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The Washington Post for iOS

By Slate Magazine Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

shelbybrown Apr 4, 2018

You can get quite a lot of news on the Internet without paying a dime, so you might wonder why someone would bother subscribing to a digital newspaper like the Washington Post or The New York Times. Well, they've both been delivering a river of breaking international news lately, and a subscription helps support their continued efforts to inform the public with premium journalism. In fact, if you're an Amazon Prime subscriber, you can score a deal on the Post that costs less than a deli sandwich. Let's have a look.

Pros

Good usability options: The app offers five different text sizes, text-to-speech for the vision impaired (or for listening in the background), the ability to highlight and copy text, and an optional dark theme for reading in a dim environment without causing eye strain. You can also toggle push notifications on and off, though it's an all-or-nothing deal, whereas the New York Times app offers seven different notification topics (Top Stories, Breaking News, Politics, Sports, etc.). However, we found the dark theme more consistently readable than the NY Times version, which is still in beta after many months of testing.

Very good value for Amazon Prime users: Jeff Bezos owns both Amazon and The Washington Post, which gives him major leverage for cross-promotions. If you are an Amazon Prime subscriber, you can get a whopping six-month free trial of the Post app, and you'll pay only $4 a month thereafter. Compare this to $15 a month for the cheapest subscription to The New York Times, or $37 a month for The Wall Street Journal (though both competitors frequently offer promotional prices). Given that the Post is a frequent source of both international breaking news and polished in-depth coverage, you're getting a lot of high-quality journalism for your money.

One subscription, multiple ways to read: Some digital papers put tablet or desktop access on a more expensive tier, but a subscription to the Post lets you read on most any phone, tablet, or computer. Unfortunately, the aforementioned Amazon Prime offer does not extend to the Kindle edition of the Post, which still has a separate subscription for $12 a month, with a free 14-day trial. (However, this is still a more favorable price than the Kindle versions of the NY Times and The Wall Street Journal, which cost $20 and $29 a month, respectively.)

If you live in and around the District of Columbia, you'll probably want the Washington Post Classic app instead, which includes local Washington news, unlike the regular app.

Cons

Content presentation may take getting used to: The Post app is highly optimized for vertical scrolling. Instead of a buffet of multiple stories visible at once, the promo for each one will take up almost the whole screen. The editorial crew is very good about prioritizing the hottest news first, but people looking for a snapshot of the day's events may be served better by the Most Popular section in the New York Times app, or the Top Stories section of Google News & Weather, the latter of which is free.

Bottom Line

High-quality journalism doesn't come cheap, but Amazon Prime sweetens the deal, and the Post is still a reasonably priced paper without the Prime discount. At the least, all avenues to a subscription include a free trial, so you can judge for yourself if it's worth your money.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.7.2

Fixes for a few rare crashes. Minor bug fixes and performance improvements.

General

Release June 22, 2016
Date Added June 22, 2016
Version 1.7.2

Operating Systems

Operating Systems iOS
Additional Requirements Compatible with: ipad2wifi, ipad23g, iphone4s, ipadthirdgen, ipadthirdgen4g, iphone5, ipodtouchfifthgen, ipadfourthgen, ipadfourthgen4g, ipadmini, ipadmini4g

Popularity

Total Downloads 38
Downloads Last Week 0
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Developer's Description

Introducing The Washington Post App. Designed for your iPad and iPhone, this app keeps you informed with award-winning national and international news coverage along with striking photography and informative graphics that bring stories to life. Intuitive browsing and a streamlined design allow you to seamlessly navigate through stories and enjoy in-depth reading. Special for new readers: Get your first month of The Washington Post App FREE!PRODUCT FEATURESINTUITIVE NAVIGATION: Easily browse through and between sections.EASY VIEWING: Swipe or scroll through articles, then select and read full stories.STREAMLINED DESIGN: Enjoy an uncluttered, engaging reading experience that makes it easier to findand readthe stories that matter to you.IN-DEPTH READING: Immerse yourself in stories where the focus is on storytellingenhanced by bold photos and graphics.AWARD-WINNING COVERAGE: Stay informed with award-winning national reporting and expertly curated stories.FREQUENT UPDATES: Stay connected 24/7 with breaking news and other important updates throughout the day.3D TOUCH SUPPORT: Get a sneak peek at top headlines, right from our icon using Quick ActionsSUBSCRIPTION DETAILSOPTIONS: Download the app for free and enjoy a limited number of free stories each month. Get unlimited access for just $9.99/month (first month FREE).EXTRAS: Your subscription to The Washington Post comes with complimentary web access, as well as access to The Washington Post App on all your smartphones and tablets.PAYMENT: Payment will be charged to your iTunes account with the confirmation of your purchase.AUTO-RENEWAL: Your subscription will auto-renew for $9.99 each month unless you cancel 24 hours before the end of the current subscription period. The auto-renewal can be turned off at any time in the Account Settings section of the App Store. Please note, you will be unable to cancel your current subscription during an active subscription period.PRIVACY POLICY: https://www.washingtonpost.com/privacy-policy/2011/11/18/gIQASIiaiN_story.htmlTERMS OF SERVICE: https://www.washingtonpost.com/terms-of-service/2011/11/18/gIQAldiYiN_story.html