Rupert Murdoch’s new iPad-only publication, The Daily, launched today. It’s been criticized for day-old “news” stories and sub-par writing. But we like it for one big reason: The offline content.

Our Internet connection is very slow, shared in an apartment building full of students. But with this app, the content is still there when you’re not in range of a Wi-Fi connection and don’t have the 3G version of the iPad, as long as you went online for a bit first to give the stories a chance to download. This could change the way we feel about the iPad, which so far is getting use only when we’re traveling. Sure, there are other apps for saving offline content, but we haven’t found them too handy.

Now we’ll take our iPad to the gym or anywhere else without a Wi-Fi connection. We tried it for a bit today looking at a story on convicted murderers being allowed to use power tools to make toys from within prison walls. (Bob points that murder has the lowest repeat rate of any crime.)

The content changes every day, so if you want to save a story for tomorrow, you just tap the right-arrow icon at the top of the screen and then tap the paper clip icon. To see your saved stories, go to “carousel view.” You can tell you’re in carousel view because the colorful pages rotate in a circular fashion. To get there, tap the uppermost icon on the right of any page, which looks a bit like the bars showing connection strength.

The Sports section is getting the most praise, but The Daily also has sections labeled Gossip, Opinion, Arts & Life, Apps & Games and News.  While viewing a story,  tap the right-arrow icon at the top of the screen to post a comment to Facebook or Twitter or an email, or to audio-record one.

The Daily is 99 cents a week or $40 a year, with a two-week  free trial.

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