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iPod Touch and NewsGator Mobile

So the wife bought a iPod Touch a couple of days ago, and I helped her set it up and make it play nice with the Vista laptop she uses.

I tried the interface and it really is very cool.

But it wasn't until last night that it really hit me how good it is.

I was playing around with this and I remembered that NetNewsWire syncs with NewsGator and that they have a online mobile interface. So I though lets try this and see how it goes.

I was able to access without problems, and after checking my password, I was able to login just fine.

The first impression was not good. I got a blank page, without any information on what to do next.

It turns out that you have to enable the list of feeds you want to see on the mobile edition in the main site. I think this is great because I can tailor the feeds I want to read on the mobile site, but a single text message saying "You haven't selected any feeds for this device. Use the main web interface to select the feeds you want to read here" or something to that effect would be most welcome for first time users.

So after a quick trip to the web interface and setting all feeds to show on the mobile interface, I was back and with my unread items nice and tidy.

A second pet-peave: I keep my groups ordered manually on NetNewsWire, but the order of the groups is not synced to NewsGator.

I spend the most part of an hour going through my feeds, reading some entries, and switching between portrait and landscape modes, just enjoying the experience.

All I can say is this: its the best experience I have had with an online portable device.

I won't buy one. Its not the correct iPod for me. If I buy a new iPod it will be the Classic model for sure.

But I'll definitively buy the 3G iPhone when that shows up.

Even with Celso constantly teasing me, I shall resist the temptation, and wait for the 3G version.