NYTimes for iPad
We consume all kinds of media on our iOS devices. One of the main ones is news. We want to constantly know what is going on in the world around us. Reading the news from our favorite publications is one of the things many of us do. Whether you like the New York Times, NPR, Wall Street Journal or one of the many other news organizations around, there is something on iOS for everybody.
Let's take a look at some of our favorites:
1) Early Edition ($4.99)
Early Edition is great because it lets you take all of your favorite RSS feeds and turn them into a newspaper. It's pretty cool for fetching your daily news and ensuring that it's the news you care about from the sources you follow. It's a little slow to start sometimes, especially if you haven't checked it in a while, but it's very cool.
2) Fluent News (free)
This is the basic news App for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. The iPad version is great in that it lets you view news from a variety of outlets. You choose from a set of sources that the App lists, so you can't really add your own, but it has all the major ones you'd probably want, and then some. The best part? It's free!
3) NYTimes (free)
It took the Times a little while to get it right, but it seems that they're finally figuring it out. While the Editor's Choice wasn't necessarily a bad App, it had a lot missing. Oh well, it was free, and you get what you pay for. This new App consists of the entire paper. It's free for now, but they will soon (sometime in early 2011) be charging for a subscription. We just hope they decide on a reasonable price.
4) NPR (free)
NPR is another free App, and it's a nice one. The interface is a bit different from the other Apps, but easy to navigate. Also nice is that it lets you check out the news as well listen in on different NPR stations, perfect for those who want to keep up with the news while in the office.
5) Wall Street Journal (Free App, Has Subsctiption Fees)
This one feels a lot like the traditional newspaper. It does a very good job at "getting it right." The pricing is still one of those things they seem to be trying to figure out, but we hope that in due time and as competition rises, we will see more competitive pricing. Still, it's very well-done and feels more natural to those used to a traditional newspaper layout.
Your News, How You Like It
Our favorite thing about the iPad is using news feeds that provide information from a variety of sources, which is why Early Edition was our number one pick. It's the news from the publications we enjoy combined into one easy-to-navigate paper. Of course we enjoy several of the other Apps because they present much of the important news to us only once. For instance, the New York Times, you can read an article, and understand a story. The downside to some of the RSS feeds is that you will often find several repeats, because each of the publications is running the story. Which is still cool if you like reading how different places offer different kinds of coverage.
Take a few minutes to check these Apps out. We think you'll enjoy them.