OK, I admit it – I’m finally a fan of Reeder for iPad. Just in case you’ve not heard of it, Reeder for iPad is an RSS app, and in this case specifically a Google Reader client, for the iPad.
I’m a huge devourer of news on the iPad – via Flipboard, via a number of good apps – but as much as anything via RSS apps. Up until very recently my favorite on the iPad was River of News. River of News is still a stellar app – and one we listed in our list of Best iPad Apps of 2011.
I have to thank / blame my friend Thomas for my recent discovery of Reeder for iPad. I had tried the app three or four times on the both the iPhone and the iPad and it had never won me over. But Thomas kept haranguing me with its virtues in every conversation we had where RSS and news apps came up. More than anything, he talked about its speed. In fact, he raved about its speed at every opportunity.
I think in the past the subtle, muted UI of Reeder had put me off for some reason. Several days ago, after listening to Thomas sing its praises once again, I decided to give it another go on the iPad. This time round I got used to and started enjoying the understated UI. And I spent enough time with it to really start noticing the speed of the app. It is seriously fast, or more like blazing fast to be truthful. It’s fast at everything it does – refreshing all content when it’s opened, showing an article when its title is tapped on, marking all items as read – just every action I take within the app seems faster than any other RSS app I’ve used.
Its sync with Google Reader is also flawless and effortless and automatic.
My only complaint about the app is that it doesn’t let you set any sort of font size preferences; or if it does I haven’t spotted where.
As you can see in the screenshot at the top of this post, five days into giving Reeder another try it has now found a place on my iPad’s first home screen and I don’t see it moving out anytime soon.
Which RSS and news apps for iPad are your favorites?