Winston for iPhone – A Fun Way to Keep Up With News

Total Score:  29

Winston for iPhone is a fun way to keep up with news headlines.  I am a bit of a news junkie, and this app hits a home run for me. It is both informative and fun.

You can enjoy your news narrated by a pleasant voice accompanied by visuals.  As others said, it is kind of like having SIRI read you the headlines.

Price Rating = 5     This app is free.  It has an amazing amount of content and an impressive user interface.

Ease of Use Rating = 5    It was easy to choose stations and to get started.

 Readability Rating = 5     The fonts are a good size and much of the content is read to you by Winston.

  Will You Use It Rating = 5     Winston for iPhone gives you an easy way to quickly go through the days headlines to decide what you want to read.  If you are interested in the news – you’ll enjoy using this app.

 Downsides Rating  = 0     . Sometimes the voice is hard to understand.  I didn’t take any points off for this, but it is something to expect. Some reviewers noted that it didn’t offer their favorite news outlets – like Fox News.  That’s just something to know.

  Consumer Review Rating = 4     The reviews are primarily popular.  People noted it was a must-have app and a new way to consume news.

Why Do You Need This App Rating = 5         This app curates the news and serves up only the topics you are interested in.  It saves you time and delivers in an enjoyable format.

How does it work? 

  1.  The first instruction you receive is to make sure your volume is turned up.   You tap continue.  Winston greets you.
  2. Your next step is to select interests – you can choose from headlines, world, technology, sports, business, politics, entertainment and dining.  You will have the opportunity to refine your choices later.  After you finish, you swipe from right to left.
  3. Winston asks if you will allow him to know your location.  Saying yes gives you a more personalized experience.
  4. You can also add your Twitter and Facebook feeds.
  5. If you tap any of the squares, Winston will start speaking the heading.  When you tap the first square, you get an update of the current conditions in your area.  He skips from heading to heading.  You can tap any topic to see the full article.  No, Winston does not read the full article – only the headlines.
  6. Tapping the arrow at the top left takes you back to the squares to choose another topic.
  7. If you swipe up you will see CHANNELS at the bottom.  You can tap it to add more channels. You can choose one of the featured channels or browse through a number of choices.
  8. Pulling down from the top updates the news feeds.
  9. You can tap the PLUS sign at the top right to share the article via mail, message, twitter or Facebook.  Also on this page you can jump to the web view of the article.
  10. Similar to any playback on an iPhone, the symbol in the middle of the screen pauses the playback. Tapping it again starts it up again.
  11. I do not have Apple TV, but this app supports Apple AirPlay.  There is an icon at the bottom right that goes over the steps needed to make it work.

This app is highly visual and can keep you up to date on current events.  Try it out and let me know what you think.  You might want to test drive it by watching this YouTube video.

Devices:  This app can be used on either the iPhone (3GS, 4, 4S and 5), iPod Touch (3rd, 4th and 5th generation) or iPad. The app has been optimized for the iPhone 5.  It requires iOS 5.1 or later.  This app was developed by Reactor Labs

 

 

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