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News : CNN Review

October 29, 2010 by Ryan Ray 

Back, back, back again with another news app review. This time this app isn’t free, but usually with a paid app you should get a bit more quality and features. Let’s see if CNN lives up to that. If you were wondering what it costs, right now it is $1.99 in the app store. Worth it? I think so, let’s see why.

Just a splash/loading screen. Nothing to see here, move a long…

Now the app has loaded and presented us with it’s main navigation. The most up to date news is obviously the big story with the big picture. CNN deems this most newsworthy of the moment. Below the main story you can see a lot of other top news as well. Just navigate on down to see all on the front page. If you look right under the CNN logo you can see that it starts you out on Top Stories, but is easily swipeable to get to World news, or Politics, etc… I have to say the interface doesn’t feel terribly polished, especially on a paid app. You can’t tap the big picture to read the story. You have to tap on the headline, not very user friendly. But once you are in a story the screen shot on the right is what it looks like. Just about the same… hah. They’ve added, in the top right corner, a button to share the story. Then they ┬álist a few bullet points of the most important information first. If you scroll down then you’ll get to the story. Like I said, the interface needs work…

Under the next tab along the bottom is My CNN. This is a nice section that based on your location will give you your weather, and the local news. Along the top you can also tap on followed news stories and saved stories. You can also change the location if you need to. This section has a nice interface IMO. Now this is one of the features that sets this app apart from others. It includes video, available for streaming, in the app. Tap on the video tab to see what’s available for watching

Lastly CNN has a program called iReport where you can send in news happening right away. They’ve so conveniently built it into the app and it works well! So all ing all I definitely think the app is worth paying for, luckily I got it for $0.99 and honestly I think that that is all it’s worth right now. It needs some more polish before it’s worth $1.99, but check it out and let me know what you think if you use it.

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