Ratings and Reviews
It does what it says on the “packet” namely full editions of The Times newspaper from midnight updated regularly during the day.
It’s easy to use and I particularly like and use the “Previous six days” section where it is easy to revisit the paper from the previous week.
Apart from the news, other likes include the, Sport, Puzzles, Times2 and Comments sections - there is a very useful facility for receiving email alerts (with link) to as many (or few) individual sections as you wish.
A very useful facility on my iPhone is when replying to someone else’s reply (to one of my comments) it takes me back to the exact place. However my iPad does not seem to do this.
I’ve only given four stars because of a couple of ways it could be improved.
Firstly when typing comments it occasionally “jumps” or refreshes and the comments already typed may be lost which is very frustrating, especially having typed a lot of text.
Secondly there appears to be no way to search for previously read pieces. Perhaps a list of headlines for each day’s edition(s) could be used to facilitate a search under “Previous six days”?
Finally the Codeword puzzle, Chess and Bridge sections only appear sporadically and I struggle to find the quiz again, but that may be my ineptitude.
Otherwise the app, and newspaper, is excellent and I’d recommend it to anyone.
Used on first iPhone 6+. I bought this and my subscription to The Times for the crossword. The crossword works well, with perhaps too many ‘checking’ options. It will store pretty much anything you have started to complete and allow you to return - similar to still finding printed versions in a pocket you haven’t used for some time. As my juvenile cataract worsens, and the rest of me becomes less juvenile, I would like more reliable scrolling of the grid and more ability to zoom/enlarge print, but I’m also pursuing the options for improving my eyesight... The paper part is clear, structured like the website, similar in flow to the paper. Searching for pieces is not satisfying, as previously noted, but then it serves to replicate the transience of the original. I’d rather it did not return to reload the edition from the front so frequently, and could update without disturbing where I left it, but apps seem designed to suit the software rather than the user.
The best newspaper app
I came back to the Times from The Telegraph because I find the depth of content and coverage to be superior. I really like the midday and 5pm updates which I never had with The Telegraph and as other reviewers have said, the ability to read previous issues is essential and glad that it’s finally an option. The one surprise was that I can’t get the football league tables anywhere within the app version which I think is odd, hardly the biggest gripe in the world but it would be nice to see them added sometime. Overall very pleased indeed and I’ve now stopped my physical newspaper as it was such a waste having both.
- Times Newspapers Limited
- 184.5 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 12+ for the following:
- Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence
- Infrequent/Mild Medical/Treatment Information
- Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
- Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
- The Times for iPhone is published by Times Newspapers Limited. © Copyright Times Newspapers Limited 2018. The Times is a registered trade mark of Times Newspapers Limited. All rights reserved.
- In-App Purchases
- The Times & The Sunday Times £25.99
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.