iManga Reader: iPhone App Video Review
We’ll do our best to keep this simple: If you’re a dedicated or serious manga—that’s a unique style of Japanese comic books, for the uninitiated—fan, you absolutely have to download iManga Reader, by the developer Studio Bebop. The app comes with literally thousands of quality manga collections for free download, including an unprecedented number of popular titles. Best of all, you never have to leave your iPhone or iPad to read them, as they’re all self-contained within the app. Clocking in at only three bucks in the App Store, iManga Reader is an incredible value, and one we feel you’ll get more use out of than a new pair of jeans. For our full thoughts on this amazing manga reader for iOS, check below beyond the break!
Concept and Functionality
In the simplest terms we can think of, iManga Reader is one huge repository for manga collections, offering more than 6,700 titles to choose from and counting. We did some preliminary searches for a few of the series we happened to know, and were surprised to find many of them, including the .hack runs. That being said, even if we hadn’t found any known works, we guarantee you a new series out of the several thousand offered here will peak your interest. Each of these items is available for free download, and of course, a free a read. The comic reader itself is nothing fancy, offering only basic page flipping and pinch-to-zoom functionality. And though it won’t be replacing our beloved Comic Zeal, it’s definitely more than adequate for reading the included manga series.
If you’re into organizing things, iManga Reader offers an entire series of search options, including genre specific queries, age-based searches, as well as a basic alphabetized sweep of all the available titles. If you find a series you like, you’re even allowed to favorite it, or share it directly to Facebook or Twitter. All in all, it’s a tight package, and an unbelievably packed one, as far as we’re concerned.
Design and Layout
However, the app’s design isn’t quite as eye catching as some of the manga it contains. iManga Reader makes extensive use of various stock iOS items, such as gray and white buttons, stacked lists, and a Photo Gallery-esque image viewer. However, none of these items are dysfunctional, and we did find the menu particularly easy to navigate. That being said, we did find it strange that so many of the included titles failed to load data, or even specific pages: A bummer to be sure, even in the face of so much content.
We’ll put it this way: All complaints aside, if you love manga—or even just like it— iManga Reader is an unbeatable bargain. Where else will you find almost seven thousand titles available for your reading pleasure on both the iPhone and iPad? How about for less than the cost of a Starbucks latte? If you’re a fan, this is a must-have, barre none.
iManga Reader requires iOS 4.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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