The Slate Magazine iPad app is sleek, and professional looking. Everything that we tried on it worked without complaint. There were no crashes, in our tests.
It is certainly the right price; free. If you like Slate, you will like this app. For everyone else, well there's just no real reason to get it. It's well done but not a game changer the way the Popular Mechanics app is supposed to be.
Mind you that is NOT a critique. We need apps like Slate, apps that just work.
Times for iPad
Acrylic's Times app is certainly sleek looking, but at $7.99 it's a little high priced for an RSS feeder. A little too high priced, in our opinion. It certainly is a good start, but it has a few bugs to work out yet.
Times started and a Mac app, and though it will seamlessly bring in content from all of your feeds, as well as Facebook and Twitter, and organize them all in an easy to read newspaper/blog format.
It doesn't sync your Mac version, so you'll probably have to rebuild everything.
I have the same problem with this that I have with all of these pretty feed readers, I usually just want to keep up with my feeds, and the design often eclipses the function, as with Flipboard.
Slate for iPad: free in the app store
Four out of Five Stars
Times for for iPad $7.99 in the app store
Three out of Five Stars