Best RSS Readers iOS

Best iOS/iPhone Reader Apps:

  1. Bloglovin
  2. Content Studio
  3. Feedbin
  4. Feeder
  5. Feedly
  6. Flipboard
  7. Inoreader
  8. The Old Reader
  9. NewsBlur

Bloglovin

Website: Bloglovin

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Pros

  • UI is clean, has an instagram feel to it
  • Great for discovery new blogs and topics
  • Powerful search functionality - simple enter a search term or browse by tags
  • Create collections to organise posts and read later
  • Can follow tags, specific people or individual blogs
  • Can import blogs
  • Choose feeds post order - newest or oldest first
  • Suggestions offered based on blogs you're already following
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Cons

  • No option to export blogs list
  • Cannot add new rss feed
  • The frame for reading articles is clunky and hides 1/3 of the screen
  • Frame constantly shows popups about accepting privacy, even when you've clicked to accept it already. It's stuffed with links to other articles, which is very distracting when trying to read

Content Studio

Website: Content Studio

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Pros

  • 14 free trial with no credit card required
  • Great onboarding, with video tutorial as soon as you login
  • Easy content discovery - discover content by searching a keyword or browsing through existing categories
  • Filter articles by number of shared, recency, language or country
  • Thorough and well written help docs to help you learn how to use the platform and answer any questions you have
  • Customise layout with grid or list view
  • Import feeds with OPML file
  • Add custom feeds - these feeds can be organised into collections
  • Beautiful, modern UI which is really easy to navigate
  • Integrates with Pocket so you can save articles to read later
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Cons

  • Some of the UI is missing data, for example twitter profiles images sometimes don't load
  • All the additional features are distractions if you're only looking for an RSS reader
  • Not many news sources for each topic. For example, the programming topic seemed to focus on bigger publications. There weren't many articles from personal tech blogs.
  • The full-text reader needs more development and refinement. It currents opens as a side drawer, and the layout and text of the article makes it difficult to read.

Feedbin

Website: Feedbin

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Pros

  • Clean, uncluttered UI
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Cons

  • No free plan available. Paid plans start at $5 per month, although they do offer a 14 day trial

Feeder

Website: Feeder

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Pros

  • Full text reader
  • Easy content discovery - browse by category
  • Additional features available on free tier include custom email to subscribe to newsletters, share feeds with your team, integrate with twitter to add twitter feeds
  • Add custom feeds
  • Filters such as read, unread,
  • Can sort feed by oldest / newest
  • Enable automatic updates (upgraded feature)
  • Customise view with themes and layouts
  • Create collections and folders to better organise
  • Can create RSS feeds from collections and folders
  • Granular control of notifications for each feed eg sound, desktop / iOS and android push notifications (email notifications are available on upgraded plan)
  • Import / export of feeds
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Cons

  • Ads displayed on free tier
  • Only 100 feeds a month can be followed on free plan

Feedly

Website: Feedly

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Pros

  • Can share feeds
  • Multiple layouts to choose from - for example choose from title only (shows title, popularity of article, how long ago it was published), magazine view (additionally includes thumbnail image) cards view (grid, includes author) or article view ( full text reading mode)
  • Can follow feeds based on interest
  • Subscribe to YouTube channels
  • Mark articles as read
  • Full text supported
  • Bookmark articles to read later
  • Create boards to organise articles by topic, project and more
  • Organise feeds using custom categories
  • Toggle between dark mode and light mode
  • Suggestions about new feeds to follow based on current feeds
  • Easy import of feeds
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Cons

  • Must upgrade for many of the more advanced features eg Feedly email addresses to sign up to newsletters, following twitter feeds, reddit feeds, google news feeds

Flipboard

Website: Flipboard

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Pros

  • UI is very polished, feels like reading a magazine
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Cons

  • Easily discover articles, based on topics

Inoreader

Website: Inoreader

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Pros

  • Easily switch between day or night mode
  • Can create powerful automation rules - for example, send an email or push notification when events happen such as a new article being published
  • Import and export using OPML
  • Really easy to discover new content by topic and subscribe to feeds
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Cons

  • No option to create custom categories to organise your feeds

The Old Reader

Website: The Old Reader

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Pros

  • Import and export via OPML
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Cons

  • Can only follow 100 sites on free plan

NewsBlur

Website: NewsBlur

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Pros

  • Range of keyboard shortcuts for faster navigation
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Cons

  • It's not possible to keep unread articles for longer than 14 days unless you upgrade