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The Independent Review
by on May 1, 2011
The Independent’s app is a great example of how to do a news app on the relatively small screen of a BlackBerry Bold or Curve device. You sign up for an account when you first load the app, and then you’re presented with some tips for navigation, which can prove quite helpful.
The app itself is presented using tabs for different sections, with stories listed underneath. The main tabs include Front Page, News, Business, Sport, Opinion and more. Some tabs have further sub-tabs, such as Sport offering Football, Rugby Union, Cricket and Motor Racing tabs, among others. Scrolling through these tabs can be quite fiddly, but the design works well.
Beneath that, stories are presented in a column. You see only the headline with a thumbnail image, though the images were quite slow to load for us, with some never pulling through at all.
Opening a story reveals the main picture with the story beneath it in a legible font and size, though this can be changed in the settings if you struggle with it (or just feel like changing it).
If you’re an Independent reader (or just a news follower) this is a great way to catch up on the headlines, especially for free.
Buy this app: Buy The Independent app now
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