Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPad 2
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Perfect RSS Reader offers an attractive way of keeping up with all the latest updates on one's Google Reader account. In my time of using it, I actually found the interface encouraged me to read articles that I might not usually have found time for. It does lack the odd feature that would have been useful but for the most part it's an extremely proficient app that does everything one could expect.
Perhaps the biggest benefit of all is that offline browsing works so smoothly. As an owner of a Wi-Fi only iPad 2, it's convenient to be able to load up the day's RSS based updates then wander down to the bottom of my garden and read up on the day's events without worrying about the need for an internet connection. Images quickly download to the device ensuring it doesn't take long to have the iPad set up for offline browsing.
The rest of the experience feels akin to reading a digital magazine or e-book making it simple to browse through the different articles downloaded. Once an interesting article has been found, it can also be quickly shared via Instapaper, Delicious, Twitter, Facebook, Evernote and Tumblr. Everything is just so and immediately easy to use, right down to a photo browsing mode for users who want to focus on the images rather than the text - particularly useful when looking at new screenshots of a game for instance.
The only real downside I found to Perfect RSS Reader is that there's no way of filtering updates down according to site. The main two ways of viewing is either to look through the list of updates all together without being separated by site or genre, or by scrolling through the list of all sites one follows rather than just the ones that have been recently updated. It's a small thing but an important one for people like me who keep track of a lot of different sites at once but don't have the foresight to arrange sites into categories.
Other than that, Perfect RSS Reader is everything anyone could want from an RSS client. Simple to use and pleasant to look at, it's an elegant solution to keeping on top of the ever growing amount of information that needs to be tracked.