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Review: Unread for iPad

When Unread for iPhone launched back in February, it earned a spot on my home screen.

Today, it's big brother, Unread for iPad is here.

The tablet version brings the same great gesture-based controls and clean design that Unread users are used to, but the reading experience is even better.

Because of its sliding panel design, Unread only ever shows one type of content at a time. For example, tapping on a list or filtered set slides in that content, one screen at at time, creating a clear hierarchy and path of action for the user.

This is present, of course, on the iPhone version as well, but because most iPad apps use pop-overs or columns for this sort of thing instead of sliding panels, Unread for iPad's structure is very easy to understand.

Like most apps that exist on both the iPhone and iPad, the new tablet version of the app is great to read with. Unread's lack of Chrome makes the app just about indistinguishable from something like Instapaper or Pocket.

That's not a bad thing at all. Reading on Unread is stress free and enjoyable.

The rest of Unread is just what you expect. All of the great sharing options are present, as is the support for a bevy of RSS providers, including Feed Wrangler, Feedbin, Feedly, Fever and Newsblur.

Unread for iPad can be purchased for $4.99 on the iOS App Store.