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Should You Use the Feedly iOS App or the Reeder App?

Feedly is a popular RSS Reader with many features. Among these are native iOS and Android apps. However, there are other iOS applications which can sync with Feedly. Although there are multiple options, in this post, I will only cover two: the native Feedly application and the recently-free Reeder app.

Why Reeder? It's Lifehacker's "Best News Reader" application, and it's recently become free, from $2.99. It has a few handy features which make it a viable option. To be clear, Reeder runs on Feedly (but it can support other services as well), so in the end, you're using the same service, no matter which app you choose. Also, Reeder currently doesn't have a web app, so on the computer, you'll probably still be using Feedly. Luckily, Reeder syncs with Feedly, so your read/unread items will appear on both.


First, the interfaces for both are noticeably different.

I find Reeder to be less cluttered and easier to get a quick overview of, but Feedly to provide a smoother experience. Ultimately, this probably will depend on personal preference. Here are screenshots of the readers displaying my "Tech" category:




Reeder also has the option to display the number of unread articles as a badge on the icon.


Next, Feedly can cache articles if you don't close out (close from multitasking tray) the app. However, Reeder manages to keep the article cached even after the app is closed. That means, if you've opened both feed reading apps and allowed them to gather new content, but then your phone restarts or you manually close out both apps from the multitasking tray, and you lose internet connection, when you open Feedly, you won't be able to access any articles, but when you open Reeder, you will be able to do so.

In general, Feedly offers a few more options, such as opening articles in either Safari or Chrome, or opening certain feeds directly in the in-app web browser. However, Reeder has a few sharing options as well, including Readability, Twitter, Pocket, Evernote, and others. From what I've seen, Feedly has the edge in feed options, while Reeder has more sharing options.


Both offer different types of features, and ultimately, both use Feedly to aggregate feeds (however, Reeder supports other services as well), so it's a matter of preference. Both of these apps are free. Which apps do you use?

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