February 11, 2012, 7:28 AM — The big game is on -- and by that, we don't mean football, basketball, baseball or Angry Birds. We're talking about the biggest pastime in the U.S.: Watching (and taking part in) the current Republican primaries and the upcoming presidential elections.
After all, what could be more exciting? There's a president under fire from both sides of the aisle, a group of opposition contenders who are hurling more mud at each other than you'll find in a swamp and a media that's eager to publicize every misstatement and accusation.
If you're one of those who really wants to follow the play-by-play as it happens -- the debates, the ads, the back-and-forth on the talk shows, the Twitter conversations -- the best way to do it is via your mobile device.
In order to find the best apps for the job, some of the politically interested staffers here at Computerworld have tested six interesting election-related apps on our iPhones and/or Android phones. Four of these -- CNN Mobile, ElectionCaster, http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9224069/Election_fever_6_mobile_apps_that_can_keep_you_informed&pageNumber=2 and USA Election 2012 -- offer election-related news and information, either from a single publication or from a variety of sources. The other two offer insights on what the politicians are saying (PolitiFact Mobile) or let you have your say (VoterMap).
We've downloaded and installed each app, put it through its paces and figured out what it's good at, what it's not-so-good at and whether we want to keep it on our phones.
(Note: Some of these apps also have tablet versions. While we didn't test any of the apps on either an iPad or on an Android tablet, we have noted where separate versions exist.)
So if you're a politics junkie, or just an interested citizen, here are some apps you may want to try out.
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