Apple’s iPad has revolutionized the mobile computing sector in a number of ways. The iPad and competing imitators have become a fixture from offices, classrooms, colleges to kindergartens, and of course private homes.
One unforeseen consequence of the rapid adoption of tablet computers has been the resurgence of RSS readers and RSS reader application development.
Here are five of the best RSS readers available at the moment for the iOS platform below. And if you are on windows check out this list of popular RSS readers for Windows.
Occupying the first place spot on many a top ten list of favorite applications, MobileRSS is fairly straightforward app that synchs your iPad with your Google Reader account.
It features support for local storage that enables you to peruse the latest news when you can’t get a signal or a WiFi connection. In addition, it allows you to lock your screen in landscape mode for a more pleasurable widescreen reading experience.
As one of Gizmodo’s essential iPad apps, Feeddler is a must-have for power users on the move. Offering the same Google Reader synching many other applications support, Feeddler distinguishes itself with its clean user interface and intuitive simplicity. It also gives users the ability to create and edit notes so you can easily bookmark entries for future reference.
It’s difficult to find a free iOS application nowadays that crams as much functionality into one program as Flipboard manages to do. It pulls in your streams from Google Reader, Twitter, Facebook, and many other social media sites seamlessly and without a lot of fuss. If you need an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink application that can handle RSS feeds as well, Flipboard will be right up your alley.
Yet another nifty application that takes the basic functionality of an RSS reader a few steps further, Byline is available in both free and premium versions. In addition to the requisite Google Reader synch, it’s also capable of Twitter feed integration and works quite nicely with services like Read It Later. Most importantly, it can store up to 1000 stories in your local cache for offline reading.
Rivaling Feeddler in its uncompromising simplicity and ease of use, The Feed is fairly basic by most standards. One thing that stands out right away is its gorgeous UI, as well as its rock-solid stability. It’s free to download, has a great user rating on iTunes, and also integrates with Instapaper and Google Reader. For a stellar RSS experience that doesn’t throw in a lot of unnecessary features, choose The Feed.
Final Thoughts : Which RSS reader best suits your own unique preferences and needs? That depends entirely on you, so you’ll just have to give them all a shot. Fortunately, the majority of RSS readers are free, so there’s no risk involved in giving each a trial run. In any event, a full-featured RSS application can do wonders for your productivity and effectiveness while working on a tablet computer. As screen sizes shrink, the humble RSS reader continues to grow in importance.
Guest Post by Elaine Hirsch, who is kind of a jack-of-all-interests, from education and history to medicine and videogames. This makes it difficult to choose just one life path, so she is currently working as a writer for various education-related sites and writing about all these things instead. She is currently a writer for a master’s degree resource.