The Pulse News app describes itself as “a beautiful application that makes reading news fun and engaging”. It promises to transform your news sources into “a colorful and interactive mosaic, instantly”.
Well, I’m happy to report that this description is on point. Simply put, Pulse is the best app I’ve come across with in a long while.
The first thing you’ll notice about the Pulse iPhone app is that it’s intuitive. If you’ve been operating an iPhone even just for a week, you’ll know what to do with the app as soon as you open it. Navigating the app, adding more news sources, and sharing stories are all easy. In case you need help, though, the app also provides some tutorials.
The app is also incredibly visual – a clear departure from most RSS Feed reader apps, which all tend to be boring. The use of images (taken from the stories themselves) creates a stunning mosaic that makes reading news and blogs more fun.
Also interesting that Pulse tends to load faster than most other news apps . Both the Mashable and the Techcrunch apps tend to take a few seconds to load new stories on my 3GS; the Pulse app seems to do it in half the time.
What’s most incredible is that the app is free. Frankly, this is an app I wouldn’t mind paying at least $2.99 for. (I thought that the least I could do was write a good review for the app; hence this blog post.) If Alfonso Labs, the creator of the app, decides to use advertising as a business model someday, I just hope that they maintain the neat features of the app.
If there are possible limitations, it could be that it only allows up to 20 news sources. Quite frankly, though, I don’t want more than 20 news sources on my iPhone. I just want the best ones while I’m not on my desktop. (I can see it being a necessity for iPad users.)
Over the last few days, Pulse has already rendered some of the apps on my phone useless. Pulse News is a visual, slick, and engaging app that all news junkies should have.The app is also available for Android and iPad users.