G-Pad – for Google+ is a new 3rd party Google+ app for iPad, from the developers of the MyPad, a popular iPad Facebook app.
Here’s a bit of its App Store intro:
Google+, Gmail & Twitter beautifully designed for the iPad –
View multiple profiles as stackable, scrollable pages that are visually stunning & interactive.
• Beautiful Photo Galleries
• Twitter Timeline, DM, Mentions & more (via + button)
• Free Music
• Swipe-based navigation
• Interactive Video Player
• Games with Friends – Poker, Tiny Zoo, Tiny Chef, Mob Empire & more!
• Trending iPad Apps
• Quick Links (Stream, Circles, Gmail, Photos, Timeline, Profile & more!)
• Portrait & Landscape modes
• Pull-Down to Refresh
A more friendly way of being social. Optimized for fun.
There’s probably a decent little opportunity for a good Google+ app for the iPad right now, since Google themselves have not yet seen fit to release one. I’ve spent a little while with the app this afternoon and my first impression is a definite No Thanks.
For starters, I think the focus (or lack thereof) of the app is very odd. Others’ mileage may vary, but I feel like Google+ has enough going on to merit its own app. I don’t want Gmail and Twitter lumped into an iPad Google+ app. I also have no need at all to see iPad Trending Apps, which is a section in the app’s sidebar. That just seems bizarre.
A few other things that left me less than impressed:
— In landscape mode the app leaves a big portion of the screen mostly unused.
— The Suggested People page doesn’t seem to work at all. I could not make the Add button or the X (remove) button work at all.
— The Photos pages load quite slowly.
— If you open the Gmail section it comes up as a popover – but it’s hard to get rid of it once it’s up.
— The first time I tried to enter text and make a post to Google+ it crashed back to the home screen and then forgot my Google+ login credentials when I went back into the app.
This is Version 1.0.0 of the app. For me, it feels more like an 0.x release.
Here’s an App Store link for G-Pad; it’s a free, ad-supported app – with an In-App purchase of $0.99 to remove ads.