Years ago, the only way to read my favorite newspaper online was well, through their website, www.philstar.com:
It was the next best thing to reading the actual paper, and if based abroad, like we were, the only way really.
As with the paper version, the website is peppered with ads, going through each story required scanning the entire web page top to bottom, from left to right, and it was very plausible to miss out on a story because I would have to go back to the home page after reading a story to scan through it again.
Not so with The Philippine Star’s Page Suite App for iPhone and iPad.
You may never read your favorite paper outside of this app again ever. Or at the very least, have it as your primary Philippine news app on your mobile device. Let me tell you why:
Feel & Vibe of the App
Clean, neat, and uncluttered, the app is very easy on the eyes. Everything is laid out in a straightforward manner, with the menu screen containing the different sections of the paper popping up from the upper left side.
Ease of Navigation
The app is very easy to navigate, intuitive and there’s no learning curve to hurdle. You just get it from the get go.
To navigate through the day’s paper, simply swipe left or right to move between the different sections – front page, opinion, sports, business, entertainment and lifestyle.
To read an article, simply tap on the article to read it in full detail. Once you’re done, just tap on the x on the upper right corner to close the page and be reverted back to the section.
Because the app is free of unnecessary clutter, and sections have their own dedicated “page”, it is very reader friendly, and you don’t get lost in a neverending stream of stories.
For those who prefer reading their newspaper the “old-fashioned” way, I especially like that there is a PDF version of The Philippine Star, where I can enjoy the paper as if I was reading the actual newspaper and turning its pages without getting ink on my hands.
You may also download the paper each day to read on the go, even download the PDF versions of past issues.
Of course, for full access to the daily newspaper, plus live updates on breaking news, sports, business and much more, you’ll need to subscribe to the app.
Choose from 7 Day ($2.99), 1 Month ($6.99), 3 Months ($19.99), and 6 Months ($34.99) subscriptions. All subscriptions include a free trial for an initial period of up to 14 days.