What To Look For In An RSS Reader For Your iPhone
When I look for an RSS reader app there are a few things I am looking for:
1. Price plays a big part in whether I decide to buy an app. Free is great, but not always the best. However, expensive is not always the best either. My current RSS reader was $.99 and is much better than my $4.99 reader app that I no longer use.
2. Google Reader syncing is something that is a must for me. Google has a service called "Reader" that is an online RSS program. You can add and organize your subscriptions through it. Many apps and desktop programs will sync with Google Reader. It is a must for me because I read RSS feeds on my iMac and my iPad and my iPod Touch. I don't want to see the same headlines labeled new in all three locations. With Google Reader syncing I can read the headlines on one device and have the program mark them as read through Google Reader. Then when I go to a different program or even the same one later in the day I only get new headlines.
If you are not using RSS readers on more than one device then this feature probably does not matter to you and opens up your options of apps to a lot more possibilities.
Editor's Note: Google Reader is being shut down July 1, 2013. This article was originally writte in 2010 and has been placed in our archive.
3. Speed is also important. My current reader on my iPod Touch is really fast. Of course, you either have to buy it to test this feature or depend on the reviews in the app store being truthful.
4. Is it a universal app? Universal means it has an iPhone/iPod version and an iPad version built into one app. You only pay once and get both versions instead of having to pay for a second version if you really like the first one. This is not a must, but it definitely influences my purchases these days.