Since I wrote my first blogpost about Google Reader alternatives, I have successfully steered away from Google Reader and have been using the Old Reader more and more, but I am always willing to see what else is out there. I'm not after anything fancy in an RSS reader - I guess that's why I'm not too jazzed about Feedly. At the same time, it would be easy for me to move on to a better product if it offered something else I could use.
First, let's take a brief peek at what I said is my current favourite RSS reader substitute for Google Reader:
The Old Reader - the current favourite
|The Old Reader - plays much like Google.|
Some points on the Old Reader...
- Simple and clean "just-the-facts-ma'am" aesthetic.
- No mobile version (but they are working on one).
- It has a "social" feature: It wants you to sign up with Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus or a Google Account.
- Encourages you to find your friends so you can share content with them.
- Requires you to import an OPML file, which you can get from Google's Takeout service, or you can import your subscriptions manually, one by one.
- You cannot subdivide your feeds into folders according to category - this is okay if you only have 20 feeds. But, any more and it might get messy. I like to have a little control over my feeds' organization.
In my original review, I gave the Old Reader 4 stars.
The Back-story: When I first read on MetaFilter about CommaFeed, I instantly had to look this website up. People were saying it was definitely the Google Reader substitute, and I trust the opinions of MetaFilter users (why not, being a MeFite myself...).
Hmm. What can I say about CommaFeed... except, "Hello, Old Reader! Ah, I-I mean CommaFeed!"
|Not much to say...|
The Bad: Well, not really a bad...but we have seen this before...Like Old Reader, you cannot subdivide your feeds into folders. It just cannot do this. Also, there is no mobile version. The creators of CommaFeed are asking for users to donate scratch to their cause, so they may be working on a mobile version.
Conclusion: Take it or leave it. CommaFeed isn't bad at all. It's just like the Old Reader! Which is somewhat similar to Google Reader! It's the Pepsi to the Coke of Google Reader substitutes! And because of that, I give it 3 stars.
The Back-Story: I found out about InoReader from a fellow MeFite in the CommaFeed post on MetaFilter. They said that they had tried different RSS Readers, including the ones I had reviewed. They found InoReader, and that is all they have been using since. That's where the story ends (or begins?).
|InoReader. Just try, will ya?|
The Good: Looks, operates, tastes like Old Reader / CommaFeed / Google Reader clone...yes, definitely. BUT, you can subdivide your feeds into folders!! InoReader, where have you been all my life!
The Bad: No mobile version. And if you try to use InoReader through the browser on your smart phone it sucks. Really, that is a downside with any of these "simple" RSS readers - no mobile app. On the plus side, InoReader does offer a Chrome Browser add-on you can use on your computer. I've also managed to use InoReader on my Android tablet (through the Chrome browser in desktop mode).
Conclusion: All things considered, InoReader does everything I want in a RSS Reader. It's simple, not too many bells and whistles, and gives me the option to put feeds into folders (yay!). Why wouldn't I dump out of the Old Reader? InoReader gets 4.5 Stars! (until something better comes along...)
What RSS Reader have you been using? Have you found anything you like?