Tapatalk HD – The forum app for tablet users
Tested version: 1.0.1
Latest version: 1.1.1
Requires Android: from 3.0
Many Android and iOS users will be familiar with the forum app Tapatalk. The app has, after all, been around for a while and been installed hundreds of thousands of times. An HD tablet version was recently released, promising to make writing and reading forums posts easier and more comfortable than ever. If you’re an avid forum user and proud owner of a 7-inch or more tablet: read on! Tapatalk HD may be just the ticket for you.
Features & Use
Tested on: Acer Iconia A500 with 4.0.4 Custom ROM
For those who are not yet familiar with the Tapatalk concept, here’s a brief intro:
There are currently nine forum types – such as vBulletin and phpBB – for which plugins exist. Forum users must install this plugin, thus making their forum available for Tapatalk and accessible via a native app. What this means is that you can then access the forum via an app rather than having to go via the website—nice and easy. What’s more is that this also enables you to set up several forum accounts at once, meaning you can switch from one forum to the next.
The main display lets you sign up for a Tapatalk account, which will grant you access to all forums you’ve got an account in, and from all of your devices. And if you need to reinstall you won’t need to manually set up all of your forum accounts again.
Should you wish to add a new forum, browse the categories (automotive, sports, technology, etc.) or make use of the search feature. So for instance, if you’re interested in the xda developers forum you can simply tap it into the search field and then pick the correct forum from the results. To sign up simply hit the login button on the top right.
The great thing about using a tablet is that everything is a bit bigger and generally easier to grasp. The categories are listed on the left hand side, the content on the right:
- Sent Items
Threads appear on the right when you’ve selected them for reading, making it easy to catch up on all new posts. Check the navigation bar at the top: this is where you’ll find the reply button, an option for sharing a thread, copy the URL, unsubscribe, etc.
When replying to a post you can insert smileys or images, as well as insert forum codes for links or images.
All this means that you can use a forum – read/write posts, follow/create threads, send messages, look at pics, search for stuff – in the most optimal way possible. Moderators can also do their job (monitor threads, edit them, block, etc.).
To switch to another forum simply use the dropdown menu—so much easier than having to go via the main menu, so thanks, developers!
Go to settings to make adjustments to the overall appearance and notifications for new posts/PMs.
Tapatalk HD is a very nicely made app for the smartphone’s big brother (you know: the tablet). Landscape or portrait format—it’s all good and easy to navigate. Writing and uploading images is child’s play, and using forums is fun and easy overall.
The drawbacks: there are two versions for this app, one for the smartphone and one for the tablet, meaning that as a user you have to purchase it twice. Granted, the devs have obviously put a lot of work into both versions, so I would conclude that €3 is not too much for what you’re getting.
I would definitely recommend this app to tablet+forum users.
Please note: our AndroidPIT forum isn’t part of the Tapatalk service, seeing as its an autonomous forum system. You can use the App Center instead.
Screen & Controls
The Tapatalk HD design is good on the whole, the best thing about it being that is makes for very easy controls, and the downside being that the designers probably spent more time on the iPad app.
Hardly any space is hogged by buttons and the like, leaving the display nice and clear and optimising a large view of lists and threads as well as text.
Speed & Stability
Tapatalk HD is both stabile and very fast. Loading threads and pics can take a moment, but overall we are more than satisfied with the app’s speed.
Tapatalk HD usually costs €3.01 but as our app of the weel we’re happy to offer you a special deal of only €1.49, only until February 10th.
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