Yahoo! iPad App Looks Better Than the Web Site, but Is it "Magical?"

As iPad launch day draws ever closer, we'll inevitably start to see more and more dedicated apps for the thing that explain the "magic" and "revolution" (Apple's words, not mine), it will supposedly deliver. Yahoo! here is a good start.

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Now, obviously these are just screens shots (or possibly bullshots as we used to call them back in my video game writin' days), but nevertheless they look slick and, more importantly, much sexier than anything Yahoo's ever managed on their homepage over the last decade or so (yes, Yahoo is just four years shy of 20).

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But that said, is it really that different? I can appreciate the fact that the additional real estate is packed with content, and there's more information at my finger tips, sure, but I couldn't fault a reader who looks at that packed, somewhat noisy app, and says the old "it's just a bigger iPhone!" chestnut just one more time.

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Are your fingers trembling with unabashed anticipation yet?

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For comparison's sake, our second to last image is the Yahoo! homepage as it appears today.

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And as for magical? Not quite there yet. There's not even a unicorn. [Mac Stories via 9to5Mac]

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Whether or not it's a pretty app, I'm starting to see a somewhat scary trend that's coming with the concept of downloading apps to your android, WinMo, or iPhone.

I don't like the idea of having to download a full app onto my phone or tablet in order to take advantage of basic website features. Takes up way too much space.

There are some apps I prefer in app or widget form, for example, Pandora. But most apps are a very limited interface that makes it easy for me to do very simple tasks, but I don't want to do JUST simple tasks, I want to do ANY task. Facebook app may be pretty, but all I can do is read and post. I want more substance, so I simply load up the full site on my Android phone. The iPad has a nice large screen, there's no reason you need an 'idiot' view (aka, the big button, linear view) of the websites most popular features when you could simply just use the website.

I mean think about it, you could simply point your browser to the place you want to go, or you could download the Yahoo App, the Google App, Facebook App, Twitter App, Ebay App, Pandora App, Gizmodo App, Lifehacker App, CNN App, Amazon App, etc. etc.