Digg iPhone App
Developed by Digg
The wait is over. Kevin Rose’s popular social news website has finally made it’s way to the Apple App Store. As popular as the site is amongst techies everywhere, can the iPhone App deliver the same sort of functionality within Apple’s 3.5-inch screen?
The answer is yes, and it’s blazing fast. Navigating around the iPhone App feels faster and more streamlined than it does on the website. When you click on a story, you are taken to the source immediately, where the pages function much like they do through the iPhone’s browser.
When you first start up the App, you are asked to sign in with your Digg account. The App will then ask you if you want to link the App to your account. Doing so gives you full access to Digg’s functions. Because of this, it seems that this can allow for other applications to be connected to the Digg account in the future. Will we see something in a future iteration of the Digg API?
Digg users with an iPhone or iPod Touch have no doubt already used the website through their device’s Safari browser, and found the mobile version of the website to run very efficiently. The App builds on that basic design while adding functionality such as the ability to read “Top,” “Recent” and “Upcoming” news, a feature the mobile version of the site was missing. Additionally, the Search function now makes it easy to find a story anywhere on the site.
The Interface makes Digging and Burying as simple as touching a thumbs up icon or a thumbs down icon, where as on the actual website, Bury is marked with a red ” X.”
See Top-Rated Stories
It’s obvious that the App was created for iPhone users as some of the functions, such as the drop down arrows (pictured below), compliment the iPhone’s interface, which is very clean. All the information is lined up top to bottom with the headline and the number of Diggs next to each.
The ability to now read the Top, Recent and Upcoming stories shows the App’s focus on the avid diggers/readers who demand to be in the know, and focus on the most current content.
The ability to save stories for later allows users hold onto content so that they may read it at a more convenient time, perfect for when you must put your phone away.
Update: We discovered that saved stories folder is missing refresh button. So if you like to monitor digg counts on saved stories you will have to quit the app and start it again.
You can Digg and Bury Stories With the Thumbs Up and Thumbs Down Icons, as well as Send Stories to Your Facebook and Twitter Quickly.
Much like on the site, it’s also easy to share stories with friends through Twitter, Facebook or email as well as copying the URL to your clipboard for pasting in a text or IM.
There was a minor drawback, and that was that the App would sometimes decide that it didn’t want to launch immediately. The only thing to do was keep relaunching until it started up. Though, it is important to keep in mind that the App hasn’t even been around for a day.
Overall, Digg users couldn’t ask for much more than this in version 1.0. It’s the answer to everything the mobile browser version left to be desired.
Choosing From Any Category is a Breeze
It’s easy to Digg Comments
Pages Load Smoothly
It’s Digg on your iPhone. Digg is a popular social media website that allows users to post internet news and other content as well as leave their feedback on content posted by others.
To “Digg” is to rate a piece of content positively, the more Diggs, the higher the content ranks.
Users can also choose to “Bury” content, which gives it a negative rating, eventually pushing it down the ranks.
This is the first official Digg App for a mobile device such as the iPhone. It is the first Digg App to allow users to browse upcoming stories and digg stories on the site, a feature that was missing in the mobile browser version.
– Current Digg users with iPhones will feel at ease with this App.
– “Top” “Recent” and “Upcoming” are all welcome features.
– Ability to Digg upcoming and popular stories
– Ability to vote on comments
– Saving stories for later is great for when you’re on the move.
– Easy sharing of stories through popular social networking sites.
– It’s free.
– Amazingly fast content load times compare to Digg.com website.
– Encountered a minor glitch, but was unable to replicate the problem. It was fussy at times, and would not launch. This may be an isolated incident, however, it’s worth mentioning.
– Does not support landscape mode.
– Does not have access to friends via app. Digg pretty much confirms that this feature is in the works.
– Some users reporting frequent app crashes
– Lack of refresh button in Saved Stories folder
– Cannot comment on the stories using app
Final verdict 4 out of 5 stars:
The app is good, it excels in the design but it’s missing some functions since Digg is in the middle of switching to a new platform. We can only assume that this app will get better after new version of Digg.com is deployed.
By the way, you can win Digg branded iPad here.