Make your Google Reader feeds look that little bit nicer

Newsify might not be the first Google Reader client for the iPhone – in fact it’s pretty late to the party – but that doesn’t mean you should write it off, not by any stretch of the imagination. As its full name suggests, Newisfy does one thing and one thing well – syncing with your Google Reader account to provide you with a better way to manage multiple RSS feeds, star favourite stories and categorise your news so it can all be managed that little bit easier.

As you’d expect, Google integration is key to a great Google Reader client, and Newsify does this extremely well. Upon first use you’re asked to enter your Google Account username and password and, once you’ve done so, Newsify does the rest, syncing up your stories, starred items and ensuring your feeds are organised into different folders.

In terms of design, Newsify opts to stay clean and devoid of too many unnecessary features that could prove to act as a distraction from your feed. It presents each feed’s stories in a tiled format – not too far away from what you’d see in a newspaper. On the iPhone, however this can feel cluttered at best and, at worst, a little illegible – especially where the font sizes get particularly small. That said, reading single articles is much easier and Newsify provides plenty of options for sharing your favourites with family and friends across whichever social network you choose to use. All in all, a worthy Google Reader client contender.

Rated 4 out of 5

Newisfy’s interface isn’t perfect, but it’s still a great Google Reader client for the iPhone.


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