Marketplace Spotlight: AP Mobile
AP Mobile is a free news reader offered through the Windows Marketplace for Mobile. AP Mobile separates the feeds into semi-customizable tabbed sections ranging from "Top News" to "Lifestyle" categories.
The tabs are semi-customizable in that you can hide/re-order the main tabs, but the sub-categories can't be modified. So, while you can move the Sports tab to the front of the list, you can't hide the Hockey sub-tab or move College Sports to the front of the line.
When you find a story you'd like to share, it can be sent to your del.icio.us, Facebook, and Twitter pages as well as sending the article link via email. The only thing missing is the ability to send via SMS.
Navigation is straight-forward as are the settings. Simply swipe at the tabs to scroll through them, then tap on the headline to pull up the story. Settings range from setting the download size to entering your Faccebook/Twitter/Del.icio.us usernames and passwords to save time in sharing the stories.
AP Mobile can be set to refresh articles at each application start-up or refresh the stories manually. Load times for the feeds, stories and photos was smooth with no unusual delays. Overall, the application ran smoothly with no hang-ups, lock-ups or bugs experienced.
If you're looking for a simple, customizable news reader, AP Mobile is worth a try. Being a free application, trying it won't set you back anything but the time to install the app on to your Windows Phone.