Los Angeles Times app is cool and casual, if not fully complete

Aug 28, 2009
Tech

If you dig the California lifestyle, the Los Angeles Times iPhone app is perfect for you.  The app has a cool and casual design, while still delivering the hard-edged news that comes pouring out of Southern California on a daily basis. The home page of the app includes two sliding screens. The top screen includes […]

If you dig the California lifestyle, the Los Angeles Times iPhone app is perfect for you.  The app has a cool and casual design, while still delivering the hard-edged news that comes pouring out of Southern California on a daily basis.

The home page of the app includes two sliding screens. The top screen includes headlines that you can scroll through. The bottom screen lists news categories, including business, entertainment, environment, and politics.

Once you select a story to read, the full text appears in the bottom screen, and a photo slide show appears in the top screen. The partition that separates the two screens can be adjusted up and down for easier reading.  As you scroll down through the story, the photos at the top move across in a synchronized manner.

The app does have its downfalls, however. The biggest drawback is its lack of search capabilities. If you want to seek out the latest from the Los Angeles Times’ most popular columnist, Steve Lopez, for example, you are out of luck.

Further, the app does not include any sports coverage. Fans looking for news on the Lakers, USC, or UCLA will be disappointed. They will have to download a second app, the Los Angeles Times Sports Reader, which seems a bit unnecessary.

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Megan O'Neil

Megan O'Neil is a journalist and freelance writer in Los Angeles. When she isn't lounging at the beach or socializing in the Hollywood Hills, she writes for the Park Labrea New/Beverly Press newspaper and the Los Angeles Times Community News Group.

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