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Feed Readers comparison

Feed Readers comparison

My comparison notes for web-based remotely-hosted Google Reader clones/replacements. Has to be at least 90% similar to Google Reader and not some Pinterest-like or Instapaper-like apps.

Here's a list of almost all Google Reader alternatives. And another one here.

In no particular order, here goes:

CommaFeed http://commafeed.com/

Yoleo http://yoleoreader.com/

  • Clean, Helvetica-ish interface
  • No config/options
  • No list view
  • Can't change folder sort order
  • Can't export feeds
  • Subscription-based $9/year
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/yoleoreader

Feedly Cloud http://cloud.feedly.com/ (not the extension)

  • Clean, minimalistic, very customizable interface
  • Feed item view is cluttered with big heading and social buttons
  • Difficult to organize the folders and feeds
  • Can export feeds
  • Free?
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/feedly

The Old Reader http://theoldreader.com/

  • Clean, Bootstrap-ish interface, sidebar is a little cluttered
  • Loading of feeds and some pages seem slow
  • Can export feeds
  • Free?
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheOldReader

AOL Reader http://reader.aol.com/

  • Clean and polished interface with skyscraper ad on the right
  • Feed item view a little too cramped (not wide enough)
  • Feeds list sidebar is also cramped (hard to read some of the feed subscription names)
  • Can't export feeds
  • Free with ads?

NewsBlur http://www.newsblur.com/

  • Slightly cluttered Windows-like interface
  • Free account contains only 64 sites/feeds
  • Can export feeds
  • Open-sourced. Free or premium account $24/year
  • Twitter: http://twitter.com/newsblur

Bulletin.io https://www.bulletin.io

  • Rather clean but not-so-minimalistic interface
  • Tells you which one of your feeds breaks during the import process
  • Feed reading (going to next feed) feels very fast somehow
  • List view is a two-liner instead of one-liner, so it uses more vertical space
  • Can't change folder sort order
  • 10-day free trial or subscription-based ($2/month or $16/year)
  • Can export feeds
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/getbulletin

Go Read http://www.goread.io/

  • Very minimalistic, Bootstrap-ish interface
  • Going to next feed item doesn't scroll down to it, in List view
  • Can't change folder sort order
  • Can export feeds
  • Open-sourced, free?
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/mjibson

Red Tree Reader http://www.redtreereader.com/

  • Minimalistic, Bootstrap-ish interface
  • Fonts are a little small, but still okay
  • Can't read a folder of feeds
  • Can't change folder sort order
  • Some feeds are not parsed correctly
  • Keyboard shortcuts j/k don't work in List view
  • No config/options
  • Free?

Yanobs Reader http://yanobs.com/reader/

  • Minimalistic, desktop-app-like interface
  • Expanded view, no List view
  • Can't change folder sort order
  • j/k keyboard shortcuts don't go next/prev feed
  • Can export feeds
  • Free trial or subscription-based $5/month

Ino Reader https://www.inoreader.com/

  • Minimalistic interface. Change to its 'Minimalistic' theme makes it even more minimalistic.
  • Can't change folder sort order
  • Going to next feed item doesn't scroll down to it, in List view
  • Some pages/interface seem to load quite slow
  • Can export feeds
  • Free?
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/InoReader

BazQux https://bazqux.com/

  • Minimalistic and very compact interface, even has 'Ultra-compact' List view
  • Can't change folder sort order
  • Can export feeds
  • 30-day free trial or subscription-based minimum 9$/year
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/BazQuxReader

Feedreader Online http://feedreader.com/online/

  • Simple, trendy flat-design interface
  • Clicking on folder always expands it, collapse the others, accordion-style
  • A bit hard to read the feed source when skimming through the feed stories
  • Can't change folder sort order
  • Can export feeds
  • j/k keyboard shortcuts don't go next/prev feed
  • Free?

EldonReader http://reader.eldonlabs.com/

  • Minimalistic interface
  • Expanded view, no List view
  • A bit hard to know the feed source when skimming through the feed stories
  • Can't import OPML
  • Can't export feeds
  • j/k keyboard shortcuts don't go next/prev feed
  • Free?
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/eldonreader

Digg Reader http://digg.com/reader/

  • Very clean and simple interface
  • Feed item view too narrow
  • Have weird red dots beside feed item that shows the 'Story Score'
  • Free?
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/digg

FlowReader http://flowreader.com/

  • Clean, simple interface
  • j/k keyboard shortcuts don't go next/prev feed
  • No unread count in the feed folders list
  • Expanded Feed item view seems partially collapsed, have to click 'Read more' on lower right to fully expand it
  • The links on feeds list actually goes to the external feed link
  • Can't import OPML
  • Can't export feeds
  • Free?
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/Flow_Reader

I'll be adding more notes as I try other feed readers. Currently, the winner for me is Digg Reader. In the meantime, I'll keep an eye on these:

  • CommaFeed
  • Yoleo
  • The Old Reader
  • AOL Reader
  • Feedly Cloud (former winner)
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commented Jun 29, 2013

What about services with good native client support?

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commented Jul 3, 2013

@skyzyx I don't really use native clients for feed reading :)

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commented Aug 3, 2013

Could you also review and add http://silverreader.com to your list ? Thanks

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