USA Today pwns the iphone app space

by Jason Preston on December 21, 2008

I’m so excited about the new USA Today iPhone app that I’m writing this post from Week’s Kitchen in Dover, New Hampshire while I wait for a table. I’m using the wordpress app to do that, of course.

I took some screen shots and I’ll share those as soon as I get back to a computer. Apparently the iPhone app for wodpress lets you add pictures. They are at the bottom of the post. I’d also recommend downloading the free app for yourself.

Here’s a list of what has me floored, so far:

  • Nice article layout with zoom-able pictures
  • Dynamic ads that slide off the screen shortly after appearing
  • Ability to share articles via email, text message, or Twitter!!

Plus there are some intangibles, like a slick user-interface and good use of color.

But one of my favorite bits is the way they do location-based polling using the iPhone’s current location feature. You can drill down in poll answers by state and city, based on where poll responses came from.

The app has crashed on me once so far, but it seems reasonably stable. And the Twitter feature requires that you have twitterific installed (sorry twinkle users) in order to share an article.

All in all, it looks like USA Today has put together a killer iPhone application.

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1 Paul Balcerak 12.22.08 at 11:41 am

Just downloaded it — slick app. Love the photos in particular and the polls and sports scores are really convenient.

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