Mobile devices have seen usage as news readers for a long time. Originally, services like Plucker or AvantGo downloaded content on the desktop and pushed it out onto the mobile device. As data prices fell(and RSS/Atom became popular), the first news readers for smartphones popped up. Resco Neeews for Palm OS is among the best readers available for mobile devices…can the S60 version stack up?
After starting up for the first time, Neeews asks you if you wish to place your data in RAM or onto an external memory card. I usually choose the external card; as that reduces Neeews RAM consumption to approximately zero:
Once fully up and running, the product presents you with a list of feeds that are filtered according to your interests:
Adding your own feed is possible, too:
Selected feeds are added to the main Subscribed tab. Alternatively, you can create tabs of your own containing only a few of the many selected feeds:
The color icon next to the feed’s name shows if it contains new articles:
Feeds can be ‘extended’ to show individual articles:
Articles can be displayed with embedded images. Clicking the Read full story link opens your phone’s web browser and takes you to the news source’s web site – the full article can be read there:
The program’s feed rendering is very flexible – you can turn off your theme’s background, choose font size and enable/disable images:
If multiple web browsers are installed onto your device, you can even choose which one Neeews will use:
Interesting articles can be bookmarked – links to them then appear in a separate tab:
Articles can be updated manually or automatically. Manual updates halt the application; images always are downloaded when an article is first opened:
This review looked at version 1.23.01 of Resco Neeews on a Nokia N71. The program needs approximately 500k of memory space on your memory card; articles can eat up a few extra MB’s. Having 10MB free on your memory card definitely puts you on the safe side…
Overall, Neeews is an excellent newsreader for your Series 60 phone. If you wish to access news on the go and have a data plan, Resco Neeews is a must-have. The price of just 11.95$ makes this a complete steal…get it while the price is low!