Compared to so some I am fairly new to smartphones, I first got one in February 2010, and that was the Nokia 5800 Express Music. In my efforts to get the best out of that phone I came across the website AllAboutSymbian.com and eventually found out about the N8. From there I discovered Steve Litchfield’s productions, and for a while that was the extent of my news source.
It wasn’t until about May 2011 I came across the app Horus. If you haven’t used or seen Horus before, it is a Symbian RSS reader app. I had used Google Reader before on a PC, and subscribed to a few feeds but never found it a particularly enjoyable experience on the Symbian browser.
So I was interested to see a review of a newly released app called Horus for Symbian. Downloading it from the app store and running it was no easy feet due to fact it was one of the first Symbian apps coded entirely QT and having reset my N8 prior to this I had deleted some runtime files and needed to reinstall them before I could properly enjoy Horus.
Well, once finally working I was surprised to see I didn’t need to import any feeds, as it had some already on there, and I discovered some new websites like My Nokia Blog and Engadget mobile.
Adding new feeds was as easy as searching for a keyword. Suddenly a whole new world of news stories was available to me, and it was with this app that I discovered the N9 and fell in love with it.
I recall reading that Horus was inspired by a Windows Phone app, but I’m not too sure which one. I have tried finding an RSS reader which I enjoy as much for my Lumia 920 and the nearest I have got so far is Dark RSS Reader.
Above, Dark RSS Reader on Windows Phone, Below Horus on Symbian^3.
So here is my tribute to Horus. It changed me as a smartphone user, my interest the Nokia N9 had been realised, and from then on I couldn’t get enough. My interest in all things Nokia and mobile had been awaken, and is yet to show any signs of cooling off.
You can find Horus in the Nokia store HERE. If you own a Symbian handset and want a great RSS reader experience.