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TubeExplorer for iPad App Review

TubeExplorer for iPad App Review

Despite several imitators YouTube has more or less been established as the definitive video viewing platform and as such, it attracts millions of views every day, while its iOS app has also performed excellently, and it more or less dominates the realm of the internet focused on video sharing. However there is now a new app on the block that claims to be, in the words of its developer Stephen Gauch, “THE missing YouTube app for your iPad”, and clearly as every intention of replacing Google’s offering, on the iPad at least. So there is a degree of hype that it has to live up to but how does it measure up? TubeExplorer is available now from the App Store for just $0.99 and it is exclusive to the iPad.

TubeExplorer is one of many YouTube clones that follow in the grand tradition of trying to emulate something popular and improve on it. Does it manage it? Not exactly but it is not a complete failure either so if you are looking for an alternative client to YouTube, this one is worth a look. Of course, every variation needs its own hook to make it stand out from the competition and if TubeExplorer has one, it is its abundant simplicity.

TubeExplorer really is as simple as an app of this nature can be and it manages this by collecting all the various features neatly and non-intrusively in one place for easy access. A tab bar located on the left side of the app contains all of the video browsing options you could need and the whole interface is laid out in a neat way, complete with icons, that is easy to navigate and not unpleasant to look at, although the appearance is ever so slightly dull but that is hardly a reason to dismiss the app.

From this menu you can then quickly access the various sections with a simple tap and these include Featured, Top Rated, Subscriptions, Favourites, Watch Later and Uploads. There may be nothing here you haven’t seen before but then these controls are a standard and it would definitely be off-putting if they were not included. Controls are just as simple and familiar when viewing videos and you can select the desired quality up to 720p, while browsing during videos is also possible. Browsing in general is an easy process and there are enough filters and categories to help you narrow your search down and find what you are looking for.

Adding comments and rating videos are other standards that have made it into this app, while other options will encourage you to browse through related videos as well as others from the same user. The app is far from perfect and unfortunately it does crash occasionally although this is a problem that could easily be ironed out by future updates. If you have ever used YouTube you will know what to expect and this is a perfectly adequate way to search for and view videos. It is good, if unexceptional, and certainly worthy of your time if you need a decent video client.

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