BBCReader app for iPhone no match for browsing the BBC online

Aug 30, 2009
Tech

World news junkies will be very disappointed with the BBCReader app for the iPhone. The best thing you can say about this news app, which was not developed by the BBC, is that it has no aesthetic value.  When users first open the BBCReader app, everything looks like it is going to be great. The BBCReader […]

World news junkies will be very disappointed with the BBCReader app for the iPhone. The best thing you can say about this news app, which was not developed by the BBC, is that it has no aesthetic value. 

When users first open the BBCReader app, everything looks like it is going to be great. The BBCReader offers news highlights and the option to switch back and forth between news stories from the United Kingdom and United States. But when you load your BBCReader story, it takes forever.

By the time BBCReader finally loads the story, it connects to the BBC’s Web site. News Web pages are usually designed with columns to provide links for advertising revenue, as well as options to jump between content on the site. They are not designed for iPhone app use. BBCReader users must expand the text to read news stories without a magnifying glass and then try to fit enough text in the screen to read at a normal pace. 

BBCReader allows you to link between stories, again from the BBC web site. The process for this news app repeats itself . 

For those with the time and the patience, BBCReader does supply new stories from Africa, the Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and the Southeast Asia. News app users can browse topics on business, health, science and nature, technology, sports as well as entertainment. 

Avid news junkies and BBC readers may want to pass on the BBC reader and stick to reading it in their Safari browser or on their computer screen. 

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