There was a recent and significant update to LinkedIn for iPad, and I’m enjoying it so far. The LinkedIn app had not been one of my favorites; I’d found it clumsy and unappealing. This update changes most of that.
Of course it follows the iOS 7 flatter design, which makes it visually appealing. The important categories are right at the top, as you can see in the screen shot. This makes it easy to get to everything. The layout in the previous version wasn’t as intuitive, and you needed to swipe right to get to certain features. Here it’s all in front of you.
When you scroll down the Home screen, the app has at least one cool prompt that I’ve found. See the little “Swipe to Connect?” That actually swipes over when you scroll past it to remind you how to connect to new people. It’s subtle, but cool.
I like the font choices and look of the profiles (Hi Joe!) And note the “X” on the right and the tab effect? Again, subtle and elegant, but it makes navigation easy and intuitive.
Viewing connections is actually easier than on the web site. Scrolling is smooth. It would be nice if you could select a letter to start, instead of having to scroll all the way through your connections to get to the “Z’s,” but the Search feature works well if you want to quickly access a particular connection.
You can get to your messages and notifications, no matter where you are in the app, from the top of the screen, where there’s the little email and flag icons. Tapping the LinkedIn icon on the top left opens access to Home, Profile, etc., again, from where ever you happen to be.
Right now, I like interacting with LinkedIn better through the app than from the web, and that’s the first time I’ve said that. Previously, the only reason I had the app installed was to get rid of the nag screen to download the app when I tried to view LinkedIn from my browser. Now it’s a worthy addition to my iPad.