RSS is for Nerds
About the App: Newsy has gotten a lot of App Store love and has consistently been one of the most popular free news apps for iPad. It's primarily video news, and it's all produced custom for the app by a multi-talented little business in Missouri called Media Convergence Group. The daily videos have anchors offering "news analysis" for the day's headlines, which you can browse through by category. The visual design is reminiscent of mutant offspring of Facebook and the Onion News Network. It's free, which means there are ads.
About You: This is an app for people that care nothing for the tunability of Tatptu or the cleverness of Zite, and instead simply wish there were bunny-ear antennae on their iPad that pulled in actual TV news. Indeed, Newsy is about as close as you'll get to a true television-news experience, and we laud that, because it's novel and comfortable. That said, you really need a WiFi connection to enjoy high-quality videos, so Newsy lovers will need to stay put to get their news fix.