inessential by Brent Simmons

Reeder and Unread

I asked on Twitter about which iPhone RSS reader I should use.

I got lots of responses. Reeder was most often mentioned; Unread was second-most.

So I set up both with my syncing system (Feedbin) and gave them each a shot.

They’re good apps. As a user there’s a lot to like, and as a developer there’s a lot to admire. I can’t say that one is better than the other, or that one deserves more popularity than the other.

But, in the end, choosing was for me almost a no-brainer: I went with Unread because Reeder’s low-contrast UI (light gray on even-lighter-gray) was too difficult for me to read. Which is totally subjective, of course, and doesn’t actually say much about either app. But that’s my choice.