You might think the page of The Daily, the highly-touted new iPad only newspaper, shown in the above screenshot is not a very interesting one. And you’d be absolutely right. It’s one I’ve been seeing a fair bit of in using the app lately though.
The more time spend with The Daily, the less impressive the app is. Seeing blank pages like this, when simply swiping to move to the next article, is becoming commonplace. As others have noted in the comments on my early impressions post, the lag within the app – when loading, when using the ‘carousel’ for moving between articles, and even at times when swiping through pages of a single article – is noticeable and unreasonably long for a publicly released app.
I’m now on Day 3 of using The Daily, and each day it is feeling more and more like a clumsy beta that was released too soon.
The pervasive lag / slowness of the app is bad enough; but here are the two issues that are the most disappointing so far:
— I am seeing the ‘A new issue of The Daily is being delivered’ message several times a day. I would expect to see this once a day in the morning, the time at which The Daily has said it releases a new issue, but not multiple times a day. Either the app is ‘forgetting’ that it has already delivered me the day’s issue, or it is still needing a slow, 30-second plus download each time it even adds smaller bits of breaking news throughout the day. Either way, that’s thoroughly unimpressive.
— The app nearly always forgets where I left off reading, even when it has been sitting in the Multitasking Bar after only a brief switch away from it. This is a huge failure – as it also takes far too long to get back to the article I was previously reading, due to the slow and clunky performance of the carousel.
All the faults mentioned here are quite basic things. Things that really should’ve been worked out with all the months and millions that have been poured into this title. In the UK there’s a national paper called The Daily Mail. Here’s hoping The Daily gets updated and gets its act together soon, before it’s dubbed The Daily Fail.