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May 10, 2012 / carlispina

Read Your RSS Feed on the Go With Newsify

NewsifyWhile Google Reader can be a great way to keep up with RSS feeds, it isn’t particularly well-suited to reading on the go, leaving a void that several apps have tried to fill. Newsify is among the newest options for reading your Google Reader content on an iOS device and it has many features that make it very useable and convenient.

Newsify makes reading Google Reader content a pleasure since it rearranges it into a magazine- or newspaper-style layout for easy reading and browsing in both portrait and landscape views. By default only unread items are displayed and items are turn grey as they are read, but users have the option to set up their account to display already-read content as well. You can view individual RSS feeds one at a time or all content at once in the order in which it was published. Updating the feed is as simple as pulling down on the content. This same motion also allows you to move from one article to the next in your current feed. Newsify also makes it easy to star or share content. Sharing options include Twitter, Pocket, Facebook, Delicious, Instapaper, Tumblr and email. Best of all, the app is designed to allow offline reading of the synced content so you can read even if you don’t have a wifi or data connection.

While this app is offered for iPad as well, the iPad interface is very disappointing compared to the iPhone interface, primarily because they are completely identical. When you open the iPad version of the app, it is just an iPhone-sized interface centered on the iPad’s screen. There is a button to double the size of the display, but this severely compromises the resolution. When I tried this feature the pictures and text were all extremely pixelated. Moreover, even when the display is doubled, it still doesn’t come close to filling the iPad’s screen.

All things considered, if you are a Google Reader user who wants to keep up with your feed on your iPhone, this app is well worth it, especially now while it is free (as noted above, the app is only free for a short time, so act fast if you are interested in it). However, if your iPad is the primary device you use to read your feed, I would pass on this option.

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  1. Drew / May 15 2012 2:26 am

    Are you familiar with the concept of iPhone only app (can’t download at all on iPad), iPhone app (that’s “emulated” on the iPad), Universal app and iPad only app (can’t download on iPhone)? You might want to read up on them.

    That said, like you, I would VERY much like to see a Universal or iPad version of this app.

    • carlispina / May 15 2012 10:12 pm

      Thanks for the comment. While I am very familiar with those concepts, I did find it disappointing that an app that was advertised as for iPhones and iPads worked so poorly on the iPad, especially given the fact that this app is only free for a limited time.

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