One of the newsstand's most recognisable names comes to iPad in a straight up digital transfer
by Chris Smith on June 27, 2010
We’re used to Newsweek’s exceedingly active Twitter presence, but now one of the world’s most trusted news and current affairs weekly offers it’s hallowed pages as an app for the iPad.
We sampled a free Barack Obama special, but current issues are £1.79 which, for once is cheaper than the paper edition of the mag, and it’s available two days before the print edition goes on sale.
However, while some magazines have sought to use the iPad to combine its digital offerings with it’s print traditions and herald an entirely new era of media consumption, Newsweek really has just transferred its printed offering into a digital form.
Yes, users can use multi-touch to zoom in on some of the magazine’s brilliant cartoons and stunning photography, but there’s no added functionality like extra galleries or bonus video content. The only video we saw was in the free sample.
Still, this is a great means of being able to access one of the world’s most popular weeklies in a new format, without ever having to visit your newsagent, and we wholeheartedly approve, and there’s a lot of room for improvement.
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