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A look at: FUNimation's new tablet app

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FUNimation has had a mobile app for a little while already, but now tablet users have an app all to themselves. It's full-featured and designed to give you access to everything they've got to offer. If you're a paid member, you get even more features. 

I downloaded the app and gave it a whirl, so click through the jump to see how it works. 

FUNimation for Tablet: Free version, Paid version [$9.99]
Download for Android: [FREE] [PAID]
Download for iPad: [FREE] [PAID

In case you're wondering, I've downloaded the free version of the app for iPad, which just means there'll be marquee ads at the bottom of my screen when I'm not watching a video. There are also a few other ads slipped in with the thumbnails and previews on the browsing modules. In my case, I also have access to an account with FUNimation, so the advertising is reduced.

home page and menu

When you load up the app, you'll be shown a home page with top stories and features. You can click on those and it'll access the website proper as if you were on a browser. If you're on iPad, this is where you'll see your limits - no flash player, so no videos. Instead, what you're supposed to do is hit the menu button at the top-left corner of the front page to pull down the in-app navigation. If you click on videos or shows from there, you'll be able to stream whatever you like. 

videos

The videos themselves are of decent quality. Older anime are in smaller format and don't fill up the full screen of your device, while the newer stuff that is in higher definition fills the frame. You could search by new shows, or titles, alphabetically, or however you like. Some titles have dubs, some don't. It's easy to find what you want, and when you click on a show you get all the information you'd need to know about it right there on the same screen. 

news

For news and other things, once again - just choose the option from the app's menu. It's quick and the navigation is easy to use. On top of that, you could connect the app with your Facebook or Twitter to share things easily, which at this point is kind of standard. 

If you have a tablet and you like what FUNimation does, I highly suggest downloading this. It's uncluttered, fast and smooth, and it delivers all the content from its website. If you're on the go, you can whip out your tablet (or mobile, using the app for mobile phones) to access everything without worrying about browser slow-downs, whether you have flash or not, or any of that business. It's also easy on the eyes with the black and gray background, which eases the strain of a white-background or too-colorful web page. I'd actually sooner stream videos on my iPad than my PC now that it's an option from now on. 

The only drawback is that the modules on the home page are misleading since they go to web page links. As long as you remember to access all the app's content via the slash down menu, you'll be A-OK. 


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Kristina is a freelance photographer and writer from Miami now moved to Japan. She's a hardcore nerd culture enthusiast, Disney fan, sunflower admirer, and book slinger. Tweet her @geekerydo. F... more + disclosures


 



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