No links post this morning, maybe later today. Meantime, enjoy me blathering abouta a couple of substitutions in my iPad dock:
Position: RSS Reader
An easy call. NewsRack is nice, but Reeder is:
Without a limit on downloaded articles per feed
Much more accurate on sync – NewsRack has problems if you go back and forth and old, unread articles pile up and never get marked unread.
With an option to put the oldest item first
The only real problem I have with Reeder is that some of it’s gesture functions are a little opaque, and there’s no in-app help. It’d also be nice if they did something more visually interesting with the topmost level page – each subfolder is basically just a grey rectangle. A montage of favicons from the folder would be cool. Other than that, it’s really great so far.
Position: Twitter Client
Incoming: Osfoora HD
I swore I wasn’t going to buy a Twitter client, what with Tweetie/Twitter due Real Soon Now, but I was pursuaded.
Twitter is weird on the iPad, probably the only thing I do on the iPad whose natural window on my desktop is smaller than the iPad screen. As such, I don’t think that any of the Twitter clients on the iPad really feel right yet. (TweetDeck’s multiple columns don’t quite look good to me, and I haven’t tried Twittelator’s desktop-y screen). Osfoora has two big advantages over Twitteriffic. It manages the case where your number of unread tweets is over 200 nicely (just like Tweetie/Twitter), something that Twitteriffic has never done gracefully in any of its mobile incarnations. Osfoora also splits @replies into their own space, which I prefer.
That said, it’s three, count ‘em, three taps to open a link in the in-app browser, and that’s at least one too many. I’m not sure I like the “show the current tweet really big” method of getting at deeper functionality, but I guess it’s a bigger-screen analogue of Tweetie’s sweep to show. Still, it’s got a lot of features and it’s not unpretty, so I’m sticking with it for a while.