not a fan of pulse so I've been trying taptu.
there's not a whole lot different between the two. For google reader I've been using newsr but I consider the 3 column display a waste of real estate.
So the jury is still out for me.
I have used both and they are extremely similar. Neither seems to pull the full content from the sources (mainly it seems to come from RSS summaries). They both have rows for sources, which you can scroll left and right.
If you want to try a different take on a Social News Reader, check out iHear Network
Not only does it offer full content articles, you can also "play" the articles using the enhanced Text-To-Speech. While iHear does not have the same kind of preview of articles that Taptu and Pulse offer, it has just as many sharing options and also integrates with Pocket, Facebook, and Twitter.
Long time Pulse fanboy switched to Taptu a couple of months ago -- love it.
They are so functionally similar it isn't even funny... however, there are two wins for me:
1. Taptu is not limited to 20 streams per page (I don't want a tech page, comic page, etc)
2. Taptu will let you merge merge streams (instead of one slow moving stream, merge three slow ones into a moderately paced stream).
To be fair, I haven't used Pulse in months -- maybe they have added the two options above.
I've been using Pulse for a while now. Can say over the past couple updates it's been just outstanding. There really hasn't been much use for me to actually go to my source's websites because they can just be read from this app. Easy customizable interface, articles load quickly, some videos are embedded right from the article, and an easy "Open in Browser" button to go to the webpage.
Pulse also has its own website so you can link your account and view them on your computer.