Apr 29 AT 4:01 PM Guest Blogger 13 Comments

NewsRoom: Attractive, fun, and lightweight feed reader


NewsRoom is an app that pulls all my favorite rss web content to my Android phone, and allows me to scroll through it much more quickly than using the browser.

I used the free trial before quickly deciding it was worth the $4.99 to have this gem permanently on my phone. The UI is stunning, especially compared with the other RSS readers out there. It makes my aging myTouch feel like a cutting edge piece of technology again — a rush I lost after the release of the Droid and N1. The user can seamlessly scroll through articles with the swipe of a finger and drag the article up or down to switch between the full article and the overview.

NewsRoom features 4 customizable home screens that allow you to organize your feeds (up to 36) in any order. The screens display rich icons bearing the website’s logo, and for those of us who are easily amused, they animate when selected to open or to be moved. NewsRoom even offers widgets, although they are nothing more than feed shortcuts placed on the home screen.

The developer, Trileet, is a friendly and responsive bunch. I had an issue not being able to install the paid version and they quickly found a solution.

If I could reserve one nag, it would be the lack of sync with Google reader. The native search on NewsRoom is pretty intuitive, but it does get tiring searching little results on a little screen. Until I snag the upcoming Mini 5, it would be nice to run searches for web content while on my desktop.

The app is lightweight enough to use on any version of Android, although the search can be slow, especially on slower speeds or a high traffic network.

The Good

  • The stunning UI makes this app fun and my phone feel state of the art again.
  • Delivers on its promise to quickly and easily deliver your favorite web content without opening a browser.
  • The four home screens are attractive and easy to use.

Not so Good

  • This app does not sync with Google Reader.
  • NewsRoom does not cooperate with landscape mode for easier reading.
  • The widgets are nothing more than shortcuts to your favorite feeds. They do not show actual content.

Final Verdict

I highly recommend NewsRoom. It is fast, customizable, simple, and delivers on its promise. Well worth the $4.99

Note: This review was submitted by James King as part of our app review contest.

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  • http://Website del

    Looks just like iphone OS. At this point, I hate everything apple.

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  • http://Website Jim

    While I agree it’s a very slick RSS app, lack of Google Reader sync is adealbreaker

  • http://Website Mark

    Doesn’t sync with Google Reader but you still think it’s a great app? Really? No thanks

  • http://Website Chris

    You can write man. One of the most well written reviews I’ve seen on this site.

  • http://Website Gomer

    For anyone refusing to buy this app because it does not sync with Google Reader, listen up…

    NewsRoom has the ability to pull down the ENTIRE article for offline reading, unlike GR which can only manage a line or two from CNN, NYTimes, etc. NewsRoom is able to do this BECAUSE it does not sync with GR. So which would you prefer? Getting little snippets of your top 30 RSS feeds and having to link through your browser to get the rest of the story, or being able to read the entire story via NewsRoom? It’s like saying you want to go from NY to LA but you want to go through Canada to get there. NewsRoom can get you there without having to do that, and you still want to? WTF? GR is a bare-bones, second-rate aggregator. If you prefer to settle for second-best, enjoy.

    • http://Website yoshi

      NewsRob can pull the entire article AND syncs with GR, I stick with that thanks

      • http://Website Gomer

        And NewsRob has a crappy UI, and is slow as hell, and drains the battery, and nice try but no cigar. Stick with second-best if you want. NewsRoom is the tops.

  • http://Website Andy Kirschetorte

    I never really got in to RSS feeds and that style of news until I found hootsuite. Now I use hootsuite on my phone and it’s what I now use for all my RSS feeds and love it. You see all your lists seperarately that contain all the news feeds. I prefer that personally.

  • http://Website JimmyK

    Thanks for the props Chris. I was a little nervous about this one. It was written after a term paper.

    I really think this is a killer app. After about 2 weeks use, I don’t even read my google RSS. I realize that it is kinda nice being limited in the amount of feeds I can subscribe to.

    How does the saying go? Data, Data everywhere and not a drop to think! I subscribe (via NewsRoom) to about 15 different feeds and I find I learn more that trying to follow 30+ feeds!

  • http://Website Eric

    Developer here..

    Very nice review. Thanks for the kinds words. I think the pros/cons are fair and the comments above also raise some fair points. We are in fact considering Google Reader support, even though I personally feel it will make the app inferior in many ways. It definitely seems to be important enough to enough people. If you would like to weigh in on that discussion, please visit our support site at http://getsatisfaction.com/trileet.


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