The Wider Image Review – Taking newsflash to the next level

On December 19, 2012

App Type: Uncategorized

The Wider Image Review – Taking newsflash to the next level

Our rating:

By: Thomson Reuters

Version #: 2.0.0

Date Released: 2012-10-18

Developer: Thomson Reuters

Price: Free

User Rating:

The Wider Image seeks to do just that, giving you a wider perspective of what lies behind an image. Created by Thomson Reuters, the app presents users with quality news rather than bombard them with headliners like what most news applications do. The Wider Image gives users only the finest, read-worthy selections, and does a beautiful job in presenting each individual story.

In my opinion, navigating through The Wider Image felt more like scrolling through a photo album than an electronic newspaper. Articles were displayed via panels of beautifully taken snapshots and the whole application seemed to focus more on said photographs rather than the news itself. The Wider Image appeared to place more emphasis on the quality of the photos rather than the content behind said photos given the seemingly nondescript text and the overt placement of vibrant photos.

Of course, given that content is carefully selected and presented to readers, it will definitely run dry rather quickly. I found myself running out of articles to browse through rather quickly and hopefully the developers invest more time towards updating the app. While of course I could always switch to a conventional news application for my daily dose of trivia, The Wider Image does indeed bring new perspective to browsing through articles that would otherwise be found boring.

A free app, this one gets my nod of approval.

Quick Take


Would I Buy Again:Yes

Learning Curve:NA

Who Is It For:People who read the news

What I Like:The breathtaking photographs

What I Don't Like:Content not updated frequently enough

Final Statement:This is a breakthrough for the news industry

Read the Developer's Notes:
The Wider Image is an unprecedented photography experience from Reuters, the world’s largest news agency. Created exclusively for the iPad, this immersive app reimagines news photography to bring images and information to life.

Start with over 100 compelling stories by Reuters photographers across the world, with new stories added daily. Get the wider story. Transform the way you see.

- Access some of the best stories by Reuters photographers worldwide, often with a human perspective beyond the news headlines.
- Get more context on every story - interact with image sequences, read expanded facts and quotes, reflect on the before and after, hear words and sounds.
- See what’s happening in places you care about. Discover stories in places you may never have known.
- Get to know the people behind the images through photographer profiles and in-the-field witness commentary.
- Visually compare social, demographic and economic differences between the story’s location and your own.

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A water polo player from Singapore, Wei Jie devotes most of his time to training. However, when he's not occupied by water training or pushing himself in the gym, expect to see him squinting at his iPhone testing out new apps.

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