going to use it along with my favourite RSS app on the iPhone (Newstand).  Though the app is brilliant, I wish there was an option to disable images to reduce the article loading time. I am also a bit disappointed that there is no provision to filter articles based on date, country etc. I wanted to view only those articles which were written after September 12, but since there was no filter option, I had to manually check the dates. I am sure Google will incorporate these features very soon. Until then go give this amazing WebApp a try. You will definitely love it :)

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