U.S. News Weekly for the iPad is the new iPad edition, or ‘digital magazine’ from the editors of U.S. News & World Report. U.S. News & World Report is the latest long-established, blue-chip name in the world of print publications to launch an iPad title.
The good news for iPad-owning fans of U.S. News & World Report is that there is now an iPad edition and it’s only 99 cents for a month’s subscription. The bad news is that the quality of the iPad edition is nowhere near the quality of the print title.
Of course the content is good, but there is very little about this app that feels anything like a real iPad edition.
The screencap above is what a page looks like in Feedly on the iPad if you choose to turn your iPad into landscape mode. Feedly doesn’t recognize landscape mode at all, so you’re forced to use the app always in portrait mode. I think that’s a very bad design decision for any app that involves reading on the iPad. The way we choose to read on the iPad is both a very personal thing, and something that may well change depending on where you are, what time of day it is, and so on.
This is just one of a number of very disappointing aspects of Feedly on the iPad. Another major one is that the app makes it very difficult to see all of your feeds, if you have more than ten. I have over 200 subscriptions, so seeing only 10 in the home page’s Featured area is really not much use at all. And there is no ability to choose which feeds show up in the featured section. So we’re forced into portrait mode and forced to go with whatever the app thinks is the right list of featured feeds. Very lame.
OC Register for iPad is the iPad edition of the Orange County Register local newspaper. In amidst the big national titles on the iPad, it’s a ‘little’ title with big ambitions. In the welcome note to readers for the iPad edition, the editor promises:
We have taken a different path from others. What you see is not the newspaper in tablet form, but a new ,more lively, entertaining, and engaging experience.
That’s quite a bold statement, especially from a local newspaper. I’m a big follower of newspaper and magazine titles for the iPad, so any time I see an iPad edition with these sort of strong ambitions I’m interested straight away, excited even to see if the title can live up to them.
So I’ve been checking out the OC Register for iPad over the last couple of days – and I’m impressed …
Flipboard for iPad has set the bar quite high for up and coming news aggregating iPad apps who aim to imitate their secret formula: a simple clean elegant UI, fun and compelling to use, one that makes you keep coming back for the experience. I recently discovered two apps – Zite and Hitpad – that both aim to please in much the same way as Flipboard does, bringing news you can use in an iPad-friendly smart-swiping way. The two have slightly different approaches – I can’t help wondering which one will find a permanent place in my app habits. Continue reading
The Onion Tablet brings The Onion, or ‘America’s Finest News Source’, to the iPad. It was released on the iPad App Store on April 1st, a fitting date for the most scathingly satirical news title to hit the iPad. Here’s a little of its App Store intro:
This is the official iPad application of The Onion, America’s Finest News Source. It is the last bastion of unbiased, reliable, and definitive news in a world dominated by superficiality, mediocrity, and non-Onion news outlets.
I’ve been trying out The Onion Tablet over the weekend, closely comparing its news coverage with that of the CNN, New York Times, Times of London, and Washington Post apps. That last part is completely untrue of course, but I have been giving the new Onion app a look …
The Daily – the first ever iPad-only newspaper – was released just about a month ago, by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. The company poured millions into the app leading up to its launch and has assembled an experienced and respected team of over 100 people to run it. Here’s part of the elevator pitch for The Daily, from its launch day press release:
The Daily is built from scratch for the iPad by some of the best in the business to bring you a package that’s smart, attractive, and entertaining.
The first digital news publication with original content created every day exclusively for the iPad®. Built from scratch by a team of top journalists and designers, The Daily covers the world: breaking news, sports, pop culture, entertainment, apps, games, technology, opinion, celebrity gossip and more.
The Daily has the depth and quality of a magazine but is delivered daily like a newspaper and updated in real-time like the web. Great stories, photos, video, audio and graphics come alive the more you touch, swipe, tap and explore. The customized sports section allows you to follow your favorite teams’ scores, pictures and headlines — even players’ tweets.
I’ve been reading The Daily since its release day, pretty much every day, and I think it’s time for a review of this promising and groundbreaking title …
El País is a leading daily newspaper in Spain. It’s a serious, quality read with a tagline of ‘The global newspaper in Spanish’, which its broad range of coverage nicely lives up to. It’s got an iPad app, called simply El País.
Here’s a slice of its introduction and key features on its App Store page (my rough translation):
- All the latest up to the minute information: news, photos, videos
- Access to all sections: International, Spain, Finance/Economy, Technology, Science, Sports, Society, Health, Education, People & TV, Opinion, Viñetas, Culture, Movies, Music, Most Viewed and Most Shared
- The blogs of El Pais
- The latest news in Eskup (their social network area)
- Integration with Facebook, Twitter and email to share content
- Live radio with Cadena Ser and Los 40 Principales while you browse the app
My Spanish used to be fluent and I always enjoyed reading El País when I traveled frequently to Spain. I’m also always interested in looking at the iPad editions of quality publications – so I’ve had El País installed on my iPad for a while now. And of course I’ve got some thoughts on the app …
USA Today for iPad has had a major new update, to Version 2.0. The big additions are two brand new sections: Tech and Travel, added in response to user requests. Here’s more detail on all the changes in USA Today for iPad 2.0:
– USA TODAY’s tech coverage.
– App Insider: frequent iPad app reviews.
– TechWatch: a video player which features Talking Tech reviews with Ed Baig and Jefferson Graham and other gadget, gaming and industry news.
– Week in Space photo galleries.
TweetMag is a very different – and gorgeous – sort of Twitter-related app for the iPad. It is not a Twitter client app though – you can’t compose a new tweet from it and it’s not intended as a client app at all. It’s more of a Twitter news magazine.
Here’s what it sets out to be:
TweetMag is a social magazine that reduces the noise that often plagues Twitter. It transforms Twitter into beautiful magazines of articles and media that people are tweeting about most. It’s like making a personal editorial team out of the people, lists and tags you follow.
It’s not just for your own feed either. TweetMag’s curated categories make it easy to explore and discover content outside your social network. Interested in tech gadgets? Check out a list, a user or company that tweets about it. Want to catch up on breaking stories? Load a TweetMag of your favorite news organization. The possibilities and content streams are only limited by your interests and imagination.
The Economist on iPad is the iPad edition of the weekly international news and business magazine, and the latest blue-chip print title to hit the iPad App Store. Here’s some of its App Store description:
The best way to read The Economist on your iPad.
FULL PRINT EDITION
Download the full print edition of The Economist for reading on your iPad, from 9pm each Thursday.
Switch easily between reading and listening with The Economist in audio, fully integrated and read by professional newscasters.
Newsweek for iPad has made big news itself this weekend, with The New York Times covering the announcement that the app has been updated (to Version 2.0) and now offers subscription options. Here’s the basics of the new subscription model: a standard issue of Newsweek for iPad costs $2.99; a three month subscription is $9.99, and a six month subscription is $14.99.
Subscribing does not get you access to back issues, but starts with the current issue and continues as new issues are released for the length of your subscription.
Considering that there’s a new issue every week (so in 3 months you’ll get around 12 issues), the subscription plans seem a good deal. And they absolutely would be, if the magazine issues were worth paying for. Sadly, they aren’t – unless you are happy paying those sort of amounts for magazine issues that are the equivalent of reading Newsweek in a mediocre-to-bad PDF viewer.