Tactilize: The Future (?) of iPad Social Media


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Tactilize: Written iPad App Review

Tactilize for iPad

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

Here at the iPhone App Review, we tend to see an awful lot of new social media and social networking ideas. In fact, we’d like to think that we’ve seen just about all of them. However, this doesn’t mean that a cool concept doesn’t once in a while waltz across our desk. Case in point: Tactilize. The app offers up one of the neatest media cases to emerge on the iPad since Twitter, and with a little time and effort, it may yet blossom into a shining gem of iOS functionality. And for our review, you need only to slide on down below the break!

Concept and Functionality

We said that Tactilize offers a unique concept, which is not a phrase we tend to just throw around all the time. Which means that, in fact, the app does deliver. It allows users to create wholly unique and absolutely gorgeous cards of content to share on their Tactilize feeds. In this sense, it’s a lot like Twitter. In fact, users can load their stuff from both Facebook and Twitter, add it all to a card, and then load it up. However, here’s the trick:

Tactilize is much more of a mini-magazine than it is a solipsistic mini-blog. For instance, you can create a card full of photos from your recent vacation to Martinique, and then theme it up for some professional effects. Are you a media professional who wants to highlight a new movement in your area? You can do this with publish-ready quality right out of the gate thanks to the simple tools provided by Tactilize. And with the option to follow users’ feeds, one could feasibly gain new content, ideas and information from a variety of professional and amateur sources in mere seconds. Truly, this is a cool thing.

Graphics and Interface

Tactilize for iPad

Tactilize for iPad

The concept behind Tactilize is just on the other side of unique, but the art work used here is anything but. The app is unbelievably good looking, and the tools provided with to make cards allow even the least design-oriented of users to fashion together gorgeous works. Even the sliding interface is Flipboard good—and that’s heavy praise coming from us. It’s smooth, simple, easy to navigate, and hot like George Clooney. Need we say more?

Overall Value

At this point, our only real concern with Tactilize is its future. There aren’t many people using it currently, and like all good social media outlets, this is the premier problem Tactilize faces in the United States. Still, it offers a truly unique and awesome concept, solid presentation, and enough reason to give it a go that we’re hopeful. With a future update adding in-app card creation, we can easily envision Tactilize gaining some serious traction here, and even more solid standing elsewhere. Go ahead and get this one for the experience.

TactilizeTactilize requires iOS 3.2 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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