NBC – News on Your Schedule

Total Score:  25.5

One of the advantages of an iPhone or iPad is its ability to give you information instantly.   With that in mind, a news app is a must-have.   There are plenty of apps to choose from, but NBC News is one of the more popular ones.

 

Price Rating = 5      free

Ease of Use Rating = 5     The graphics are clear and easy to use.  The menu option organizes the news into interest areas.  I find this organization helpful.

  Readability Rating = 4      Reasonable size font.

 Will You Use It Rating = 4     Since this is only one of your potential options to get news, you may not use it every day.  You can set up alerts to help you keep up with breaking news.

 Downsides Rating =  -1   Small ads appear at the bottom, like many apps.  They do not significantly impact your experience.

  Consumer Review Rating = 3.5   With over 31,000 reviews, the average rating of the current version is three and one-half stars

 Why Do You Need This App Rating = 5    It is handy to have a way to check news on your iPhone or iPad.

How does it work? 

A peacock-like menu sorts the stories by topic.  Examples are Top Stories, U.S. News, World News, Politics, Business, Entertainment, etc.

You select a topic and then choose a story from a list.  If you aren’t interested, you can click on the menu and select another topic.

You can also choose “Shows” and get a shorter list that includes the top NBC programs like Morning Joe, Hardball, Today Show, Nightly News and others.

Through the settings you can share articles with your Twitter friends, connect to Facebook or save articles for later reading.  On this screen you can set up your color scheme – either black or white background.   You can set up your device to get breaking news through your notification settings.

There is an iPad app, NBC nightly news.  At this time, I have not reviewed it.

Devices:  This app can be used on either the iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad.  It requires iOS 5.0.1 or later.  App developed by Zumobi, Inc.

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