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Charging + ads
on August 10, 2011
Samsung Epic, Android 2.2 official
Viewsonic gTablet, Calkulin+Clemsyn 1.5ghz Froyo Combo V6
NOTE: I am reviewing an app, not the journalistic skills of the New York Post staff. Journalism, like cars, men/women, and colors are a matter of personal taste where one size does not fit all.
The first thing I do when I grab an app from an online source is look at the app in comparison to what the source offers on its webpage. Surprisingly, the New York Post app is slightly better than the mobile version of it's website, and not nearly as cluttered as the desktop version. It's easier to access various sections, and loads quickly. On the tablet, it uses to whole screen, giving one an easy time reading. Buttons for jumping to the next or previous story are along the top of each story page, allowing you to move along through sections with ease instead of having to go back to the main page.
Here is something to pay attention to: it updates on its own, around the clock. Those on limited data plans beware. There is a notice one every single page about this, giving warning. The app uses is using up rought 7MB of memory, which isn't a whole lot, about the same as the average live wallpaper. The benefit of the continual updating is so that you can view everything offline, for instance when you're on a plane or other place where you have no data connection. In testing, it mostly worked. The first few times I tried it, the app locked up at the intro screen and then force closed. When it started working, it worked fine but kept popping up a notice that it could not find an internet connection. It did this every single time I switched pages, making it a severe annoyance. Good idea, poor execution.
There a several other annoyances that I came across as well, which further counter the good stuff for this app. When leaving a story page, the app doesn't take you back to where you were in the list of stories. It instead takes you back to the top and you have to scroll back down to where you left off. The ads are also an issue for me. I don't honestly care that they are there, but charging $2 for an app and having ads on every single page is too much in my book. Added to that, the app does not give you full access to the whole of what the desktop website offers. Notable missing sections: Classifieds, Today's Paper, and Archives.
In summary, the New York Post app has some nice features, but its flaws far outweigh its good points.
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