Total Score: 30
Your Newsstand app comes with your iDevice and is one of the handiest around. It is actually more of a folder, than an app. You can find magazines to support any interest, but, for me, it’s a perfect fit for fitness. You can read success stories, see videos of exercises and discover great recipes. I’ll share a couple of my favorite subscriptions and talk about why I’ve switched from print to digital.
Price Rating = 5 The app is free, the subscription costs vary.
Ease of Use Rating = 5 The digital versions of magazines offer you many more features and save the environment.
Readability Rating = 5 The fonts and color are beautiful on the iPad.
Will You Use It Rating = 5 It’s a great way to view magazines.
Downsides Rating = 0 I haven’t identified any downsides.
Consumer Review Rating = 5 Since it is automatically downloaded on each iPhone it is not available in the app store for review. I gave it a top rating because it nicely organizes magazines.
Why Do You Need This App Rating = 5 If you are a magazine subscriber you definitely need to see your current magazines in this format. If you aren’t, this app just might convert you.
How does it work?
- Magazines show up on your shelf. Tap a magazine to open it. Each magazine has it’s own unique features, but most work with the standard book/page turning functionality. Swipe left to right to turn a page – or right to left to go back.
- Watch for cues as to how the magazine works. Some will have down arrows at the bottom of the screen to indicate there is more to read.
- Some magazines encourage you to touch the screen to find out more about a subject or product.
- If there is a new edition of a magazine, the word “NEW” will appear in a banner on the right-hand side of the cover.
- Some magazines have an option to send you an alert when there is a new magazine.
Most of my favorite magazines are fitness or health related. They inspire me to get away from my PC and get some exercise. My newsstand has Fitness, Self, WebMD and Prevention magazines. WebMD is free, the others are on a yearly subscription rate. I receive Fitness in a print version as well. I share that one with a friend and just use the digital version.
I am impressed with these magazines, not just with their content, but with their presentation. I also like the idea of having all of my magazines in one place.
Try out one subscription. My guess is you will like it and decide to try some more. Let me know how it works for you.
Devices: Since iOS 5, this app has been a standard on the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.