Pulse News Reader vs Taptu: A Competitive Comparison
May 12, 2011 12:10 PM –
Pulse News Reader vs Taptu: A Competitive Comparison. Both Taptu and Pulse News Reader are excellent news reading applications, but which is the best? In this article I will be examining this interesting question and evaluating the two applications by these points: Visual Appeal, Article View, Feed Limit, Widgets, and Application Options.
Both Taptu and Pulse News Reader are extremely feature rich. They allow you to take your news feeds or streams and place them all in one location for easy viewing. Both applications come prepackaged with a large variety of news feeds to choose from and are easy to set up and initially use.
For those who do not know what these applications do, both Taptu and Pulse News Reader allow you to view all of your news feeds in a tile format. The application takes all of your news and makes tiles for each article based on it’s headlines. Those tiles are then displayed on a main page with captions of the articles contents along with the articles primary image as the background for the tile (See the images below for examples of the interface).
Both Pulse News Reader and Taptu have an easy to use interface and are extremely visually appealing. Pulse News Reader is extremely colorful and appealing to the eye. In Pulse News Reader you are able to view 3 articles per row and 3 and 1/4 rows on the main screen for your news feeds on the Galaxy Tablet. The fonts are a mix of white and blue and the snapshots for each article are quite large and easy to see.
The interface for Taptu is not as colorful as the interface for Pulse News Reader. Instead the interface is displaced in black and white with the color of the page coming from the articles snapshot images instead of from the application itself. In order to add a little bit to the application the developer also added a tiny Taptu symbol at the bottom of each article. The news feed page for Taptu allows the user to view 3 and 1/2 rows of news streams and 4 articles per row. Since Taptu uses smaller news cards, and less alternating colors for fonts, the interface appears less cluttered and distracting. This allows for a better reading experience and gives the user the ability to view all of his news headlines without having his vision distracted by other feeds.
Pulse News Reader has a more visually stimulating interface, but due to the stimulation the eye becomes distracted and inhibits the reading experience. Taptu provides better spacing between news feeds and more room to show articles on the main page, allowing for a better news viewing experience.
Pulse News Reader & Taptu Screenshots
Pulse News Reader Main Application
Taptu Main Screen 1
Taptu Article View
Pulse News Reader Article View
Pulse News Reader Options
Taptu and Pulse News Reader Widget Comparison
Pulse and Taptu have very similar pages for article viewing. Pulse News Reader zooms in to an article when you click on it’s headline and shows the other articles in that news feed at the bottom of the page. This allows you to go easily from one article to another within the same feed. The downside to this option is that it also takes up some of your viewing space for the article and makes the interface appear more cluttered.
Taptu opens up the article once you click on it’s tile on the main page and displays it full screen. Instead of having more articles at the bottom to navigate through and take up valuable screen real estate, Taptu goes with a minimalistic clean approach which allows for easy viewing.
The major disadvantage that Taptu has in this category is that Pulse News Reader allows you to hide articles that you have already read from your reading list. This reduces some of your on-screen clutter and ensures that you will not accidentally pull up an article you have already read.
Winner: Pulse News Reader
Another major difference in features between Pulse News Reader and Taptu is their respective feed limits. Many news reader applications have a limit to the maximum number of news feeds they support. While testing both Pulse and Taptu for the writing of this article I noticed that there is a huge difference between the two applications in the maximum numbers of feeds that the application could support.
Pulse News Reader has the unique ability to add pages to your news reading list. This allows you to spread your news feeds out so that the interface does not become cluttered or hard to manage, but also gives you easy access to the articles you want to view on a given page. Pulse allows for 5 pages of news feeds with 12 news feeds to a page. This makes the maximum feed limit for Pulse News Reader only 60 news feeds.
Taptu does not support multiple pages of feeds. This means that all of your news feeds, or “news streams”,” are presented on the same main page for viewing. This does make it more difficult to sort through your news articles. With Pulse News Reader I was able to sort my Social Feeds from my Android Feeds, and my Comedy Feeds from my Politics Feeds. Despite this fact Taptu allows you to have at least 100 feeds displayed. The feed limit may in fact be higher than 100, but only 100 feeds can be imported in to the application through Google Reader.
Pulse News reader has two widgets for Android Devices. The large widget for Pulse gives a 3 article view of a specific feed in a 2×4 widget. The widget displays the 3 most recent articles and allows you to click on each one in order to receive a brief caption of the contents of the article. The smaller widget for Pulse is 1×4 and only displays the image with a very small caption for each of the top 3 articles in the feed.
The Taptu widget has a cleaner look than that of the Pulse widget. Taptu shows the information for the most recent news article in a feed in a 1×4 widget. The widget displays the headline of the article, the main image as well as a paragraph long description of the article. However, the widget for Taptu only displays the most recent article and does not automatically cycle through the most recent articles in a feed. It also has only one option for widget size and style while Pulse has two.
Winner: Pulse News Reader
Pulse News reader allows the user to change font size, application theme, and card size. Pulse News Reader also allows you to turn on notification panel updates in order to see when new articles arrive in your reading list. This allows you to keep up to date with your news feeds without having to constantly be opening up the application to check for new feeds.
Taptu also allows the user to change font size, application theme, and card size. It does not allow for notification panel updates, so you will need to open up the application to see recent articles or check on your widgets. Taptu does have two other advanced options that Pulse News Reader does not.
Taptu allows you to merge feeds together to create your own news syndicates. This features allows you to take any news feeds you desire and combine them to form one news stream for your main news reader. This allows you to lump similar feeds together and cut down on the clutter on the main screen of your feed reader.
Taptu also allows you to backup all of your news streams to the SD Card. This allows you to restore all of your favorite news feeds in the case of a hard reset. It also prevents you from having to manually add each feed over again when you upgrade to a new device since SD Cards are portable from device to device.
Summary: Though both applications are excellent news readers Taptu allows for more customization and provides an easier reading experience. Taptu also provides extra peace of mind with the ability to back up your news streams and allows users to fully customize their news reading experience with the ability to merge feeds. For now Taptu is the news reader to beat.
For Individual Reviews of these Applications Please Visit Pulse News Reader & Taptu