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The Washington Post Android app delivers on all counts

by Ian Black

Never forget, The Washington Post’s investigative journalism — specifically the reporting of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein — was instrumental to uncovering the Watergate political scandal of the 1970s. The ability to challenge the government marks one of the elements that make America and news agencies like The Washington Post great. This app keeps the bar high by delivering a lot of news in a well-designed small-screen space.

News app often struggle with navigation — create a huge menu of newspaper sections or just parse down the content to fit the tiny screen of a phone. Here, The Post strikes an excellent balance with a thoughtful user design. It provides a scrollable top menu of select sections (with a "More Sections" option at the far end), and lets you bring up sub-topics by long-pressing the menu bar. A site map icon in the upper right-hand corner reveals a full-screen menu of categorized content.

Expect excellent journalism, which is the main reason to download this app. The focus, of course, is politics with an emphasis on the Washington, D.C. variety, but the paper covers international politics and world events as well. The app includes photos for top stories and even photo galleries of recent happenings.

Need more? Adjust the font size for easier reading, share articles over social networks, set breaking news alerts, or check the weather (which defaults to your device’s current location, but can be set to anywhere).

All in all, The Post keeps its reputation intact with this mobile app. Clearly, it wasn’t rushed to market, but it was worth the wait.

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