NetNewsWire 2 for iPhone: not worth waiting for

Last week, I bitched about the delay in getting the Google-synced update to NetNewsWire for the iPhone. Well, NNWiP arrived in the App Store a couple of days ago, and I’m going to bitch again. But this will be the last time; I’m through with NetNewsWire.

Longtime readers of this blog may recall that I’ve had a difficult relationship with NetNewsWire for years. Before getting my iPhone, I’d periodically try it out, wonder what all the fuss1 is about, and go back to Bloglines. But the iPhone changed things, mainly because the iPhonic Bloglines webapp was, initially, godawful. Even after the Bloglines people made improvements, I found NNWiP to be slightly better.

NNWiP 2 has undone the good feelings I had about NNWiP 1. It’s problems are legion:

All this has happened in just 48 hours of use. Overall, the application looks and acts like a very early beta, not like a finished product. I wouldn’t be surprised to find that it was rushed out before it was ready because of the syncing mismatch between NNWiP 1 and the desktop NNW.

In any event, I’m back to Bloglines; I prefer it on the desktop and it’s plenty good enough on the iPhone. And I’m going to try to resist the temptation to try NetNewsWire again, no matter how good others say it is.


  1. NetNewsWire is one of those programs—like MarsEdit, Delicious Library, and VoodooPad—that always get rave reviews within the Mac community.