Best RSS Reader?

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by TheYankees1903, Sep 10, 2008.

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Best RSS Reader for iPhone 3G?

  1. Manifesto

    4 vote(s)
    9.5%
  2. Newsstand

    11 vote(s)
    26.2%
  3. Feeds

    5 vote(s)
    11.9%
  4. NetNewsWire

    18 vote(s)
    42.9%
  5. SebNews

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  6. Web Feeds

    1 vote(s)
    2.4%
  7. Byline

    3 vote(s)
    7.1%
  8. azRSS NewsReader

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  9. iRSSFeeds

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  10. SimpleRSS

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  11. iRSS

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. TheYankees1903 macrumors regular

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    Just wondering what you guys think is the absolute best RSS Reader for the iPhone 3G is?

    Take the poll above and then please type up what you chose and why if you get the chance...

    Thanks,
    TheYankees1903 :apple:
     
  2. Wolf103FM macrumors regular

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    formerly used NetNewsWire until the last update that made it unusable, and switched to Web Feeds
     
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  4. TheYankees1903 thread starter macrumors regular

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    The Reason I Ask...

    The reason I ask is because I am looking for the best RSS reader and cannot find one place on the web that reviews them all and actually comes up with a "best". I assume others are in my shoes and that it would be good for the community to find the best RSS reader out there...

    iLounge conducted a study that ended in a tie but it did not say which of the two that tied people should get.

    I figured if we have a poll where people can vote for which RSS reader they like best and then give an explanation of why if they get a chance.

    Hope to see some more results and happy RSS Reading,
    TheYankees1903 :apple:
     
  5. diesel macrumors 6502a

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    as per the ilounge review, you can't go wrong with newsstand or manifesto. both are good in their own ways. however i just found manifesto better suited my immediate needs and any gaps as far as comparison with newsstand was concerned, i found the dev of manifesto more willing to listen to his customers to improve the app. so manifesto can only get better in time, for my purposes.

    but can't go wrong with both.
     
  6. TheYankees1903 thread starter macrumors regular

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    But...

    That's exactly my problem though. There is no one who has listed the pros and cons of each and gave an actual recommendation... Can you provide any help here?

    If you don't have both perhaps just list the pros and cons of Manifesto.

    Thank You,
    TheYankees1903 :apple:
     
  7. TreoRenegade macrumors regular

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    Ditto re NetNewsWire. Went back to Google Reader, where I will likely remain. Folders, relative speed (even on original iPhone w/Edge), and overall intelligent handling (tap the header to show more of the text, "mark all read" to get them out of view and out of the way, BUT an easy way to get em back front and center if desired). I eliminated many "app" RSS thingies as soon as I saw they lacked folders.
     
  8. diesel macrumors 6502a

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    i posted my pros/cons in your other thread. i paid for both but ultimately chose to keep manifesto on my iphone.
     
  9. TheYankees1903 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Okay...

    Oh alright checked and for the rest of the community here is what he wrote:

    "I have both newsstand and manifesto. Newsstand was my primary rss feeds reader until recently when i've decided to remove newsstand from my iphone and use manifesto exclusively. I have a few reasons for my decision.

    One is the fact that I didn't like the fact that newsstand capped the number of articles per feed to 50. When I asked the developer if we could have a setting to not cap the max number of articles but provide a setting by which we could specify number of days to have an article before auto removing the article.....this way the number of articles is controlled by how recent the article is, the developer's response was "I'll think about it". Can you imagine if email was capped to some hard number? if you are like me, i'm sure the number of articles is less important than how recent the articles are. Manifesto on the other hand will display all the articles for a feed going back to x days as per your setting. I also asked him to add time stamps to articles like manifesto has, and he questioned me on the "usefulness" of having a timestamp. Can you imagine if you had no notion of when an email was received other than the date? That is just unacceptable, and to be questioned as to why I would ask for it is ridiculous to say the least. I just didn't like the newsstand dev's attitude based on my correspondence with him.

    Second, manifesto allows you to import your google feeds. This is key!!! There are enough reports of users of any application and newsstand is not immune to this, where during updates, data or settings get wiped out. If you have quite a number of feeds, to get them back into the app would be a manual pain in the ass. With manifesto, you just enter your google feeds login info and then select which feeds you want to import (or all) into your iphone. a quick 5 second process to get back up and running in case of data loss.

    Third, after running both apps for sometime on my 3g iphone, i have to say manifesto seems much quicker in pulling down articles when compared to newsstand.

    Fourth, the developer for manifesto will respond very quickly to questions and is very open to new ideas. I have corresponded with him on multiple occassions and he is working hard on closing the gaps where newsstand has advantages, namely, ability to organize feeds into folders. Also, a bug i pointed out was fixed in the most recent release. and another suggestion of mine will be fixed, where i mentioned too much of the title was "scrunched" up due to him using a screen wide column to hold dates in the aggregate view. he agreed and is looking to fix it.

    As for the cover flow view of newsstand, as the previous poster said, it is just a gimmick. unlike him, i thought it was cool for a min or two then realized what a waste it was. when viewing it, and you drill down into an article you only get a partial text of the article, to read the full text you need to put the device in portrait mode. so the cover flow thing is limited in usefulness. in fact, if you read the reviews, enough people will mention cover flow is a waste.

    So if you are like me and want to keep your master feeds on google reader, and use an app to pull in feeds to your reader, if you want time stamps in your articles, if you want to control articles pulled in not by # of articles but by how many days old they are, and if you want a dev open to suggestions and ideas, manifesto is the way to go.

    hope this helped"

    I am glad he contributed and would love to have the rest of the community contribute as well... Please do!

    Thank You,
    TheYankees1903 :apple:
     
  10. TheYankees1903 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Please Vote!

    I would love to see some more results and I am sure a lot of members of the community would love to as well...

    If you have not voted yet please cast your vote!

    Thank you,
    TheYankees1903 :apple:
     
  11. Randman macrumors 65816

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    #11
    How many more threads are you going to create on this? :mad:

    Here's an idea: Try a couple for yourself and use what works best for you.
     
  12. odelay macrumors 6502

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 2_0_2 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/525.18.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.1.1 Mobile/5C1 Safari/525.20)

    The latest update of newsstand allows for setting the mac number of articles per feed at 25, 50, 75 or 100.
     
  13. odelay macrumors 6502

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 2_0_2 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/525.18.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.1.1 Mobile/5C1 Safari/525.20)

    oh yeah, and you can also import google reader feeds. You need to export feeds in google reader settings to an OPML file and then import in newsstand, so it's not as good as syncing properly with reader, but at least your feeds don't have to each be entered manually. I personally really like the coverflow feature, but it would be better with timestamps, link to the full article (without having to switch to portrait), and google reader syncing on startup as an option.
     
  14. NATO macrumors 68000

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    I've used a few RSS apps (Netnewswire, iRSS, Feeds) and I just can't fault Feeds for what it does. I like a simple RSS app and Feeds works perfectly for what I need : namely:

    1. Auto-checks RSS feeds on startup, showing a progress indicator against each feed as it does it
    2. Presents the list of feeds in an attractive way with relevant icons and an unread article number bubble beside each feed
    3. Clicking into a feed presents a list of articles with title clearly shown and preview text beneath, similar to the way Mail works on the iPhone.
    4. It has a button which marks all articles in that feed as read
    5. It ties in with Safari, meaning you can view an article's preview text or click to view the actual page via Safari, but staying within the Feeds app (Very Important!). While browsing the actual page, it operates exactly as if I was browsing it in Safari itself (eg, zoom, scroll, horizontal rotation etc), but I can easily press 'back' to go back to the list of articles.

    Personally, I've stopped looking for other RSS apps for the iPhone because Feeds works so well for me.
     
  15. odinsride macrumors 65816

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    I've been enjoying the iPhone Google Reader. It's very similar to the non-mobile version and it's free + web based.
     
  16. ricgnzlzcr macrumors 6502a

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    I'm shooting another vote for Google Reader. It just works great because I can read the entire article, it loads quickly even on edge, works just as it would on my macbook because it's web based.

    At first I really wanted a dedicated app so that I can have posts saved on my iphone if I'm ever without a signal, but I just can't seem to find anything that beats the features Google provides me. I'll take a look at feeds though
     
  17. TheYankees1903 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Great...

    This is going great lets keep the voting going...

    Thanks,
    TheYankees1903 :apple:
     
  18. TheYankees1903 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Great...

    Great... Let's keep the voting going!

    Thanks,
    TheYankees1903 :apple:
     
  19. yoAlex macrumors member

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    I use ggogle reader and also love it ... but I can't stand reading feeds which require you to jump to safari ... absolute pain in the butt to go back and forth between sites and basically relaunching google reader every time you are done reading an article on safari ... due to this, i'm probably jumping ship shortly.
     
  20. yoAlex macrumors member

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    Agreed - integrated safari is imperative!!

    Does feeds allow for offline viewing? not crucial but that would be awesome!
     
  21. StingerT125 macrumors 6502a

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    I can't vote because I've been using Google reader.

    It has been working alright for me so far. I have it saved as an icon.

    I also have it saved as a page in Safari, so if I go in that, way it seems to keep me logged in and all I need is a refresh to update all the feeds.
     
  22. TheYankees1903 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Let's Keep It Going...

    Let's Keep It Going... Please take the poll above.

    Thanks,
    TheYankees1903 :apple:
     
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  24. MaxPower49 macrumors 6502a

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    which of these allow for downloading feeds automatically for offline reading?
     
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