In the world of Flipboard, digital versions of international newspapers and other media applications, is there even a need for another digital news resource?
Here’s your answer: Paper, from the developers at Facebook, isn’t just another news source.
Paper is a curated news service. The app combines the user’s social network newsfeed and profile with news of his or her choice.
The user can choose from sections like Headlines, Pop Life (Entertainment), Enterprise, Ideas, Exposure (Photography) and so on.
While users are receiving their daily dose of news, they have the immediate option to share or “like” anything they read to their Facebook timeline.
The sharing process is simple, with three buttons at the bottom of every story, just like the user sees on Facebook: like, comment or share.
The simplicity of Paper isn’t the only enticing factor. The seamless design of the user interface is hard to ignore. When the app is opened, it’s easy to notice the clean, well-designed “Facebook aesthetic.”
Articles from pages that the user has liked appear in the same format as statuses and other updates from friends and family. This important feature delivers uniformity unlike any other news or social media application.
When the app is launched for the first time, tips are given to the user to help them have the ultimate Paper experience.
Photos from friends on Facebook are displayed in high definition, and the user can tilt his or her phone left and right to see the whole photo up close or tap the photo to zoom out.
Stories also appear in automatic full-screen mode to erase the possibility of distractions, while links and articles are easily accessed by swiping upward.
Keep in mind that this app is only available for iPhone at the moment. The one complaint users seem to have is that there is no way to prioritize news sources in the different sections.
While Flipboard does this better, the flawless design of the Paper interface and the ease of use can’t be trumped.
If you don’t have a preference between The New York Times and a magazine source, Paper is a sleek and beautiful app that can replace the regular Facebook application.