Top 8 Mobile News Sites

Read news on your PDA

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For many of us, our daily routine involves catching up on the latest news. Did you know your PDA can be a great tool for staying informed? Assuming your PDA has a way to access the Internet, you can browse some of your favorite news sites directly from your handheld. Here’s a look at nine popular sites that you may want to bookmark.

ABC News

What We Like

  • Videos from Good Morning America, Nightline, and 20/20.

  • Read articles offline.

What We Don't Like

  • Sensational headlines.

  • Sponsored content.

In addition to a brief look at the day’s top stories, you’ll see a preview of news from other categories on the ABC News mobile site. For easy access to specific news, you can also search directly from the main page.

CNN Mobile

What We Like

  • Watch live CNN and HLN.

  • Local news for GPS-enabled devices.

What We Don't Like

  • Unlimited live streaming requires a cable subscription.

  • Some content is region restricted.

CNN’s mobile page provides a look at today’s latest news along with news from a handful of other categories. You can also enter your zip code or city to receive weather forecasts.

FOX News

What We Like

  • Robust social media integration.

  • Watch videos from Fox Business.

What We Don't Like

  • Politically biased reporting.

  • Video interface needs improvement.

View your favorite Fox News stories on your handheld using this mobile site. In addition to a preview of news in various categories, you can also receive weather reports.

Los Angeles Times

What We Like

  • Content you won't find in the print newspaper.

  • Traffic alerts for Los Angeles.

What We Don't Like

  • Annoying ads and popups.

  • The app drains battery life.

In addition to popular news categories such as Business, National, and World news, you can catch up on your horoscope, search for cars that are for sale, and even job hunt. The Los Angeles Times provides a CareerBuilder.com link from the home page to help you search for jobs by type, keywords, or location.

The New York Times Mobile

What We Like

  • In-depth reporting.

  • Daily online crossword puzzles.

What We Don't Like

  • Requires a subscription.

  • Mobile app is buggy.

You’ll have full access to the New York Times’ content from its mobile site. Stock quotes are listed on the home page and you can tap the section heading to check the major U.S. indexes and track top moving stocks. If you’ve registered at NYTimes.com, you can also set up My Alerts to track news stories by topic or keyword.

The Wall Street Journal

What We Like

  • Flexible subscription plans.

  • Luxury real estate listings.

What We Don't Like

  • Too many ads.

  • Cluttered homepage.

Get your daily market updates from The Wall Street Journal’s mobile site. By tapping the Markets link at the bottom of the page, you’ll see the latest news on stocks, shareholders, and other market-related news. Other sections include Weekend & Leisure and Arts & Entertainment.

Time Mobile

What We Like

  • Interactive content.

  • Video game and software reviews.

What We Don't Like

  • Search feature disappears in portrait view.

  • Pricey subscription fees.

Get everything you love about TIME magazine in a mobile-friendly form from this site. Here, you’re sure to find some entertainment in the numerous blogs, Quotes of the Day section, Photo Essays, and more.

USA Today

What We Like

  • NBA scores on the homepage.

  • Fun games and quizzes.

What We Don't Like

  • Customer service gets mixed reviews.

  • Advertisements all over.

USA Today offers a familiar, easy-to-use interface that is organized into color-coded sections for effortless navigation. USA Today’s Travel section is sure to be a big hit with people who are on the road with its city guides and travel arrangement contact information.