Version Reviewed: 1.12
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5
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Simple yet informative is precisely what one could want from an RSS Reader. That's exactly what Good News offers, and despite a few moments of slowness with the interface, it's quite the ideal solution for those who want to keep track of many different types of information.
Requiring very little setup unless one wants to get involved, Good News is very easy to start using. It comes with a selection of pre-arranged categories covering subjects such as News, Sport, Science, and Technology. Each category includes a bunch of well known sites, proving immediately helpful to those wanting to find out more. Browsing is simply a matter of tapping and swiping, with even the option to listen to such news in different languages if one so wishes. At times Good News is a little sluggish to return to earlier listings, presumably because of not accurately reading one's swipe, but it doesn't disrupt enjoyment too severely.
For those who want to get a more personalized feed set up, it's pretty easy to create new entries or add sites from the many recommended links provided by the app. Alongside that, it's possible to add social network links so one can have all their tweets, Tumblr links, and Facebook status updates in one place. Local weather information can also be included here. Such support for social networks is quite basic so don't expect to be able to do as much here as with a dedicated app, but as somewhere to check out quickly, it does the job well.
Covering nearly everything possible that one would expect from an RSS reader and general news portal, Good News is a great app. Its only real quibble is its slight unresponsiveness when trying to swipe back and forth. Other than that, it's an ideal solution for the avid news reader.