Pulse News Mini for iPhone - App Review
Pulse News Mini for iPhone is one of the newer RSS clients to appear in the App Store. I happened to catch it in the featured section of the App Store and figured I'd give it a try. Up until now, I've been a faithful fan of the Reeder client for iPhone. I'm starting to think that Pulse News Mini could definitely give it a run for it's money.
Read on for more screenshots and a walkthrough.
The first thing you'll notice upon launching Pulse News Mini is how visual it really is. You can really interact with your feeds in ways other RSS apps don't let you. There are 2 general motions you'll use to read your news feeds. The first is just general scrolling from top to bottom. This will allow you to scroll through your different feeds. The second is from side to side. This lets you tab through past feeds.
If you find something you want to read, simply click on it, when you start scrolling through the article, the menu bar will disappear, and when you're ready to look for something else, one tap will take you back to the main menu, or you can choose to continue scrolling through that particular feed along the bottom of your screen.
Pulse News Mini also includes Google Reader integration, so if you're using the Google RSS service, you'll be good to go and won't have to search for any feeds (but that's always an option for those of you not set up with Google Reader). You can also delete it or remove feeds from within it at any given point in time. I really like it isn't all or nothing. If I don't want "all" my Google Reader feeds, I can selectively choose which ones I'd like to add after logging in.
The only thing I've noticed about this app that I'd like to see in a future update is an unread count and more customization by way of administering your settings for feeds. In Reeder, I have it set to sync any feeds no less than 2 days old. This app seems to only congregate feeds from the past 24 hours. Sometimes I get busy at work or home and don't read feeds for about a day, so I like the option of being able to sync them back as far as several days or weeks if I want. Little things like this may keep me going back to Reeder every once in a while to read more dated feeds, but I think if Pulse News Mini releases some quality updates eventually adding these features, I'd be able to make Pulse my main RSS client.
- Extremely visual UI
- Great user interaction with feeds
- Several feed setup options
- Google Reader integration that is customizable
- No unread count
- Only syncs 24 hours back (as far as I can tell)
- Not a lot of user customization at this point
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