5 Reasons why you should try the BuzzFeed app!
Nov 25, 2013 9:33 AM –
BuzzFeed is a popular Internet website which introduces the most popular viral content on the web in addition to being a master of creating numbered lists. If you’ve scoured enough posts that begin with things like “21 Celebrities who…“, “56 Reasons to…” or “5 interesting facts about…” – then you’ll probably have read BuzzFeed at some point already. The content is a combination of intriguing, educational, silly and surprising… a mental chewing gum that can inspire, amuse and distract you. The site is hugely popular and the app itself is remarkably slick and simple to use.
Tested on: Nexus 4
Pros & Cons:
(5 Reasons why you should try the BuzzFeed app!)
- Smooth and easy to use!
- Whether you love or hate the format, there’s always something interesting to read!
- Lots of content!
- Lets you share from within the app!
- Home screen widget for quick access to content!
(2 Issues with it that might put you off!)
- Doesn’t like you watching videos in landscape mode.
- Pages can sometimes take a while to load.
The BuzzFeed application brings you all the recent content from the popular news website, letting you access all the lists and articles, the videos and the Best Of’s. It’s a fun site and, while it has its detractors, it does a great job of packaging topical news into bite-size articles for immediate consumption.
The app supports user login and the ability to share articles elsewhere. It loads up Facebook comments and allows you to contribute to the article feedback. It lets you bookmark your favourite articles too and browse subsections based on your interests. There’s headings under news, entertainment, life, local stories, video and Best Of article lists. The app is very accessible and easy to navigate.
…content is a combination of intriguing, educational, silly and surprising… a mental chewing gum that can inspire, amuse and distract you
Because of this, it’s massively simple to find something interesting to read. Whether it be articles about Jennifer Lawrence (they’re a bit obsessed with her at the moment) or GIFs of cute animals or more serious articles about technology, politics and business. It’s not quite the kind of app where you can tap into absolutely any topic, but I found there to be always loads of content to browse.
The user interface is Holo themed and beautifully easy to use. Navigation is silky smooth and very intuitive. The only blips I noticed here were freezing when you try and play video in landscape mode. Additionally, some pages took an uncomfortably long number of seconds to load. This aside, the app is very stable and responsive.
…it’s massively simple to find something interesting to read
The BuzzFeed app also includes a homescreen widget for accessing stories from your homescreen. It’s not a million miles away from the Google Currents ‘stacked’ widget so should be familiar to the majority of users. As the site is constantly updated with new content, you can always expect to find new articles, meaning it’s an app you could use regularly.
Buzzfeed – Hot list
Buzzfeed – Article view
Buzzfeed – Random
Buzzfeed – Entertainment section
Buzzfeed – Menu
Buzzfeed – Social network log in