Review BuzzFeed: News, Tasty, Quizzes
It's BuzzFeed for your phone
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 05 Apr 2017, tested on HTC One M8
Great aesthetic and layout, intuitive navigation, doesn't feature a lot of annoying social popups
BuzzFeed kind of gets a bad rap because of all of its clickbait headlines and listicles, but it’s a product of its environment more than anything. Using the BuzzFeed for Android app was a great experience, though I’m not convinced it’s the way someone would want to have their news delivered unless they were hardcore BuzzFeed enthusiasts.
Let’s start with layout. Functionally, it’s excellent. It displays articles in a fashion that is a bit entertaining without it just being row after row of headlines and pictures. I mean, yeah, it’s still kind of that, but tiles are cascaded down in various ways to ensure that your attention is always being maintained. On the other hand, this can be a bit overwhelming for some people because it’s certainly not what I could consider simple.
Click on an article will bring up the article just like you’d expect it to. Header photographs are there, there are plenty of options to share, but unfortunately none of these photos can be viewed in a lightbox. So, if you want a closer look at something then you’re pretty much SOL.
On the side menu you can view through a ton of different categories. These range from news to what’s hot or trending. What’s really cool is that all of the social stuff (like logging in, commenting) are allocated to separate tabs, so you can completely ignore all of that stuff if you really want to. Kind of odd considering this is BuzzFeed we’re talking about.
Nothing about this app is bad in anyway. The layout is great, articles load really fast, and navigation is intuitive. The only issue is that I can’t really imagine why you’d go straight to a BuzzFeed only app when you could simply import the RSS feed into something like Flipboard.
Regardless, if you’re a BuzzFeed fan then this is a must have. It simply works, which is all you want a news app to do.