A Thoughtful Take On RSS: Unread for iPad

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Unread for iPad

There’s a new RSS app in town, and it’s called Unread. I haven’t had hands-on time with the recently released iPad version, but from the reviews I’ve read thus far, it does sound like a blown-up version of the iPhone app (which isn’t really a bad thing in this case).

I did use the iPhone version of Unread for a while, and my favourite things in the app were:

  • support for any RSS service I could possibly use (FeedWrangler, Feedbin, Feedly, Fever, NewsBlur)
  • a clean spacious layout with generous headlines
  • large swipe areas (no need to swipe from the very left side of the screen)
  • a fun gesture-based UI
  • a built-in web browser that remembers its history across launches (e.g. you can go back to pages you visited within Unread, even if that was a few days ago)

I ultimately stopped using Unread because I found that there were a few too many steps in sharing something to Instapaper and other services, so I prefer to stick with Reeder across my iPhone, iPad, and Mac. However, if you tend to do a lot of your reading within your RSS reader, you’ll want to check out Unread, because it offers one of the best in-app reading experiences around. It’s also one of the few RSS apps I’ve seen that really does try to take a different angle on feed reading, and I’d snap it up for $5 if I wasn’t already very happy with Reeder.


My name is probably Thomas (yes, it is). I'll be able to help you figure out why Evernote isn't syncing, or recommend your favourite new RSS reader to you. That's partly because I am enamoured with the iOS ecosystem and hardware, but mostly because I'm Canadian.

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