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Globe and Mail app is like Canada – dull, decent and dependable

by on October 22nd, 2010

I recently reviewed the updated New York Times app, noting that it was a major improvement over that venerable newspaper’s initial app. Being a proud Canadian I figured I should give equal time to Canadian news apps. I’d like to, but there aren’t many. Sure, there are apps that aggregate news content, such as Canadian Newsstand ($1.99), Canadian Newspapers ($2.99) and News Ca Browser ($0.99). These generally work by providing links to the websites of various content providers, along with a way to bookmark particular articles. But apps especially designed to feed content from one particular news source are difficult to find.

The Toronto Star and Maclean’s Magazine both have free iPhone/iPod Touch apps that you can install on your iPad. But they look awful on the larger screen. That leaves only (as far as I can tell) the Globe and Mail.

The Globe released its free iPad app in July. Like the initial version of the New York Times app, it offers a limited selection of stories and photos taken from the paper’s main website — 16 stories in each of its National, World, Business, Technology, Politics, Life, Arts, Opinions and Sports sections. Why they chose 16, I don’t know, but it means you have to go to the Globe website or the print edition to get a fuller picture of what’s going on in Canada. It also has a “Day in Photos” section, which kept freezing my iPad until I did a hard reset.

You can email stories, tweet them or post them on Facebook, change the font size and save stories for offline reading.

It’s slow and a bit dull. But it’s also reliable, and informative. Very Canadian, in fact.

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  • Ardith

    I’m in NS the Halifax herald has an awesome iPad app as good as NYT

  • Aloombox

    It’s dull as doorknob and downright disgraceful for a national newspaper. I am about to delete it from my iPad today. It’s the same with the CBC, dull and boring! Thank goodness for the BBC app.

  • Ari

    Here in Canada, we like our News like we do our Prime Ministers. Dull, decent and dependable. As soon as they start acting all flashy we kick them out.

  • PAC

    Your research on Canadian news site seems a bit shallow with respect to sites written/published in French. Your readership may be interested in knowing that cyberpresse.ca from La Presse newspaper won a best mobile application and best website design at the Canadian Online Publishing Awards in toronto last week. refer to: http://www.canadianonlinepublishingawards.com/