When there are so many different news sources out there, you may suffer from information overload. There are literally hundreds of thousands of news websites circling the web right now, each offering their own stories and opinions, but can you really beat a professional, trusted publication?
A lot of websites on the net offer exaggerated or fabricated stories that are simply not accurate, and in an age where information is king, we need to get our news from reputable places.
Two such examples on the Apple iPad are the Telegraph and the Wall Street Journal newspaper apps. Both of these well established newspapers are incredibly popular – the Telegraph is the highest selling newspaper among British broadsheets, with average daily circulation closing in on a million copies every day – but how do the apps stack up to the content?
The Telegraph is a great example of the benefits you get from reading newspapers on the iPad. I personally find the print edition somewhat difficult to read due to it’s large size, especially on the go. The app has been designed so that the layout is similar to the print edition. Two main stories dominate the front page, with sub-stories also appearing besides these main points.
There are, however, drawbacks to the iPad edition of the Telegraph. The main drawback is that you sacrifice a lot of the content from the print edition. The app is free, but I personally wouldn’t mind paying a subscription fee to access more content in the app. This is the same for many other news applications, and although a free version is great, subscriptions should be an option for more avid readers.
Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal requires you to register, either for free or for a paid subscription, to access content. This means that print subscribers can access the entire paper on their iPad, and limited users can get a similar level of content to the Telegraph model. I personally find the WSJ experience to be a better one, as it includes more interactive content such as video and animated images whilst still maintaining that paper-like feel.
In terms of content delivery, the Wall Street Journal gets it spot on. Free subscribers have access to lots of stories and are able to use advanced features such as article saving without paying a cent.
I’ve only concentrated on two major newspapers in this post, but there are far more to be experienced on the App Store. There’s little doubt that the iPad has opened the door to a flood of digital versions of newspapers, and with the major corporations leading by example, there’s a very good chance that many others will soon follow.
If you have any favourite newspaper applications of your own, let us know in the comments!