Wednesday, April 28, 2010

CNA and iToday iPhone Apps are poorly designed!

Recently I've been quite pissed off by the 2 iPhone apps. One look and you know that the people who designed / tested the apps did not test it while moving around. Try accessing the apps in an area with poor reception and if you're lucky, you'll see a "Getting news categories" status bar. If you're unlucky, the app will crash on you. Reason behind it? Most probably the designers did not take into account what happens if they are unable to get a connection or the connection is slow. Do you need so much time to get news categories? I don't think so. I believe that the apps did not even try to catch any exceptions.

For CNA, the app will even freeze for no particular reason after loading. The app was much more responsive before the update. I'm not sure what did they do to it but the app has definitely become more unusable after the update. Whoever who tested the app should test it using non-3G. Testing it using WiFi is a big no no. Remember. The iPhone is portable, WiFi isn't.

If you want to take a look at good news apps, take a look at Bloomberg and ST app. They are much more responsive than those 2 apps. I especially like the Bloomberg app. There is even an indicator if the app is unable to get a connection and you can continue reading the articles that you have downloaded previously.

Now, that's a good app.

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