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Newsgator – Initial Review

 

One of the most wonderful things about the Internet is that new information is so immediate that often times by the time the information gets to a magazine, the information is already stale. Being in the IT industry, I personally feel that it gives me an edge to always be as informed as possible. Another wonderful thing about the internet is the discussions that often happen that enriches the subject. This is what makes blogs interesting and relevant to me.

In general, I have often used Google Reader as my desktop RSS reader but I have been trying to find a whole host of other readers for my mobile device. I've tested pRSS Reader, Newsbreak, SPB Insight, Viigo and Fetch It. While all of them work well (some better than others of course) but the one feature that all of them lack is the ability to keep all of my reading synchronized. Enter Newsgator.

Apparently I've used the online version of Newsgator before as my email id was registered to it. However, it didn't make that great an impression. On the surface, it works like other RSS aggregators – it has the ability to tag an entry, the ability to import an OPML file, separates your blogs into folders, you can bookmark an entry by clipping it and you can email an entry to someone else. In short, it works and has the basic features that I would expect from such a service. After being used to Google Reader though, I will definitely miss the way Google Reader marks my entries as read. As you scroll over the bottom of an entry, it automatically marks the entries as read. It's such a small detail but it makes the reading experience so much more intuitive. In Newsgator, you can either mark an entry read as you go down or wait until you get to the bottom of the page to mark all entries as read. It still works but not as intuitive as Google's way of doing things.

On the mobile device front, it offers much of the same functionality of the other RSS readers such as ability to schedule a download of data, display articles by folders and share by email. One of the big benefits of being able to synchronize with the web version is that I don't have to import an OPML file which is nice. I like the fact that you can tag or clip articles and will synchronize with the web. Another neat feature is Top Stories. I believe that what this does is that it goes to the web and picks 50 stories or so that it thinks it's "top." I'm not that sure what algorithm it uses. It could just be based on currency.

So far I like the windows mobile version. Not quite in love with the web version but it's useable. If it impresses me, I'll write a full review for it. There's a premium subscription as well. Not sure what that does either.

Sent from my Windows Mobile® phone.

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