GQ Magazine – March Edition

Price: $2.99    Score: 8/10    By Shaun Campbell GQ Magazine

GQ Magazine is back this month with a bumper issue full of great reads, how-to’s and style advice. Featuring a new GQ library – the March edition also now makes it easier to access all of your previous editions of GQ from the one app.

Opening up GQ Magazine brings you straight to a scrollable table of contents – simply flick down the list to find an article that strikes your fancy, or just start from the top. Tapping on any of the articles will take you straight to the home page of that particular story, or to the relevant sub-category.

The articles themselves are surprisingly easy to read, despite the small screen. The default font size is quite small, but its a cinch to scale it up if you find yourself doing more squinting than reading. Some stories have images or video associated with them, which you can view by tapping once on the page to bring up the options, and once more on ‘view media’. You can also tap the ‘Home’ button at any time to get back to the table of contents.

This month is a big issue, both in terms of content and kilobytes – but here are some of the highlights:

  • Interviews with NBA All-Star Kobe Bryant and veteran actor Jeff Bridges
  • The man’s guide to throwing a kick-ass party
  • The best new designers in America 2010
  • GQ shirt-primer and the new look of All-American style
  • The Few, the Proud, the Broken – 3 former Marines story of coming home

While there are some ads interlaced between photo galleries, for the most part, reading GQ Magazine on the iPhone is an enjoyably ad-free experience. However, if drawing sartorial inspiration from all the dapper fellows in the ads for Hilfiger, DKNY, D&G, A|X and the like is half the reason you read GQ, then fear not – simply flip the iPhone into landscape mode and you can easily swipe through all the glossy advertisements without those pesky articles getting in the way. Each ad is linked to that company’s website, and one tap can take you straight there.

GQ Magazine features an in-app advertisement for subscription to the print version of GQ for just $1 per issue. Given that anyone reading that ad paid $2.99 for the digital edition – it would be nice to see a similar subscription-based service offered for readers who prefer the iPhone app. Presumably, this could be even cheaper still, given the low-cost distribution method that the App Store provides.

Regardless, always well written and well put together, GQ Magazine is a great read. Get it here.

GQ March Edition requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone and iPod Touch.

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