Newspaper apps are an acquired taste, but if you are a regular reader of a particular print edition and/or a regular visitor to a favourite newspaper website, then it is a logical step to think about taking a look at that newspaper's dedicated app. Do that and the service is much more easily accessible on your handset than via a web browser – fewer screen taps and all that. A good app also allows for better design and more personalisation features than you can get with the mobile website – and that's where the new Guardian app has moved things on.
The Guardian apps for Android and iPhone have just had a facelift. New features include an updated design, adaptive layout and a home screen you can customise to show just the news categories that interest you. You can read offline, save anything you particularly want to keep, search, and follow your favourite writers too.
The freebie app doesn't include what some might call "core" content – the daily crossword. And anyway, if you want a daily edition delivered to your device you have to pay. Also, if you cough up for the paid version you don't have to put up with any adverts.
Product: The Guardian
OS: iOS, Android