NYTimes for iPad is the new, full iPad edition of The New York Times. Here’s a slice of its App Store description:
Introducing the enhanced New York Times app for the iPad –– free until early 2011. Now with all of the sections, articles, videos and photos you expect from The Times.
The NYTimes iPad app now includes over 25 Times sections, including Arts, Technology, Politics, Science, Style and more. Experience breathtaking new sections for Photos and Video. Read a selection of the latest Times blogs. Share articles, photos and video through Facebook, Twitter and e-mail.
Once you download the app, you’ll instantly get free access to four sections: Top News, Most E-Mailed, Business Day and Video. To get unlimited access to all sections, simply log in with an existing NYTimes.com account or register for free within the app.
I have to admit I’m not a regular NYT reader, but even so I’m very keen to see what this blue chip title has to offer on the iPad. I never felt hugely interested in their earlier-released, cut-down editors’ choice version – but this one offering all the paper’s sections is one I want to try out.
I installed the app just a short while ago and have had only the briefest of looks at it thus far. It may be just me, as I’m running the latest iOS 4.2 beta on my iPad, but I’m seeing a fair few flaky / buggy things within the app. Such as …
The front cover initially took quite a long while to load, and appeared blank at my first attempt:
There’s a nagging prompt to register (for free, if you’re not already an online subscriber) if you go outside the four allowed sections for non-registered users – to the Sports section for example. That seems fine, except that I can’t get the registration page to work at all. I tap within the first form field (for email address) and the keyboard never appears.
I hope these are early glitches in the app that will be addressed soon, but if they prove to be glitches only for beta users I’ll have to wait on iOS 4.2 support.
The app looks promising overall – with strong content of course and it’s nice to see it’s got some sharing elements built in.
If you’ve had a chance to try out the new app, let us know if you’re seeing any of the bugs I am.
You can find NYTimes for iPad in the App Store now, and it is a free app for now.