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The Most Complete Newspaper App
The combination of the print version as well as the digital app is the best implementation of a newspaper app that I've seen. I also follow the Baltimore Sun which makes the print version available separately to their digital subscribers but you're required to access it outside the app by web browser if you want to read it. The way the Post does it is ideal for me as I can read the main stories I'm interested in through the digital app and then quickly scan the print pages to see anything I might have missed or other sections such as comics, crossword, etc. I did have the problem mentioned by some of the digital content being blank when I launched the app even though the print version was visible. I had to delete the app and then re-download it to get past the problem. If this doesn't recur I would probably make this a five star app.
pappasbike on Apr 24, 2013 for The Washington Post for iPad
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Like the sponsored issues!!!
It would be helpful if we cold save an issue that is of historical or significant importance. Like the sponsored issues and enjoy not having to worry about the issue not being delivered or ink on the fingers!!!!!
DCLady999 on Apr 23, 2013 for The Washington Post for iPad
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Newsstand integration is a plus
I appreciate the integration into Newsstand. I like the ability to see the print version in the app. App is missing the Tech and Entertainment sections. There is no feedback mechanisms built into the app. Can't highlight a word and get its definition like I can in another popular news app. Ability to email link to articles works well. Awkward to go back up to upper left hand corner of a story to go back to main section. I'm always looking for that way back at the bottom of the page. Would be nice to be able to pinch the story to go back to the main section (like another news app does).
wyodave on Apr 22, 2013 for The Washington Post for iPad
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Broke.
The non print view WAS working for a time and I was quickly hooked on the app. However, for the past week it's only come up blank and now I never use it. I'll gladly bump you up to a 5-star rating when you fix it.
Dredgemate on Apr 22, 2013 for The Washington Post for iPad
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Best e-version ever!
The print-replica version of this paper is exactly what I was hoping for in an online newspaper. Still feels like a real paper but with just the right amount of interactivity.
DvSP2 on Apr 22, 2013 for The Washington Post for iPad
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What A Shame
The Washington Post had a very user-friendly app that was comprehensive, easy to navigate and visually pleasing. This app takes major steps back in all categories. Functionally, the app is difficult to navigate. Pages stick when trying to move from one section to the next, and page loads are infuriatingly slow when they work at all. From a layout perspective, there is way too much white space (the old app was perfect in this respect), and font size selection is terrible. The app does not remember the font setting from article to article, and when selecting a larger size, it goes from very small to very large, then needs to be scaled back down. I have never seen an app with this poor an execution. I love the Washington Post, having read it every day when I was a resident of the DC area. I was so happy when the original app came out, as it allowed this New Yorker to re-connect with the Post's world-class journalism with a downright enjoyable iPad experience. I rarely open the app these days as it is so frustrating. My only hope is that the NY Times app was poor when first introduced, but is now one of the best, which I read daily. I hope that the app team at WP retracts the current app, returning the old one until the current version is brought up to snuff. Newsstand is a great feature, but if people won't read the paper because the app is so deficient, it looses it's value. By the way, I believe in supporting superior journalism with a paid subscription model. I would take a digital subscription, but the app needs to be excellent.
Wash Post Fan on Apr 21, 2013 for The Washington Post for iPad
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