Every morning sitting at the end of my driveway is the local newspaper. Every morning I read it, but I leave it at home instead of taking it along with me throughout the day. The newspaper is just to bulky, messy, and frankly using my iPhone to read news is much easier. However, Press Reader, an Android and iOS, aims to take that newspaper and deliver to your mobile device, with all the added convenience of your mobile device but with the feel of a traditional newspaper.
Screenshots (click to enlarge):
- Auto-delivery of your favorite publications
- Attention-grabbing SmartFlow stream
- Printing full pages or articles
- Sharing stories by email or on Facebook or Twitter
- Saving articles to Evernote or Instapaper
- Listening to articles using on-demand audio
- Copying & pasting entire articles into note taking applications
- Sharing your opinion by supporting or opposing a story
- Adjusting font size and type
- Automatically aligning with the beginning of an article using the option SmartZoom feature
- Cross title search
I have to admit, when I first looked at Press Reader I was a bit skeptical that it could find/link to articles in the newspaper. Boy, was I wrong. Every headline is click-able and takes you that article. From there, the article’s text can be resized or read aloud to you, which I found useful when multitasking between apps. Articles can also be saved, which is one of my must haves for a newspaper app.
The newspapers retain all of their “natural” feel and look, which makes Press Reader stand out when compared to something like Pulse. This feel is what your really paying for, since most newspapers have their content online. However, this natural layout and ease of use justify the cost. I’d much rather use and pay for this than read the articles online.
Really the only real issues I’ve run across is sometimes Press Reader will lag out and become extremely slow and unresponsive. Also, the Android tablet app could use a UI makeover that utilizes Holo, as currently it doesn’t fit the Holo style.
If your a newspaper junkie, definitely check out Press Reader. You wont regret it.