NewsMix – or NewsMix by sobees to use its full name – is the latest ‘social news’ app to hit the iPad App Store. It offers a default set of major news sources in a small range of typical categories – things like sports, technology, politics, culture, lifestyle, news and so on. The ‘social’ part comes via the ability to add your own individual RSS feeds, Google Reader integration, and hooks into your Twitter and Facebook accounts.
Here’s more on the app via its App Store page:
NewsMix by sobees has been thought to suit your every need! It lets you stay up to date with both your social media AND the world’s news, create your own mix of news and share articles with your community. All this in a fun, fast and easy-to-use interface. Thanks to NewsMix by sobees – YOUR own, personalized magazine – the latest news is only a tap away!
What exactly can I do with NewsMix?
• Read my Twitter, Facebook and RSS feeds (normal or newspaper-like view)
• Comment and like Facebook posts or Reply, Retweet and Favorite Tweets
• View your photos and videos in separate sections
• Share articles on Twitter and Facebook
• Share articles by e-mail
• Send articles to your Instapaper
• Enjoy our advanced feature: the curation of Tweets and Facebook posts
• And there is more to come!
If the app’s description sounds a lot like the popular and acclaimed Flipboard app, that’s because it is covering very similar ground. Or nearly identical ground really.
Flipboard is one of my favorite iPad and I like the whole social news concept as well – so I grabbed myself a copy of NewsMix and have given it a little look today.
As a very quick first impression, I’d say it’s another worthy option if you’re also a fan of social news apps. I don’t like its UI quite as much as Flipboard’s – from a pure looks standpoint or in terms of ease of use. Then again, Flipboard is one of the iPad’s flagship apps, and one that’s known for its superb UI that’s done so well for the iPad – so trailing it by a little is no terrible thing.
I haven’t used the app enough yet to say much more than that. If you’ve had a chance to get to know it well, please share your thoughts on it in the comments.
You can find NewsMix in the App Store now, priced at $2.99.