Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5
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Simplicity can often be a double-edged sword. In the case of Interesting, it very nearly is. Despite a slightly uninspired user interface, however, it manages to offer all the latest news that any newshound or gossip fiend could want in one place.
The app requires no setting up or account details. There's not even any need for a convoluted tutorial. Instead, users just open the app and start browsing the news. Four categories are offered: Design & Technology, News & Politics, Entertainment & TV and Sports. In each case, a varied selection of the latest news and features from a plethora of sources are available to click. Under Design & Technology, for instance, there are stories as diverse as a How To guide from Macworld to the latest news from CES via Engadget and Gizmodo. The sites are heavily weighted towards the US, understandably, but this only really becomes a noticeable issue for other nationalities when it comes to the News & Politics section.
Users can browse these headlines before choosing to look at a story in full by tapping on it. There are no weird shrunken down versions of the story, as seen in other apps. Instead, the app goes straight to the website involved for the full experience. When a video is tapped, it opens it directly rather than using the site. It's simple yet highly effective.
There's not much else functionality to Interesting. No way of interacting with others (besides typical tweeting and email options) or any need to sync or manage the app, it's just pure news and information. An option to save a story to Pocket for later reading is available, though.
Such simplicity won't appeal to all, especially those keen to interact with others, but for users such as myself purely keen on browsing many news stories at once, Interesting offers plenty to enjoy and appreciate.