The flagship Web App offering from America's flagship newspaper, the free NYTimes app
is very much in the vein of the paper's Adobe Air-powered TimesReader. Stories are presented in a more structured visual format than the web site, laid out in tiles. Each story, when brought fullscreen, uses a more newspaper-like column format, with a nice little sliding animation when you change pages. The app as a whole is more approachable than the web site, but lacks the site's breadth and, oddly, its video content. For now, if you want to see Mark Bittman's endearingly dry wit, you'll have to go to the site--a definite problem. But for sheer news-reading, I prefer it.