News In Your Pocket: 6 RSS Reader Apps

Weekly Smartphone App Roundup

Every morning I have a routine: put on the coffee pot, pour some cereal and check my RSS feed. Creating my RSS feed list was like editing the Sunday paper of sections I didn't want and selecting news that's relevant to me. Articles in my feed are all fast loading text, without intrusive ads or slow loading graphics. Here are six apps to deliver the news faster than any paperboy could.
iOS

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Left: Zite: Personalized Magazine - Right: Feeddler RSS Reader

Zite: Personalized Magazine
The new mobile version of the juggernaut iPad app brings the same experience to smaller screens. Best described as a digital magazine catered to your tastes, all you have to do is select topics you're interested in, and Zite will find the most relevant posts. Thumb up or down posts from the start and your feed improves matching content to your preferences. We love how it helps us discover new content, find new sources, and the beautifully designed interface. Free

Feeddler RSS Reader
One of the problems with RSS reader apps is the disconnect between Google Reader and the app itself. Feeddlers solution is the ability to add or remove feeds from your subscription list even when your offline. All your feeds can be cached for offline reading so those subway rides out of wireless range are no longer a deterrent. Featuring Facebook sharing, in-app e-mailing, pinch to change font size, and multiple Google Reader accounts (and that's just the free version). Free

Android

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Left: Google Reader - Right: NewsRob

Google Reader
Googles own app on their own Android platform is a solid choice with existing tight-knit interaction with your own Google account. Admittedly there's not a lot of flash, but what it lacks in visual charm is made up in functionality. Swiping between articles is reminiscent of turning the pages of a newspaper and suddenly you start forgetting that you're reading on your phone. All the features you've come to expect from a good RSS reader are here such as sharing articles with friends and automatic syncing. Free

NewsRob
In terms of speed, NewsRob is one of if not the fastest readers for Android. It works in the background with automatic syncing and has a generous offline cache for posts when those reading sessions spread far apart from each other or users just subscribe to a long list of blogs. Another department Newsrob stands out in is the interface, an uncluttered affair (the way we like it) and is notably very easy to begin using right upon 1st launch. Free

Windows Phone 7

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Left: NextGen Reader - Right: Wonder Reader

NextGen Reader
A recent update welcomes a new live tile system for NextGen Reader, offering users notification about unread articles, integrating with Windows Phones amazing tile interface. Favorite feeds or folders based on subject can be pinned to the home screen. NextGen uses your Google account, is entirely manageable within this app and has full offline support. $2

Wonder Reader
Backed by such tech resources such as Gizmodo, Wired, Lifehacker, Maximum PC to name a few, Wonder Reader is fast and has an unread cache of up to 1000 posts. For webcomic subscribers the new image rollover feature makes flipping through images a breeze. A fantastic feature Wonder Reader possesses is data compression that can speed up load times and save on bandwidth at the same time. On top of all that, this app is drop dead gorgeous. $2

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