Testing the Google+ iPhone App: Fast, Sleek and Buggy (As It Should Be)

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Circles, Circles, Circles!
Ah, the core competency of Google+. You can tell they’ve devoted more resources to making the mobile Circle experience as complete and user-friendly as possible (check the screen shot above). Everything is a breeze here, from organizing your Circles, to sorting your friends, to even navigating suggested people to follow. It’s easy to connect with who you want to, when you want to. Like like like. (Er, +1 +1 +1?)

If you skipped everything else and came straight here, all you need to know is this: Yes, the Google+ iOS app is already better than Facebook’s. Hands. Down. And it’s still in beta! The short of it is that it’s already more user-friendly and lets you spend time doing more important things like, you know, actually interacting with other people. For anything to succeed on mobile it has to be so easy my mother could use it. Here? I think she could.

I’ve been as critical of Google+ as anyone, but this iOS version plays to Google+’s strengths and is a great, non-thinky experience. I can honestly say I’m looking forward to actually using it.

Anything I missed? I’m sure I did. Let me know down below.

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Chris Gayomali is a writer-reporter at TIME. Find him on Twitter at @chrigz, on Facebook, or on Google+. You can also continue the discussion on TIME’s Facebook page and on Twitter at @TIME.

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