- Easy to navigate - Users can easily flick through news stories across categories including Top Stories, World, U.S., Politics, Crime, Entertainment, Health, Travel, Tech and Living. Additionally, when the device is rotated horizontally, stories can be flipped through quickly.
- Easy to consume - Each story features bulleted highlights above the full article, designed to satisfy mobile "snackers," allowing them to easily scan through the latest stories, as well as meet the needs of users who want the whole story.
- Easy to share - Users can share stories via email, SMS and Twitter, as well as Facebook Connect by posting a story directly to their wall.
- Easy to view - White text on black background providing excellent viewing experience
- For the first time on a mobile device, the CNN App provides a direct gateway to iReport.com, allowing users to browse user-generated content; register, sign-in to their account or sign on as a guest to capture and instantly upload user-generated photos and videos (with the iPhone 3GS). Users also can browse iReport.com's latest "assignments," asking the community to weigh in on local and national news stories.
- Local news, weather and traffic based on user's actual location or the ability to select a specific location.
- Ability to "follow" a story or topic: As CNN publishes breaking news alerts or new stories related to a chosen topic, the app will automatically push the updates to the device.
- "Saved" content functionality, which enables users to access text stories that interest them anytime, anywhere - even when they're offline.
- Live streaming video - Provides users with access to live streaming video directly from CNN.com Live, the Internet's only live multi-stream video news service.
- On-demand - The App provides access to an extensive selection of on-demand video clips across many categories, including Latest News, Most Popular, On TV, U.S., World, Entertainment, Tech, Offbeat, Politics and Health.
The video is also a nice touch. The application streams video to the native iPhone media player. I noticed little lag. The one disappointing thing is that video won't cache for off-line consumption, though news stories and photos will.
In the short time I've played with the application, I've found it to be quick, visually appealing, and the customization features really allow users to feed on the news that's most important to them.
The application costs $2 and is available from the iPhone Apps Store starting today.