Instacast: A Quick Review 

A good number of folks have been pimping Instacast lately, as a replacement to iOS' built-in podcast management.

Why would you need to replace iOS' built-in podcast management? There's only one reason, really: if I want to get new podcasts on my device, I have to physically sync it (or go through a ridiculous process of finding that podcast in the iTunes store and downloading it or syncing it). That's annoying.

So, what does Instacaster having going for it?

That last bullet is pretty much the big one. You can refresh your list of podcasts (on 3G or wifi) and pull down any new episodes, reasonably quickly. So, if you're away from your computer and need something new to listen to, there's always something available, and it's easier than the iTunes phone interface.

What's not so hot?

The app is $2, so regardless of the limitations, it's worth it to me to have the convenience, but if you're on the fence, wait until you see iOS 5. It wouldn't shock me to see the podcast interface overhauled, rendering the app obsolete.