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Treo 650 Mobile RSS Newsreaders

My personal favourite RSS reader is QuickNews for the many reasons that I outlined in my review a few months ago.

However, although many Treonauts have shared that QuickNews is similarly their top choice (particularly for Podcasts) it is nonetheless not the only solution in town – there are actually eight.

Each of these solutions offer unique features and have a slightly different flavour setting each apart.  Some are free while others are not.  They generally fall under four categories:

PalmOS Applications
Quick News: Provides an application custom built for our Treo. ($14.95)

mNews: is another custom built application for our Treo. ($19.95)

Browser Based
Bloglines Mobile: Browser based using the Blazer or Xiino browser.  Also synchronizes with your online Bloglines subscription. (Free)

NewsMob: browser based. works with Desktop, PDA or mobile device. (Free)

Java
LiteFeeds:  A Java mobile RSS reader which requires the separate installation of the free IBM Java VM on your Treo (if you are using KMaps then you already have it installed).  Also synchronizes with your online subscription. (Free)

FreeNews: Another mobile RSS reader which also requires IBM WebSphere Microedition Java runtime to be installed.  ($19.95 per year)

eMail
Newsgator: One of the earliest players in the RSS readers field, the company now offers the most extensive array of services with online, mobile (browser based) and email editions. (Starting at $49.95 per year) 

nextBLAST: Also offers online, mobile (browser based works best with Blazer not Xiino), sends RSS as SMS, MMS or WAP Push as well as e-mail. (Free during beta for basic features + Premium Services from $3.99 to $9.99 per month)

I haven’t yet had a chance to evaluate all of these – the many options and features of each can truly be mind-boggling – but will post a comparative review as soon as I have.

In the meantime, please let me and your fellow Treonauts know about the RSS reader applications or services that you’ve already tried as well as the ones that you’re using regularly to see which ones are coming at the top.

 
RSS Reading Treonauts
1. Do you regularly use an RSS reader?

Yes - Treo Only
Yes - Treo & Desktop
Yes - Desktop Only
No

2. Which of these mobile RSS readers have you tried? (Select all that apply)

Quick News
Bloglines Mobile
LiteFeeds
FreeNews
mNews
Newsgator
NewsMob
nextBLAST

3. Which of these is your preferred mobile RSS reader on your Treo?

QuickNews
Bloglines Mobile
Litefeeds
FreeNews
mNews
Newsgator
NewsMob
nextBLAST

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Posted by Andrew on August 15, 2005 at 03:51 PM

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Comments

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by JJ Quinlivan | Aug 15, 2005 6:23:33 PM

You forgot Sunrise. Sunrise can download RSS and Atom feeds on your PC then hotsync them to your Treo. You need Plucker to view them. It can also do other websites. I use skweezer, sunrise and plucker to get Treonauts!

Thanks

JJ

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by Patri Friedman | Aug 15, 2005 10:10:04 PM

The awesome thing about using bloglines is that you don't have to worry about rereading anything at home vs. on palm, since its a website. If you just use an RSS reader on the treo, how does your RSS reader at home know you've read something?

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by Karl | Aug 16, 2005 2:42:31 PM

There is NOTHING better than Quicknews. It has Podcast support now, so it will AUTOMATICALLY download your podcasts from RSS feed and store it on your SD card. It will AUTOMATICALLY download and store the IMAGES from your RSS feeds. It works in conjunction with your media player, like Pocket Tunes, so you tell Quicknews to play your podcasts in Pocket Tunes and wahla!

You can set it to update at anytime, day or night - so have it update all your feeds in the middle of the night, download your podcasts and you're set!

You can even IMPORT AND EXPORT .opml files TO it and FROM it!

IT ROCKS!

Karl
You have questions, we have answers.
http://www.justsayok.net

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by Levi | Aug 18, 2005 12:07:31 AM

Quicknews would be great except for a few things that make it, for me, unusable. First, if you are on a phone call during a timed update, it cuts the call off. Second, I've had this happen a couple of times where instead of saving feeds to the SD card, it starts saving them to main memory. After a while, these feeds build up and all of a sudden I have no memory. Resetting it worked temporarily, but then stopped. Also, I don't find QN's interface nearly as simple and intuitive as Bloglines.

The problem with Bloglines Mobile is that it doesn't fully implement the features of the Desktop version of Bloglines. In particular the "keep as new" checkbox. I've been clamoring for Bloglines to add this for almost a year but no one wants to even answer the request publicly or privately (I've posted this to their forums but no one responds except for other users who back me up on how important this feature is). Very frustrating.

So I'm always looking for other web-based solutions that replicate a lot of what Bloglines does, but has a mobile version that is more flexible...

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by Ben Gottlieb | Aug 18, 2005 11:01:10 AM

Levi,
Good point about Quick News! We just fixed the phone issue (so that phone calls won't be interrupted by auto-updates). In addition, the new version should also take care of your problems with feeds not being stored properly on the memory card. As for the interface, we'd love to hear your thoughts on that. The new beta will be available on our beta page on 8/19 (www.standalone.com/betas).

Karl, thanks for the kind words!

Thanks for trying Quick News!

Ben

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by johninspace | Aug 21, 2005 4:04:35 PM

Levi,

You should try http://www.litefeeds.com if you are looking for an alternative to Bloglines mobile. The mobile feeds are optimized (cached, compressed, stripped) and synchronize with their Online reader. The service is FREE and open to all future feature requests. No configuration on your mobile, just scroll and click. Optimized feeds mean you save money on data charges.

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by Christopher Glenn | Aug 31, 2005 6:01:46 PM

I am a QuickNews fan. The founder Ben Gottlieb was on the Wireless Walla this week, which the #1 podcast delivered directly to mobile devices (read: Treo's).

If you're a podcasting fan, subscribe to the Walla--there are links at wirelesswalla.org

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by Dan Bastian | Sep 1, 2005 12:08:50 AM

What is the best reader for Treo 650, which we can download through OSX on the Mac?

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by Pascal MARKOWICZ | Sep 2, 2005 8:23:18 AM

Hi,
I am a french parisian treo 650 owner (linked with a IMac), and I just wanted to congratulate you about your blog site: I read it every days since a long time and it is very interesting.
Can you put some more articles about Treo 650 and Mac?
Thanh you in advance,
Sincerely yours
Pascal MARKOWICZ

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by Victor | Oct 14, 2005 10:05:13 PM

I've tried QuickNews and mRSS. I love the interface in QuickNews but I usually subscribe to foreign language feeds and QuickNews (the last beta version) shows all special characters as '?'. The release version 1.1 is even worst! It shows a series of characters instead of special ones making the text practically unreadable.
Tech Support at StandAlone blamed this on the PalmOS support for special characters.
I tried mRSS (formerly known as mNews) next to see if that was true. The funny thing is that mRSS shows special characters just fine.
So I have a question: Is it QN or PalmOS that doesn't support special characters? Have anyone bumped into this? How did he solved it?
If you will use the URL to send a message. I'm a little paranoid about posting my email address.

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by kavu | Aug 8, 2008 4:40:47 AM

can u helpme in develping an rss news reader.

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by ice yarn | Feb 11, 2009 11:52:37 AM

which we can download through OSX on the Mac? thank you very much.good work :)

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