Developer: Andrews McMeel Universal
Price: FREE (in-app subscriptions available)
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

iPhone Integration Rating: ★★★★☆
User Interface Rating: ★★★★☆
Re-use Value Rating: ★★★★½

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

It’s almost wrong to fault GoComics. As a free app, it does mostly anything could want from it, in terms of content. As a paid app (via an in-app purchase subscription), it eliminates one of its main irritants: the adverts. For a comic fan, it’s an ideal addition to their collection, even despite its issues.

gocomics1GoComics is, essentially, a portal of many of the most popular comic strips out there, as well some great up-and-coming artists. There’s plenty of space for political cartoons, too, sensibly categorized according to their political leanings.

It’s immediately easy to dive straight in and find one’s favorites, with the likes of Calvin and Hobbes, Peanuts and Garfield playing a prominent part in the appeal. Just tap on their name and the latest strip comes up, along with a calendar that enables users to go back to any date they so choose. It’s fast to browse and easy to lose plenty of time to.

The new comics section is quite a delight, also, with some great new creations that are offered the same service as more established names. In each case, strips can be zoomed in on as well as added to a favorites list, or sent to a friend through a variety of social media. Although, annoyingly, it’s not possible to view the strips in Landscape view, which would have worked well on the iPhone’s screen in particular.

There are adverts to put up with too. Constantly displayed at the bottom of the screen, they’re a little ugly although clearly a necessary evil for so much easy to browse content. For $1.99 a month or $15.99 for a year, that’s easily vanquished though, and it’s certainly tempting.

Offering pretty much all the features anyone could want, GoComics is an ideal app for those keen to keep on top of the daily comics. Its interface isn’t quite the most attractive of layouts to browse, but it’s clear. Pivotally, it’s the ideal app to browse each day, as well as lose one’s self in the archives.

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