Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Local New Orleans news apps for the iPhone

Posted By on Wed, Mar 10, 2010 at 5:27 AM

A recent poll from the Pew Research Center found 33% of smartphone owners now read news on their cellphones -- a number that's bound to rise as more people adopt smartphones and more news orgs develop specialized apps to meet the need.

Leading the media market in New Orleans, smartphone app-wise, are WWL-TV and Fox 8 News, which are now offering free, ad-supported iPhone applications featuring current news content.

Which one is better? It depends. WWL's is easier to navigate and seems more intuitive; Fox 8's is a bit more stylish and customizable, and the font size and layout of the stories are definitely easier on the eyes. What may break the tie is WWL's video offerings -- you can watch selected stories or a weather forecast on the go over a basic Internet connection; Fox 8's app doesn't have that function.

The good news is: both apps are pretty good for keeping up with New Orleans news, and they're both free from the iTunes Music Store. Why not try them both? Here's a couple of screenshots for comparison, with more below the jump:

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click to enlarge wvue

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