Comics

Editors' Rating:
3
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Quick Specs

Version:
3.5
File Size:
14.03MB
Date Added:
March 01, 2014
Price:
Free; iTunes account required.
Operating Systems:
iOS
Total Downloads:
813
Downloads Last Week:
7
Product ranking:
#30 in eBooks
Additional Requirements:
Compatible with iPod Touch (3rd generation or later, iPhone 3Gs, iPhone 4, iPad. iTunes account required.

Editors' Note: You must be 17 years old to download this application. The download button opens the iTunes App Store, where you may continue the download process. You must have iTunes installed with an active iTunes account in order to download and install the software. This download may not be available in some countries.

Editors' review

Although the new version of Comics for iOS comes without the iTunes comics purchase functionality of previous releases, it stands out as a snappy comics reading app with a well-designed interface and a great Guided View reading mode.

Pros

Guided View reading: Comics for iOS's built-in Guided View comics reading technology allows you to read comics in full page view or in a panel-to-panel setup that uses the iPhone's relatively small display effectively to provide an enjoyable reading experience. It's like the "Spritz" reading app, as it allows you to instantly see a panel in the best fit possible on your screen.

Offers access to comics collections across all iOS devices: Since the comics you've purchased through past versions of the app are stored in your ComiXology account, you can access them from any iOS device on which this app is installed.

Intuitive interface: The app's user interface has virtually become a standard among comics reading apps. The new version retains the same layout and aesthetics, which makes it easy to use, even if you are new to this genre of software.

Cons

No iTunes-based in-app comics purchase: ComiXology used to support in-app purchases through iTunes, which were reliable, secure, convenient, and provided a seamless buying and reading experience. With the new setup, you need to visit the ComiXology website to buy comics, while to read the comics you've purchased, you have to download them from your ComiXology account. The buying process has become tedious.

No more control of content access: Apple's content restrictions and ratings have been eliminated with ComiXology's decision to break away from the iTunes comics purchasing setup. This is good for adults, but may not be a boon for parents who rely on Apple's content regulation on iTunes.

Bottom Line

ComiXology's decision to remove iTunes-based comics purchases from its app makes Comics for iOS less appealing than before. It's pesky having to open another app to buy comics, but this change won't be enough to make most users want to switch to another comics reading platform. You can't easily ignore Comics' great Guided View, nor the app's pleasing overall design.

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