Since NewsFire is now free, I decided to take another look at it. After only a few minutes I went back to NetNewsWire. Since both are free, I see no compelling reason to switch to NewsFire.
Although NewsFire is attractive and fast, it lacks many of my favorite features of NetNewsWire. Most notably, there’s no way to sync your feeds online, so I can’t synchronize my news reading between my Mac and my iPhone as I now do with NetNewsWire and NewsGator Mobile. Also, as far as I can tell, NewsFire doesn’t have a view that lets you see both the headlines and summaries at the same time, as NetNewsWire does with its combined view.