Yesterday saw the release of the latest newspaper iPad edition to hit the iPad App Store – London Evening Standard iPad Edition. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this paper, here’s a little background on it, via its App Store page:
The London Evening Standard is a quality daily newspaper, published in tabloid format in London, England. It is the regional evening paper for London and the southeast of England, with coverage of national and international news as well as topical features.
The paper celebrates London and what living in London is all about. It reports the news and fights balanced campaigns on behalf of Londoners.
Our features deliver a different flavor each day
Monday – Trends: Everything that is current, hip and of the moment in London from fashion to gadgets to cars
Tuesday – Fashion: Style and Sex: All the latest fashion and shopping advice
Wednesday – Heath and Beauty
Thursday- London Life: Living in the greatest city in the world and a guide to culture in the capital
Friday – Film and Music: Welcome to the weekend. What to do, what to see and where to see it in the greatest city in the world.
I lived in London for many years and The London Evening Standard (or just The Standard) was a daily purchase and my reading material for the train trip home every evening. It’s a much ‘lighter’ style of paper than the morning broadsheets like The Times, The Guardian and others but usually a good read, especially during a commute home. So of course I was curious to see what their iPad edition is like when it hit the App Store yesterday.
Happily, the London Evening Standard iPad Edition shares a lot of the appeal of the print edition. It’s a good, quick read – and the app is well done and allows you to get around its sections and articles with ease.
If you read it in landscape mode there’s a left sidebar that shows the stories list for each section and lets you move between the news sections, The sections, in order, are News, Business, Sport, Showbiz, Life and Style, Technology, and Saved.
In portrait mode the left sidebar is a popover that is hidden by default but can be brought up with a single tap, so you get each article full screen.
The sections offer a good range of content. I particularly like the look of the Sports and Technology sections.
The interface is minimal and basic, which works well for this sort of newspaper I think. The content is updated throughout the day, which is always a good thing to see in an iPad edition.
The app is free and ad-supported; the ads are unobtrusive and most are quite small.
The only real option available within the app is setting the font size, and you’re only presented with two choices – so the developers might want to look at enhancing this area of things in future updates.
You can save individual articles for offline reading and share articles via email, Twitter, and Facebook.
This iPad edition of The Standard doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles, but I don’t think it needs them. If I was still working in London and taking a train home this would still serve as good reading material.
It’s been more than ten years since I left London. I’d love to hear some thoughts on this iPad edition from any of you who are more recent or current readers of the print edition of The Standard.
Here’s an App Store link for the London Evening Standard iPad Edition; it’s a free app.