I’ve been trying out some of these over the past few days, mainly QuickNews and mRSS. I know there are some free alternatives out there but they don’t have quite the same set of features as paid ones and things like Sunrise and Avantgo, which have to be synced across, have caused some grief in the past and been a bit unreliable for me.
No, I want an onboard newsreader that uses the online connection available via the treo and doesn’t use up too much data when downloading.
Both work well on my treo but I probably prefer the mRSS app as it’s interface is a bit simpler and less cluttered. I kept getting lost in the Quicknews one and pressing the wrong buttons.
Quicknews probably has the better features as it includes a podcast manager…here’s a summary of its main features
- Support for embedded images
- Enhanced navigation options
- Flexible UI
- Attachment support
- Large feed (> 64k) support
- Podcast support and management
- Automatic updates and podcast downloads
- Customizable shortcuts
- Proxy support
- Advanced search capabilities
- Ability to find new feeds by keyword
- Improved OPML import and support
- Support for external storage cards
- Ability to bulk mail flagged articles
And here’s the same for mRSS
- Read the latest news from numerous sources
- Three modes: titles only, quick preview or full view with images and graphics
- Use great selection of predefined channels for immediate start or import your existing RSS feeds
- Add even more news channels of your own choice directly in mRSS
- Read blogs and forums
- Define a hot keyword to be alerted when your keyword appears in the news
- mRSS will save Treo memory by deleting old news or archiving them to SD card
- Optimized for Treo™ smartphones
Both are actually very good…if you want the more fully featured one go for Quicknew or if simplicity and ease of use for treo’s is your main concern then mRSS may be better.