Reeder 4 vs Feedly: Which RSS reader is better on the iPhone

Today we have several modes and tools for consuming messages. Browser like Opera, Chrome, and Microsoft Edge offer messaging integration right on their respective home screens. News providers are reaching more readers through social channels, which can be overwhelming at times. If you’re a RSS feed lover, like many of the others on the GT team, there are some worthy RSS feed reader apps out there for the iPhone. Feedly and Shipowner 4, which was launched last year , are two of the best RSS readers for iOS.

Let me be clear Reeder 4 is primarily an RSS reader app while Feedly is primarily an RSS service which also has an app and other features for a better experience. The main goal remains the same for both apps – a clean, interference-free reading experience without information overload.

In this post we will compare Reeder 4 and Feedly. The comparison includes cross-platform availability, user interface, reading experience, features, price and more. Let’s begin.

Cross-platform availability

Reeder is exclusive to Apple platforms. That means you can only use the app on iPhone and Mac. Feedly is accessible on iOS, Android, and the web. Cross-platform availability gives you the same reading experience between platforms.

user interface

The user interface plays an important role in RSS reader apps. After all, you will be spending a lot of time in these apps. A close UI / UX integration into the software makes sense. Let’s start with shipowner 4.

I can describe Reeder 4 with one word – minimal. Almost all of the menus, options, and even buttons are designed to keep the user interface as simple as possible. The animations are fluid compared to Feedly, and when you switch from one post to another it feels like you’re flipping through the physical pages of the book.

I also like the theme options in the app. It’s full of options. You can choose between light, dark, black, light with a dark title bar, and so on.

Feedly feels trapped between the future and the past. It has a nice bottom bar but also uses the hamburger menu that needs to be removed. I like how the app has multiple display options like text, magazines, and maps to customize the home screen.

Feedly UI 2

Feedly ui

Animations are simple and definitely not as intuitive as Reeder 4.

Services and Integration

Reeder has left no stone unturned when it comes to service. You can hook up a number of services like RSS, Instapaper, Pocket, Feedbin, Feedly, FeedHQ, NewsBlur, Inroreader and even self-hosted services like FreshRDD, Reader, Fever and more. Just tap the + symbol and add the account in Reeder 4.

Shipowner account

Feedly offers three main services for integration into the app. You can add Pocket, Instapaper, and Evernote accounts for better integration. With Feedly Pro (more on that later), you can also use OneNote to save articles and your Twitter feed.

Feedly account

Reading experience

Let’s come to the most important topic of conversation. How is the reading experience? And I have to say, Shipowner 4 nailed the execution in this area. Allow me to elaborate on that.

When you open the shipowner app, it syncs the data of the added accounts and shows the unread / new items in advance. You can tap an article and start reading in a clean environment. Tap the down arrow to switch from one post to another.

Shipowner reading 2

Shipowner reading

You may have noticed that some websites use the Read More button to expand the article. In Reeder 4, you can tap Read Mode and bypass the Read More button, and you can read the entire article without leaving the interface. You can also tap the three-dot menu at the top and change the font, size, spacing, title size, and more. Most of you will be fine with the default settings, but it’s always good to see options.

On Feedly, you can swipe left / right to switch between articles. If a post has a Read More button, the built-in Safari browser is used to load the web page. You can use the built-in Read Later service or choose to integrate with the app to save articles.

Feedly reading 2

Feedly reading

Feedly also lets you customize fonts, but the options are limited compared to Reeder 4.


Shipowner is softer here compared to Feedly. It offers some basics, such as the ability to favorite a post for later reading and search options.

Feedly allows you to create different boards to organize the articles you have saved. You can view it as an extended pocket app. Feedly also offers Google keyword notifications, IFTTT integration, the ability to use notes and highlighters, and more. Of course, they’re all part of the Feedly Pro version.

Feedly features 2

Feedly features

Feedly Premium offers Leo, an AI assistant who defines topics, keywords and products that are relevant to you based on your reading habits and the websites you subscribe to. It also helps you avoid deduplication so that you don’t have to read the Apple Crossed $ 2T Market Value from dozens of publications.


The Reeder 4 iOS app is $ 5 and the Mac version is $ 10. It is a one-time purchase. Feedly works as a subscription service. Feedly Pro and Pro + plans are $ 8 and $ 16 per month, respectively.

Enhance your reading experience

Both Reeder 4 and Feedly are excellent RSS reader apps. As the clear winner, I have a couple of observations after using both apps for a week. Reeder was developed to offer the best possible reading experience with smooth animations and the integration of multiple services. Feedly marches with features like boards, Leo assistant, Twitter Integration and more. That said, everything comes with a monthly payment.

Which RSS reader app will you choose and why? Mute the sound in the comments section below.

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