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Newsify - the Best iOS App Ever...this week

Review by Dan Seifert on Friday June 08, 2012.

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Newsify for iPhone
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Google Reader is an essential part of my daily workflow. Whether it's keeping up with all of the latest tech news, making sure that our feeds are working properly, or just finding interesting stuff to read and share, an hour doesn't go by where I am not monitoring my Google Reader feeds. Since Google Reader is so important to my day-to-day, it's imperative that I have quick and easy access to it on my mobile devices. On iOS, I have been a fan of Reeder for a long time, which offers a clean interface with a lot of power features. However, it's been a long time since Reeder was last updated, and it is starting to get long in the tooth. Not to mention, it still doesn't have some features that I would love to see. So this week I went off to find a new Google Reader app to use on iOS and I happened to land on Newsify.

Newsify almost appears to be the illegitimate offspring of Flipboard and Reeder, as it features design elements cobbled together from both popular apps. Where Flipboard is more for laid back consumption of content and is not necessarily the best option for power users, Newsify takes Flipboard's attractive layout and marries it with necessary power features for Google Reader aficionados, like two-way syncing, folder organization, and quick sharing functions.

As you might guess given its name, Newsify presents articles in your Google Reader feeds in a newspaper-type layout, with big titles and pictures. It's very similar to how Flipboard presents news feeds. Should you opt for a more traditional list of articles, you can easily switch to that view and keep the large images intact, as well.

Newsify offers configurable gestures, so you can swipe left-to-right to go back to the article list when viewing a post and right-to-left to open the story in the embedded web browser, or advance to the next story in your queue, depending on how you have it set up. The article list supports quick updating through a pull-to-refresh gesture, and a button at the upper right can be configured to toggle the Readability mobilizer or open the story in the web browser.

The bottom of the story view offers buttons for toggling read status on/off, starring, up and down article navigation, and sharing to a variety of services, such as Facebook, Twitter, Evernote, email, Pocket, Instapaper, Readability, and others. Newsify will show the three most recently used share options at the top of the share menu, with the others available through the "More" button.

Other features in Newsify that I really like are the ability to manage my Google Reader folders and subscriptions, mark all feeds as read, and mark previously scanned articles as read. There are full screen views for articles and the embedded web browser, and Newsify also has full offline caching of articles and images, so you can still catch up on your feeds while on the subway (provided you synced the app above ground first, of course).

Newsify was just updated this week to be universal for both the iPhone and the iPad, so all of its features are available on both devices. The app has performed admirably for me over the past few days, and I really appreciate its clean aesthetics and easy-on-the-eyes interface. I have a feeling this will be my go-to Google Reader app on the iPhone and the iPad for some time to come. It would be great if this were made available for the Android platform as well, as it would fit right in with the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich design layout. The developer says it does not have any plans to support other platforms at this time.

You can download Newsify for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad from the iTunes App Store now. It's available for free for a limited time, so you had better jump on it now if you want to check it out.

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Dan Seifert
Dan is MobileBurn.com's Editor-in-Chief. Based in Poughkeepsie in New York, Dan can be found on Twitter as @DCSeifert.

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