WordPress 2.0 for iPhone: Review
Last week, WordPress released its much-anticipated 2.0 app for the iPhone. People flocked to be beta testers and the app was in development for ages. I've been waiting anxiously for its release, as I've used 1.0 and was hoping for far more.
If you take a look at current news about the new app, you'll get rave reviews and reports of its success. I have to admit to some disappointment and a whole lot of confusion.
CNET comments, "Oddly enough, the new WordPress app is completely different from the original, which still exists but will no longer be updated." I would like to know what alternate app they managed to find. The new WordPress app absolutely has some improvements over 1.0. However, in spite of requiring a separate download of a different app, it is in most ways exactly the same app.
The new interface is slightly prettier. There is one less layer of navigation, using buttons on the bottom of your screen, rather than an intermediate menu.
The biggest change to the new app, and the only one that makes this a definite improvement, is a better memory. My mom called halfway through my blog post, and I very nearly threw my phone across the room. I was pleasantly surprised when I reopened WordPress to be told:
Even though I save frequently from habit, it saved me much frustration. Way to go, WordPress. 5 Stars for this alone.
The new app also reproduces your photos in the same order as you upload them, which I suppose is an improvement, since before you had no control at all. The app saves your password differently, which apparently has some benefit if you plan on having other applications access it. It automatically updates to your most recent blogposts and comments (rather than having to refresh) and it is quite a bit faster.
And... that seems to be about it.
Look, I'm not saying that these improvements aren't significant or welcome, but the WordPress blog hinted that the new version was going to be a completely different user experience that would revolutionize mobile blogging. The improvements included are nothing I wouldn't expect in a simple update, and less than I've seen in many of my app updates.Continued on the next page