Just when you thought the RSS reader space was well-and-truly saturated on the iPad, along comes another one! But where Pulse differs from Newsrack, as a good example of an incumbent RSS reader on the iPad, is with a new take on the news reader UI that might just catch on.
Yesterday we saw the blandness that was Feedler with the trial period that catches you by surprise one week into using a supposedly free application. If there was a better example of how best to piss off possible customers, I haven’t come across it yet (but we’re only just beginning, give it time!)
Today is a good opportunity to hit the other side of the spectrum. If Feedler is an example of When Feed Readers Go Bad, what is example of the right way to approach feed reading on the iPad platform?
Feedler is a fairly spartan feed reader for the iPad with a nasty surprise for those expecting the free pricetag to actually mean the app is free.
Feedler is basically an iPad wrapper for your google reader account (you do have one right?) and it fulfils this function fairly well. The app is quick to load and initially asks you for your google account email and password, which I must admit, I was reluctant to give to an unknown free app from the iTMS.
My inbox hasn’t been flooded with penis enlargement and horse porn as a result… yet. To be fair, reviews on the App Store are generally negative but certainly not because of misuse of user’s Google accounts…