Felix for iPad review: Same great gesture for App.net, new bigger size!

The popular iPhone App.net (ADN) client Felix has made it's way to the iPad and includes the same elegant appeal with tons of features. What sets it apart from the iPhone version is the new navigation puck that lets Felix be used in a tab-free environment.

Felix for iPad is completely full-screen and includes a small bubble in the lower righthand corner that tigerbears calls the navigation puck. Since swiping on individual posts in Felix opens up a reply window or the conversation, this navigation puck allows you to use gestures to navigate between the different pages of Felix, just swipe on the puck! If you prefer, you can also tap it to slide up a transparent panel that lets you quickly jump to any area of the app.

Felix for iPad also makes great use of pop-ups. I hate it when apps use the entire iPad screen to do something that doesn't need that much space, and the folks at tigerbears have integrated popups just perfectly. When writing a post, viewing a post, and viewing profiles, a popup comes up that allows you to still view what's going on in the stream behind.

Felix for iPad also supports all the other great features of its iPhone counterpart including push notifications, multiple accounts, private messaging, saving conversations, drafts, custom links, Twitter crossposting, 1Password integration, read-later support, and more.

The good

  • Elegant interface
  • Lots of gestures
  • Great use of popups
  • Push notification support
  • Support for multiple accounts
  • Crosspost to Twitter
  • Save hashtags or conversations for easy reference later
  • Save web pages to Pocket, Instapaper, Readability, and Pinboard

The bad

  • An option to get out of fullscreen mode and use a tabular view similar to the iPhone version would be great

The bottom line

Felix for iPhone has been my favorite ADN client for some time now, and I was naturally excited to hear of it's arrival on the iPad. I'm happy to report that the iPad version does not disappoint. The interface, gestures, typography, and design of Felix for iPad is just great.

Leanna Lofte

Former app and photography editor at iMore, Leanna has since moved on to other endeavors. Mother, wife, mathamagician, even though she no longer writes for iMore you can still follow her on Twitter @llofte.