WSJ - The Wall Street Journal mobile reader, the new iPhone app from the venerable financial news source, is another solid news reader for the iPhone/iPod touch. It is fluid and makes reading, watching, and listening to content from The Wall Street Journal content easy.
The Wall Street Journal mobile reader has much of the same look and feel of The New York Times app, though less slow and clunky. There are some occasional moments of dragging, such as when opening WSJ or when a few of the articles were being called up. While loading, you have the option of tapping "skip" when there is an update screen. Tap it. This way WSJ will update while you are browsing through it — a better option than having to wait for the entire app to load.
There are five main sections at the bottom of the The Wall Street Journal News Reader — two will be familiar to Journal Readers. What's News and Markets offer a wrap up of the daily news and financial information, respectively. Editors' Picks features a collection of selected news and feature articles. The "Saved" section is where articles are stored for later offline viewing. Tap on "More" to access some of the other popular WSJ features, such as Walt Mossberg's All Things Digital Column or the WSJ Opinion section.
Each headline is in a wide space that is easy to scroll and tap (with the exception of the large ad at the bottom of the page. But hey, WSJ is free, so you can't complain too much). Tap a story to read it and view the photo. Two icons on the bottom of the page allow for e-mailing the story or saving it for later offline viewing.
Along with articles there is a significant amount of audio and video content in The Wall Street Journal Mobile Reader. There are several news video reports that stream pretty well over a 3G network or Wi-Fi (good luck over EDGE). WSJ Radio and audio news reports are also available for a further financial fix. And what is better is that all this content is free — unlike much of what is on the Wall Street Journal main site.