The Daily: Overall, it's probably the best iPad newspaper/magazine/multimedia experience/whatever to date. There's a staggering amount of high quality content in a variety of sections—News, Gossip, Opinion, Arts & Life, Apps & Games, and Sports—with sharp writing, beautiful photos, and well-produced video sprinkled throughout. In the sports section, in particular, the Daily really shines.
You can jump around between all of these piece to piece with the carousel view or simply swipe through panel by panel. It's a rich publication but accessibly so. And for 14 cents a day, or whatever a buck a week works out to, it's definitely a good value. Even if you don't cancel your real newspaper subscription. Free for 2 weeks. $1/week thereafter.
Atavist: A Giz App of the Day. The Atavist is a new publishing platform that tries to wed longform journalism and multimedia in a more sensible way. For the most part, your screen is filled with plain, unadorned text, which is a total relief, just like it is when you read something in Instapaper. But a rich multimedia experience is there, unobtrusively, waiting in the wings. Nice, full screen photographs are inserted between sections. Small arrows point to interactive elements in the text, words that are essentially links to relevant biographies, maps, timelines and the like. Tapping the screen pulls up a toolbar that lets you play an audio recording of the article while you read it, scan through thumbnails to any section of the piece, or, eventually, share snippets of the text itself over email, Facebook, or Twitter. You can engage with any or all of these multimedia offerings as frequently or as infrequently as is your preference. Free