The Guardian free app is the easiest way to access online content from one of the UK's foremost news and media outlets with plenty of political, sports and international writing. It allows you to tailor the various sections so you always see what matters to you.
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Known for its high-quality journalism, lifestyle features and political commentaries, the Guardian is an app that offers much more than just news updates. Laid out in handy-to-read sections -just like the printed version of the newspaper- the app allows you to get to what you want to read easily with the most recent articles given priority to the reader. As well as written material, it is possible to browse award-winning audio and video content. The Guardian also produces plenty of interactive content to take advantage of. Many of its photographs reproduced as high-resolution images which are crystal clear. Some content is available through a tiered layer which you have to subscribe for, but there is more than enough free material to keep most news-hungry people satisfied.
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The Guardian's app is great when you want to delve into the headlines, but it also provides plenty of in-depth analysis, too. Much of this can be read offline as well as on. You can even set it to offer news alerts to your device, if wanted, too.
The Guardian app was one of the first to make a good attempt at bringing a newspaper to iOS. With version 3, there's an improved layout, full screen images and features that take advantage of iOS 8, like a notifications widget that lets you see the top stories.
While version 1.0 was a very attractive app, it was missing a few features from The Guardian website. Most of these have now been addressed. There is now in-app video, landscape reading, retina display support, live blogs, sport scores and even crosswords. You can comment on articles, and in general it's a very similar experience to the website. Sports fans can get notifications of results, and you can hit a button to save articles for later or share them however you like.
The app is free, but there's a subscription option. This gives you more content, including access to the corssword section, and the removal of ads.
The Guardian continues to be lead the pack when it comes to design. It's easy to use and great to look at. If you're not a fan of the Guardian's brand of journalism this won't change your mind, but for everyone else it's probably the best iOS news app around.
The Guardian is an excellently designed app, which offers a very pleasant reading experience and is much improved over version 2.0.