Available On: Android
Download: Google Play
I’ll be comparing this application to Flipboard as it’s a lot like it.
Pulse is quite an interesting application. I’m not sure if it’s something that I would use often unless I was trying to keep all my news sources in one place. Essentially all Pulse does is lets you enter in your interests and different news sources you like keeping up with and then lists them on the front page of the application for you. You could think of Pulse as an application like Flipboard except it’s a bit more organized but isn’t as creative. The largest difference I noticed is it categorizes all the websites and sources and then lets you swipe through them to find an article or quick news source you were looking for or that just interested you.
One thing that I do like about Pulse is that it has a list of popular news sources that you can add to your front page. On Flipboard it’s pretty randomly placed while Pulse has it all in one nice clean category on the front page of the application. Though Flipboard is more creative and would seem to take up more Data Usage, I actually feel that Pulse takes up more. Especially from the setting options Pulse allows you to customize. They have a complete category dedicated to data usage. Thankfully they do, otherwise this would be an instant uninstall.
Some of the settings you can choose from could be stopping images from downloading, setting up the frequency that you want Pulse to update and maybe even have Pulse do Background updates. I would suggest leaving “Download Images” off otherwise you’re going to have a very, very large bill at the end of the month. Both Flipboard and Pulse have a lot of images; Pulse seems to have more though.
As for its overall performance, it’s pretty good. It’s a very stable application and I thought that it all ran very smoothly. Flipboard seemed a lot faster and more responsive though. The creativity behind Pulse isn’t really there. It’s got a cool design and slick look to it but in the sense of creativity Flipboard wins that category.
If you’re wanting to keep up on a bunch of news stories and article that you know about, Pulse is great for that while Flipboard isn’t. If you’re looking for some creativity or inspiration and even just want to look at some cool photos or new discoveries, Flipboard wins in that department. Both apps are essentially just news applications and really depends on the preferences of the user. I have noticed that Flipboard does have a whole lot more users than Pulse though. So, if you’re looking for a community of users Flipboard is the way to go.
If you just want to keep up with the news that you know about, Pulse is your best choice. I recommend taking a look at this application. Some may like it better than Flipboard while others would rather use Flipboard. Again, it’s all based on your preferences really.