Yahoo for iOS review: Elegant news browsing with a personal touch

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Yahoo! (iOS)

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4 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good The latest version of the Yahoo app gives options for both just headlines or visual news. Full-screen images with text overlays look great while you browse.

The Bad Facebook integration works, but only if you connect your Yahoo and Facebook account before using the app.

The Bottom Line More than just a news app, Yahoo stands out for its customization and search tools.

8.2 Overall
  • Installation and Setup 7.0
  • Features and Support 8.0
  • Interface 9.0
  • Performance 8.0

The Yahoo app is focused on the latest headlines, bringing more personalization to your news feed, quick summaries for easy reading, and good-looking article pages with photo backdrops.

This is not the app you're going to use to check your e-mail or access most of the other services that Yahoo provides, but what the app does well is bring you the latest news in an intuitive layout.

You have the option to view headlines in a clean list if that is your preference, but the app also features a visual view of the news. The clean list is great for quickly scanning headlines, and you can pull down the list to refresh. But by hitting the menu button in the upper left, you can flip a switch to turn the visual news feature on. The results reminded me immediately of the full-screen images in the Google+ app feed, but Yahoo places both the headline and a brief summary of the story over the lead image. The brief summaries are made by Summly, a company Yahoo acquired just a month prior to this review ( Read more about Summly here ). The app also uses parallax scrolling to make the headlines scroll slightly faster than the background image to give the news feed a feeling of depth. It may sound distracting, but I think Yahoo has done a good job of making the summaries stand out against the photo backdrops, giving it a certain elegance while you swipe through the headlines.

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