The Guardian for iPhone review: The Guardian for iPhone

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CNET Editors' Rating

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The Good You can stream videos and podcasts; easy to find popular, trending news; caches stories for offline reading; you can search the archives when connected to the Web.

The Bad No way to group together content from sections like G2 and the Guide; no related stories links; occasionally missing links and images; can't comment on stories yet.

The Bottom Line Although pricey, The Guardian's new iPhone app will save you a bundle compared to a subscription to the real newspaper. But you'll have to be prepared to read your news in a different way.

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The Guardian newspaper has pushed out a new version of its iPhone app, offering heaps more features at a reasonable price.

The app itself is free to download from iTunes but, to use it, you'll have to pay £2.99 for a six-month subscription or £3.99 for a year. Compared to the £308.69 cost of a full year's subscription to the dead-tree version of the paper, the app is pretty cheap.

If you have an account on the US iTunes Store, however, the app is free and supported with ads. If you'd prefer this option, check out our easy guide on how to  sign up for a US iTunes account without an American credit card.

If you can't be bothered with that and you're really feeling skint, you could always pop over to The Guardian's mobile website instead. That site does a pretty good job of satisfying our news cravings.

The paper's previous iPhone app, which had an up-front cost but no ongoing fee, will stay active if you already have it installed, but it's now been removed from the iTunes Store.

The new app packs in plenty of tempting features. It adds video and podcasts to the mix, and you can stream over 3G or Wi-Fi. It's just too bad that podcasts don't play in the background, so you can listen to them while you do other things on your phone. Subscribing to them or downloading them from iTunes is still the best plan.

Cache deal 

One of the app's most tempting features is its ability to cache stories for later reading on your lunch break down the mine. It seems that the latest stories get downloaded in all the sections, while image galleries only get saved for the sections that you define in the settings. You'll have to pass on videos and podcasts, though -- these don't get cached for your eyeball and earhole pleasure.

For the first time, video has been added to The Guardian's app.

The paper brags that the app's search function is its crown jewel, but it can't be used when you're offline. That means you'll have to sift through the cached stories by hand to find something specific if you're not connected to the Internet. But, when you're online, the search takes a look at the whole of The Guardian's archive, so you can dig deep into your favourite topic of times gone by.

Football fans can pick their favourite teams and get alerts when they score goals.

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