When comparing Flipboard vs Signal Private Messenger, the Slant community recommends Signal Private Messenger for most people. In the question“What are the most useful Android phone apps?” Signal Private Messenger is ranked 20th while Flipboard is ranked 23rd. The most important reason people chose Signal Private Messenger is:
Backed by people nut about privacy, including - Edward Snowden, Whistleblower and privacy advocate - Laura Poitras, Oscar winning filmmaker and journalist - Bruce Schneier, internationally renowned security technologist - Matt Green, Cryptographer, Johns Hopkins University
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Pro Very polished UI that is organized like a magazine
This app has a very polished, magazine-style layout, that is flipped through by swiping. Because of its layout, Flipboard is especially nice on tablets.
Pro Personalized magazines
Magazines is a features by Flipboard that can allow anyone to create their own personalized magazine by collecting the content from various websites and collate them into a magazine that can also be shared to other readers. Magazines can be set to either public or private access and anyone can follow the magazine.
Flipboard is available on Android, iOS, BlackBerry, Windows and web app.
Pro Google Reader import
There is also a simple import from Google Reader.
Pro Social network integration
Flipboard pulls information from Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, etc. Everything is aggregated in one app, which can then be flipped through and shared, either directly on Flipboard or on social networks.
Pro Easily discover stories based on topics
Flipboard has millions of Magazines that anyone can follow, covering various subjects. Some cover general topics like home decoration, while others are immensely specific: for example, there’s one just about technological advances that extend human lifespan. All users can create their own Magazines and share them publicly, with friends, or keep them for private use.
Pro Truly open and secure, comes from the Open Whisper Systems Team
Backed by people nut about privacy, including
- Edward Snowden, Whistleblower and privacy advocate
- Laura Poitras, Oscar winning filmmaker and journalist
- Bruce Schneier, internationally renowned security technologist
- Matt Green, Cryptographer, Johns Hopkins University
Pro Encrypted voice calling
Unlike many other apps, signal provides not only text messaging but also live encrypted voice calling.
Pro Free as in both free beer and freedom, not as in "The customer is the product"
Pay Nothing - The development team is supported by community donations and grants. There are no advertisements, and it doesn't cost anything to use.
Con Excessive ads with no way to remove them
Flipboard doesn’t offer subscription plans, having only the completely free full version. However, it does feature ads that appear between articles and there’s no way of removing this function.
Con Needs better organization of topics, mags, users followed
When you follow 3-5 magazines per topic (sometimes more) it would be nice to be able to group some of these together in a way that constricts the 'fire hose' of content.
Con Low quality news sources
The default content is from low quality sources such as Mashable.
Con Requires phone number to register
Con Centralized architecture
Signal's server architecture has been partially decentralized since December 2013, when it was announced that the messaging protocol that is used in Signal had successfully been integrated into the Android-based open-source operating system CyanogenMod. As of CyanogenMod 11.0, the client logic is contained in a system app called WhisperPush. According to Open Whisper Systems, "the Cyanogen team runs their own Signal messaging server for WhisperPush clients, which federates with Open Whisper Systems' Signal server, so that both clients can exchange messages with each-other seamlessly".
The WhisperPush source code is available under the GPLv3 license. In January 2016, however, the CyanogenMod team announced that they will be discontinuing WhisperPush on February 1, and recommended that its users switch to Signal. After this, Signal's server architecture will be entirely centralized.
Con Code being used in Whatsapp and other parties undermines trust
It's unlikely FB would add encryption it does not have access to.