I've switched to Feedly. With Taptu, it's too difficult to add a new RSS. It drove me nuts. So, I looked at Feedly again and either they've updated or I just couldn't figure it out before, but you can now read your RSS feeds in the cloud, without having to install the Feedly extension/app in Chrome. That was really the only reason holding me back from using it. Plus, it's so easy to add a new RSS feed, and it's a pleasure to organize my feeds into categories. So, sorry Taptu, but I'm back to Feedly.
So we've known for a while now that Google Reader is closing up shop the summer. I've taken this time to test out several other RSS readers. I think I've finally settled on Taptu. But I tried Feedly and Currents first.
Here are my requirements:
- I want to access my RSS Feeds (blog subscriptions) on any of my laptops.
- I want to access them on my phone.
- I want a cool widget on my phone
- I want to access them on my tablet.
So...in other words, I'd like to access them anytime I'm online. This turned out to be a pretty steep order. And it knocked out several nice applications right away. I like Google Currents, but I can only access that on my phone. Flipboard is beautiful, but I can't access that on my laptop.
The reason I want to use the same app is so that they sync. If I've already read that article on the newfangled gadget review on my phone, then I don't want to open up my laptop and see it again right there front & center.
Feedly was the next reader app, since it got a lot of buzz after the Google Reader announcement. I tried it and stayed with it a while. It met all of the aforementioned requirements. But I don't like having to download a browser app. I don't like those. They feel like browser extensions and too many of those can slow down your browser. I'm just finicky that way, I guess. I just want to go to a website and see my stuff, like I can with Google Reader. I use several different laptops and I just want to go the URL, not have to install an app.
So, then I found Taptu. Bingo! There's a bit of a learning curve, because it's laid out differently than other RSS readers. But after fiddling with it, I got it all set up. The web version is gorgeous (no app installation needed), the phone version is beautiful, and the widget is darn nifty. Screen shots below.
|What it looks like to share. There are 2 more|
pages of choices to scroll through.
|The Widget - you can flip through the stack of headlines|
|What it looks like to read an article.|
|The home page of the app|
The layout of the web version is just as lovely and totally customizable! Yes, it will import your Google Reader RSS feeds!
Feedly does much of the same things. I just personally liked the way the Taptu widget functions better than the Feedly widget, although they were both equally appealing visually Also, as I mentioned, I have a thing about browser apps.
Overall I chose Taptu, but either should function fine for your needs. You might want to go ahead and import your feeds somewhere soon before Google Reader rides off into the sunset!