Fedora – Newsreader
App Review —- ☕☕☕ /☕☕☕☕☕
Works on: Win desktop/ Surface / Windows tablet / Windows phone
I found Fedora Newsreader by accident not long ago. I’m always poking around looking for something to play with. I stopped and checked the app out because … well … I’ve worn a Fedora for years and thought it was a cool name for a news app, let’s try it.
Ever since my favourite news reader went the way of the dodo, I’ve been scouting for a new go-to app. I like Lead Story, and use it for exactly that – top trending stories. I wanted a more substantial app that allowed me to throw my considerable RSS list onto and pull the many news sources into one location. I have a number of apps set up for specific work related focuses and wanted to keep them clutter free, but still need a “one ring to rule them all” kind of news feed as an all purpose bucket dump for everything else.
Problem is, most readers I’ve tried are down right ugly. Fedora was described as minimalist, and that’s pretty much an accurate description. It’s a tiny program, at under 4 mgs, so even on a space deprived smart phone (like mine is at the moment), you can squeeze it in:
Simple interface, easy to figure out and no unnecessary add-ons to slow the app down. Fedora worked on all my devices – Windows phone, Surface tablet (running 8.1RT) and my Win 10 laptop without any issues. It was easy to add RSS feeds and the preloaded choices are extensive.
Fedora allows users to share any article directly from the app. Depending on what you have installed, you can send to email, reading list, messaging, Twitter, Facebook and Flipboard etc with little effort. Nice little feature that’s cropping up more and more with Win10 apps.
According to the app’s store page, Fedora should synch between devices. It did in a half assed fashion. When I initially set the app up on my devices, nothing synched. Nothing I tried worked, so in frustration I gave up. About an hour later, I returned to find everything was synched. And that was the last time I achieved synch happiness. I have never managed to get the read articles to synch, which is a mild irritation. However, the big issue I have is it won’t consistently reflect new changes made to feeds. If I remove or add any, some might show up in a couple of hours, but not all of them. The inconsistency is infuriating so if you use the app, it’s best to ignore this feature and muddle along.
The font is a bit weedy looking and not the best choice for online viewing. It looks nice, but after awhile, it’s a little hard to read if you have any vision issues. It would be nice to have the option to increase the font weight a bit.
Otherwise, a decent app which is light, fast and easy to use. Lots of built-in feeds to pick if you don’t have a lot of RSS hanging about. Worth downloading. Just don’t get your hopes up about synching. If it works, don’t think about it, just enjoy it while you can.