Who doesn’t like free? And who doesn’t like great iPad apps? When the two come together it’s good stuff. With that in mind, we’d like to share our Best Free iPad App of the Week here every weekend.
This week’s pick is Frequency. Frequency is described on its App Store page as ‘your personal video service’. It’s another excellent, social and highly customizable video app for the iPad. This is rapidly becoming a category where iPad users are spoiled for choice – and that’s a very good thing given how crummy the selection is on TV these days.
Frequency claims to offer ‘more video from more places than anywhere else on the internet’ – I imagine some rival apps might have something to say on that, but the range and amount of content in the app definitely looks impressive.
Here are some of the app’s key features:
- Follow any of your favorite online video channels
- Stay up to the minute on all the topics that are trending right now
- Get every video your friends post on Facebook and Twitter
- Quickly access anything you are following in your personalized TUNER.
- Get highlights from all your channels in My Feed
- Go full screen or use AirPlay to watch on your TV
If you’ve got an account with Frequency.com you can login to the iPad app and see everything you’re following. If, like me, you’ve never had a Frequency account it doesn’t matter at all – you just start fresh with the app and it’s easy to discover content and follow channels that interest you.
When you first open the app you’re prompted to connect with your Facebook account to see videos shared by Facebook friends and be able to share videos you like. You can skip this step as well if you like. Once you’re in the app it’s easy to add connections to your Twitter and YouTube accounts as well.
I like the UI in Frequency a lot. It’s nicely tiered and makes it easy to discover new content, browse channels and topics, and enjoy your own and friends’ favorite stuff.
The app offers you a little mini guide to getting around when you first get into it. This is nicely done, but also happily it’s really not needed as the interface if clean and easy to get around.
You use the three buttons at the left of the top bar to slightly adjust your viewing mode in the main portion of the page – between Guide (ideal for choosing channels and topics), Dashboard (browse videos from your chosen channels and friends), and Player (just sit back and watch).
Below the top bar is the blue Tuner bar – with icons for your favorite channels (and a set of default starters). As you add channels and favorites, they’ll be added to the Tuner bar. You can tap and hold on any of the icons (as you do in the iPad’s Multitasking bar) to make the icons wiggle and then hit the X on any of them you want to remove. You can also toggle on and off whether the Tuner bar is visible.
The app works nicely in both portrait and landscape views – and of course it has full AirPlay support so you can enjoy all the videos you find in it on a big TV screen.
Of course the best thing about this app is that it helps you browse, find, and enjoy good video content. It does a great job at this. It has helped me find a number of interesting channels I wasn’t aware of or hadn’t thought much about.
And to unearth fun individual videos via Topics areas like trending and channels like the Frequency Top 25 – like a clip of Louis CK doing standup back in the mid 1990s.
When you enjoy a video it’s easy to add it your Favorites or Watch Later list, and share it via email, Twitter, and Facebook.
As I said above, we are now spoiled for choice when it comes to good video apps for the iPad – and Frequency is among the very best I’ve seen.
Here’s an App Store link for Frequency.
If you’re after more great free iPad apps, be sure to check out our previous choices for Best Free iPad of the Week.