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 Onion Tablet serves up just about exactly what you’d expect from The Onion on the iPad.
It offers four sections reachable with a tap from its main screen: Latest News, which it opens to by default, Images, Videos, and Sports. There’s not a huge amount of content in each section – around 12-15 articles in the Sports section, and around 24 videos and 24 images in those sections.
Within the Videos section you’ll find ‘The Onion Review’ – a weekly video review of the week’s top news events. Or … ‘the most vital recap in the history of news’.
It’s The Onion on the iPad.
The content doesn’t appear to be refreshed very often so far.
Videos are slow to load, and often appear to have stopped responding while loading up the window they run in.
When I tried out a manual refresh of content for the first time the app froze up on me. When I quit the app and re-opened it, it took ages to check for new content, and show a percentage status bar while loading it. Then when it hit 100% it sat stuck on the splash screen for a long while.
The app feels very much like the 1.0 version it is. It’s in need of updating to make loading quicker and to improve its general responsiveness.
If you’re a fan of The Onion, you’re going to want this on your iPad. It’s got some areas to improve in, but the content is great, the app is free, and if you need a regular dose of laughs in your iPad news reading, this should do the job. Or as The Onion Tablet might phrase it … this is unquestionably The Greatest iPad App Ever, putting the other 75,000 pretenders to shame.
Here’s an App Store link for The Onion Tablet, it’s a free app.