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Review: Feeds 22

by Robert Werlinger Wed, 20 Jan 2010 10:43 am EST



RSS readers are already a dime a dozen in the Catalog, and it's only the beginning - Palm opened the flood gates at CES 2010, allowing any and all developers to submit their wares on Palm's virtual shelves. Feeds ($4.99) by Delicious Morsel of Twee fame is a fully featured RSS reader that integrates into your Google Reader account. Feeds offers functionality that others don't such as the ability to download articles for reading when you're without connectivity, but do these features justify the rather steep asking price?


Most of the RSS readers currently available to webOS are essentially native versions of Google Reader - they mirror the layout and functionality almost to the T. In this regard, Feeds is no different from the other offerings.

Navigating the program is what you would expect from a program of this caliber, and those familiar with Twee should expect the same attention to detail from Delicious Morsel when it comes to the user interface - moving between articles can be done using the side swipe gesture or dedicated on screen UI element, starring and sharing articles is done by tapping the floating buttons that appear when you're reading an article, and the overall layout is clean and intuitive.

The program is solid to the point that any other complaints are really nitpicks. I found that the fonts used in the article list in any specific feed to be a little overbearing, and that the visual quality of some of the UI elements, such as the previously mentioned floating "star" and "share" buttons could use some improving. There was some occasional laggyness experienced when scrolling, and I discovered a rather alarming "feature" that allows you to delete a feed from the program (which also deletes the feed from your Reader account) without so much as a confirmation. Once done, there's no way to reverse this from the program itself - you have to visit the Google Reader webpage and re-add the deleted feed to your subscriptions

Wrapping up

There's no question that Feeds is a solid RSS reader and that it's certainly one of the best in its class, but justifying that $5 asking price depends on your usage needs; If you frequently find yourself without data connectivity on your commute (subway rider or frequent flyer, for example), then Feeds and it's ability to cache the truncated (the portion of an article before the "break") version of the articles in the feeds you subscribe to is invaluable. Sure, Feeds offers the choice of different themes, robust notifications, poll interval settings and the like, but I honestly found those options superfluous in my every day use - I don't really need to know when each and every one of my feeds is updated, and I rarely find myself without data connectivity. All I need in a RSS Reader is something lightweight like Pivotal Lab's Scoop ($0.99) that I can hop into whenever I have a free moment or two.