News : BBC App Review
October 27, 2010 by Ryan Ray
Hey, I’m back again with the news apps part two! If you missed out on the first app, AP Mobile, click on the name to go check it out! This time we are going to jump across the Atlantic and talk about their shot at an iPhone app. It’s brought to us by the renown BBC. If you aren’t aware BBC stands for British Broadcasting Company headquartered in London, just wanted to make sure everyone was aware if they weren’t already. Just remember knowledge is power! Anyway let’s see how the BBC delivers the news via the iPhone
Splash screen while the app loads. Not really useful but also not terribly useless, purgatory…
The first screen shot is what the main beef of the app looks like. Here is where you can scroll and swipe to find stories. The news sections scroll vertically. You can find US news, Top stories, Technology, etc… And within those sections if you swipe horizontally you can read all the stories in the respective section. The second screen shot is what an individual story looks like. Pretty standard but a slight twist from the AP app. The title sits above while the picture and summary are nested together, just slightly different from the first one. Of course you can increase or decrease the font size, and share with that alien foot print looking thing.
If you wanted to add or remove sections from your home screen just tap on the edit button in the upper right corner. You can put anything category in any order you want. I wanted to share this screen shot though to show you my favorite feature of the news apps running on iOS 4. If you look in the upper left corner you can see a button for live radio. Tap this and a soothing voice will start to read some of the top news to you. While this is going on, and thanks to iOS 4, you can close the app and do anything else besides call someone. That just shuts off the audio in the background of the app so you can hear the person you are calling! Another app I’ll review this week has a similar function and I really like using it. I usually put this kind of feature to good use during my breakfast. In the summer that was everyday but during the school year I use it whenever I get a chance to listen to the news. While using the bathroom or while doing the dishes.
So that wraps up news app #2, what do you think? Which is better right now AP Mobile or BBC News? Leave a comment and weigh in!
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