Comimix for iPad Review
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Comimix for iPad Review

Our Review by Brian Hudson on January 25th, 2011
Rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: LIMITED
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Comimix is a one-note app that delivers a fixed feed of comics to the user. It lacks any sort of customization or versatility, making it a frustrating reading experience.

Developer: SENSIFI
Price: $1.99
Version Reviewed: 1.1
Device Reviewed On: iPad

iPhone Integration Rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar
User Interface Rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar
Re-use Value Rating: starstarblankstarblankstarblankstar

Overall Rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar

I love the theory behind Comimix, the app that offers an RSS Feed style app of daily comic strips. It is a great idea. However, what sounds like a good idea does not play out into a satisfying or enjoyable app.

The problem with Comimix is that there's almost nothing for the reader to do. You don't get to choose comics or subscribe to specific strips; you're getting a single static feed from Comimix. You aren't able to browse the strips they're feeding you or to find the strips you like; you begin at a fixed point and can only swipe to go back and forth along a comics slideshow, one image at a time. And what you can do with the comics you see is very limited: you can save them to your Image Library (there's no saving, favoriting, or bookmarking strips in-app), e-mail them to someone, or share them on your Facebook wall. There's no versatility, no customization, and no in-app instructions, no Portrait orientation support, not even a title screen.

So, in short, you are limited in what you see; you are limited in what you can do; and you are limited in how you're able to share. In fact, that's a very, very apt description for Comimix as a whole: limited. It works fine for what it does, but it doesn't do much.

I would love to see the makers of Comimix really expand the idea here. Give us a browsable overview, like they have in the standard Photo app; heck, make it look like a funny page! Let us browse to a particular comic, or even through several days worth of a single title. Let us subscribe to favorite strips. Let us share via Twitter or other means. Let us print via AirPrint so we can put it up on our refrigerator. Make Comimix a true funny page. But as it stands now, Comimix is an app that is far too limited and limiting to be an enjoyable comic experience.

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