For those accustomed to adding feeds to their Google Reader account as they surf the web, finding the right iPad client is essential. Some focus more on features, some on the reading experience and others combine elements of both. This week we look at our favorite four Google Reader apps for iPad. If we missed your favorite please let us know in the comments.
Feedler RSS Reader for iPad and iPhone is a free zippy Google Reader client with a lot of functionality. The app supports multiple accounts, allows for extensive feed management, and caches feeds for offline reading. The support for notes and comments is especially handy. The Pro version also includes syncing subscriptions, photo caching and much more social media support.
Reeder for iPad
For a simple, clean Google Reader experience Reeder for iPad is a great choice. Feeds are displayed as stacks of unread paper. The reading experience is smooth, marking items read or unread is all done with a single finger swipe and articles can be saved to ReadItLater, Instapaper or Readability for offline access. An iPhone version is sold separately.
Mr. Reader has both style and substance. The interface is intuitive and clean, and background updating makes it very fast. The app allows for a great deal of feed management and has a thumbpad for easy navigation. Like most readers, there is support for offline reading via the likes of Instapaper and social network integration, but Mr. Reader even allows articles to be sent to a Kindle, Mac and more.
River of News - RSS Google Reader
A critical darling, River of News focues on simplicity. The key feature, “infinite scrolling” allows readers to navigate their feeds using simple gestures in a clean interface. The app syncs with Google Reader in real time, has extensive social network integration and just looks good.