CNN Mobile – Review

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On October 3, 2009

App Type: News

CNN Mobile – Review

Our rating:

By: CNN Interactive Group, Inc.

Version #: 1.0

Date Released: 2009-09-24

Developer: CNN Interactive Group, Inc.

Price: 1.99

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In a world of various free news programs, such as those for the AP and the New York Times, it takes some serious chutzpah to charge $1.99 for content that one could read online for free.  You’d think CNN was acting with extreme arrogance, particularly consider that it offers a separate CNNMoney application for free.  Fortunately, it offers some extras that may be worth the price.

One of the "killer" aspects of the application is the ability to send one of CNN’s patented "iReports" from the field.  This is when anybody can pre-tape an opinion segment and send it in for the network to play on their show or website.

But the most important "killer" part of this app is the ability to stream live CNN as it is being broadcast.  It is like having the network right on your iPhone or iPod Touch without paying for the cost of cable TV.  That, my friend, is worth the price of admission.  No wonder CNN charges a fee for this app.  Obviously, one needs a WiFi or data connection (preferably WiFi) in order to watch it live.

Naturally, as with other news apps, there are text news articles as well for those who don’t have the patience to watch television anymore.  The sections are divided into the same categories as on the website and it is possible to bookmark any article and send it via e-mail to someone.

As a news junkie, I can’t find anything wrong with this app.  For the $1.99 investment, you certainly get your money’s worth.  If only other cable networks followed suit.  (Please note: This app has has advertisements.)

Quick Take

Value: Excellent
Would I Buy Again: Most definitely.
Learning Curve: Low.
Who Is It For: News junkies and CNN lovers.
What I Like: The ability to watch the channel live on the iPhone or iPod Touch.
What I Don’t: Nothing I can find.

Final Statement: A must-have if you’re interested in world events.

Read the Developer's Notes:
The power of CNN in your handsDesigned and developed exclusively for the iPhone™ and iPod touch®NOW you can get live streaming video of breaking news, the most important headlines of the day with location-based news, weather and traffic from the palm of your hands. With the NEW CNN App for the iPhone and iPod Touch, you can also iReport directly from your phone using the phone's advanced photo and video capabilities.Read• Breaking news, top stories, US, world, politics, health, entertainment news and more• Snack-sized highlights or full stories• Local news, weather and traffic• Sharing via e-mail, SMS, Twitter and FacebookWatch• Live breaking news video• Top video from all categories, most popular and the best of CNN TV• Optimized for your connectionCNN iReport• Contribute to CNN’s coverage on stories that are important to you• View, record and submit video and photo iReports directly from your phoneSave• Save stories and videos to view around your busy lifestyle• Catch up on the news even when you can’t be online• Freedom to stay informed whenever and wherever you wantFollow• Follow topics that most interest you• Be alerted when story updates are published• Easily stay connected as stories developThe CNN App works on all iPhone/iPod touch Operating Systems and is optimized for OS 3.0.
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