News apps on the iPad — I like the iPhone versions better than iPad versions

I was really looking forward to downloading the iPad versions of my favorite news apps — AP News and the New York Times. But now, having used them, I've decided I prefer using the iPhone versions on my iPad. Take AP News. The home page has a lot of eye candy, but I don't see what it adds. The iPhone versions, are easier to read, use the space more efficiently, and download more quickly. Part of the problem is that we don't have 3G in this corner of Iowa, so the eye candy comes at a real cost on the slower Edge network. And if you're trying to keep your data downloading to the $15/month for 250MB, then the greater use of graphics means you're using up your allotment more quickly.

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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.