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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