Quick News is a news feed and podcast program for nearly every type of operating system that one can have in a mobile device. It does not create news feeds or podcasts, but simply connects you to what is out there (either through your PDA’s wireless connection or a desktop sync conduit). Sounds simple enough, but I had to take the plunge and see what it was all about.
It was that ease of use in setting up and managing feeds that has made Quick News a must have app on my Treo. While I thought that I would be typing the URLs for feeds for days, Quick News comes with an excellent search feature that makes it pretty easy to grab those feeds that you are interested in. The only caveat is that if your feed does not show up on the FeedRunner website, chances are that it will not be findable by the search.
Other useful features of Quick News include being able to save feeds and podcasts to your memory card (much needed in my Treo). You can even delete all previously read entries with just two taps.
If there was one thing that I would change it would be this application’s support for 5-way navigation button on my Treo. Where there were some commands that worked with a screen tap and not with a similar move-and-select with the 5-way (such as going right to the feed list when clicking a particular icon, or showing the feed list when in another feed). By no way is that a defeating feature, but something that I noticed along the way.
The cost seems a bit much at $15, but if you think about it, it is a heck of a bargain. Most websites publish their RSS feeds free, and so you can have a library of thousands of feeds to choose from for just $15. Nice deal if you ask me.
The setup does take a bit, but once you are done you are off to the reading races. Check out Quick News for yourself and see how easy it is for you to stay on top of news and podcasts.
It can be purchased from the Brighthand software store.