I still prefer a “real” newspaper to any electronic version, and if you ask I’ll get all poetic and tell you why. In the meantime, here’s one of my favorite iPhone apps: The New York Times reader. By the way, it’s free. It would be a bargain at twice the price. Heh.
You can click any of the pictures here to go to the iTunes Store and download the program yourself. FYI.
(In case you were wondering why I don’t just use Safari on the iPhone and go to www.nytimes.com, the answer is that it’s a lot more convenient to have the news formatted to fit the iPhone automatically. Plus, as you will soon see, the iPhone app has features the website doesn’t.)
The New York Times reader’s been around from Day One of the App Store, and it’s been improved over and over. At this point it’s a very handy and nice reader, with easy navigation, a simple search feature, a button to email a story to a friend, a button to save a story for future reference, an easy way to make the text bigger, and so on and so on and so on.
Here’s what it looks like when you bring it up– nice, fresh news, “updated moments ago.”
(Yes, there are ads, but you can ignore them. )
See that Envelope icon at the left? Touch that to email the story to someone. See the Save button? Touch that to save the story for future viewing. You’ll see a “Saved” button in the first picture here– that’s your list of saved stories. Nice.
Want more? There’s more.
You can, on the first screen, touch the Search button and search. Here’s an example:
Need your news categorized? Touch the “More” button.
From there you can choose a section and read all about it.
I like it. Free, always up to date, always with me– a terrific thing. It doesn’t pile up when you go on vacation and it doesn’t rub off on your hands– major advantages over the print edition. About all you can’t do with the NY Times iPhone app is wrap a fish in it. Maybe in a future version.