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Apps head-to-head: Daily Mail vs Financial Times

The Daily Mail and Financial Times both have successful apps available for download on the Android Market. But which one is better?

Financial Times

Price: Free

The ever-popular Financial Times has finally made in on to our Android devices. The app is, as you would expect really, offering the latest financial news from all over the world. Your homepage is filled with the latest news, and a series of tabs line the top of the page indicating different sections you can go to.

As well as the latest finance news, the app comes with a Life & Arts section as well as the latest market data, and even a currency converter. There’s a search function allowing you to look for specific articles – or a specific author as well.

Although the Financial Times app is free, there is a choice to subscribe to it to receive newsletters and a few other features, although we aren’t sure if £6.49 is justifiable. We also have a problem with the video content within the app, as it is painfully slow to load.

The Financial Times is a quality newspaper, but we’re not too sure if many people would stump up for the subscription that they’re keen to push through this app.

Overall: 3

Daily Mail

Price: Free

Following on from the success of the website, the Daily Mail Online has released their very own Android app. When opening the app, you’ll be greeted with the latest headlines from around the world. Scrolling left and right between screens will allow you to view other headlines, as well as associated articles.

On the bottom of the screen there is a list showing the different topics that the app covers. All the sections that are on the website are present on the app; including the Femail and You sections.

Articles are extremely fast to open and pictures look great. At the bottom of each article, there is a list of associated articles that you can take a look at. You can switch between articles and sections by simply shaking your phone – or by swiping your finger on the screen.

We were really pleased to see the Daily Mail finally get a decent app. The app has been expertly designed, and the various gesture features are a nice touch. In terms of reading the news on your Android device, this is one of the best experiences we’ve had.

Overall: 4

And the winner is… Daily Mail

We liked both apps, but found that the Daily Mail app was smoother to navigate, and didn’t charge a hefty subscription fee that will put a lot of potential readers off.

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