JustReader – beautiful & feature rich RSS Reader… better than Google Reader
Apr 18, 2012 12:35 PM –
JustReader is a beautifully ICS-themed Google Reader client. With arguably Google placing its energies away from their own dedicated RSS aggregator and focusing more on their news app; Google Currents, apps like JustReader give Reader users a more polished and up-to-date client. It appears great alongside Ice Cream Sandwich and definitely compliments an ICS themed device. Looks aside, it additionally has plenty of features under the hood to interest advanced users.
Price: Free, $2.99 for ad free version
Tested on: HTC One X
Pros & Cons:
- Looks great!
- Performs well; is responsive and fast!
- Cool widget!
- Detailed syncing options!
- Extensive settings and viewing options!
- Supports multiple accounts!
- Orange basis to the themes might not suit everyone.
- Better than Google Reader, but is a paid for app. You might have to determine if it’s worth paying for based on your own RSS reader requirements.
JustReader is a fully-featured and slick Google Reader client that features a gorgeous Ice Cream Sandwich theme. Next to JustReader, Google Reader looks decidedly basic. Sure it still works but you might argue that Google Currents is where Google’s attention is right now. However, if you’ve always preferred the simplicity of a reader app, and find that Google Reader just doesn’t cut the mustard any more, apps like JustReader are superb.
I think on the surface, very basic users might not appreciate the differences between Google Reader and JustReader aside from looks. However, under the hood there are significant benefits from choosing JustReader. One such area is syncing. With Google Reader you can sync articles for offline reading, but with JustReader these options are far more advanced; including choice over whether audio and video are downloaded, you can decide how many you want downloaded and whether to download just the unread articles or all.
Also featuring tablet support, it’s something that will work and sync across all your Android devices:
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There are also advanced interface options that let you do a variety of things such as change the theme, view in full screen and change the font. There is a tablet layout mode and you can fix rotation. You can also configure the app so that you can use the volume buttons to scroll articles… and and far as settings, this only scratches the surface! Another great thing is that you can backup all these settings and restore if need be.
I think the crunch will come down to how much you personally use an RSS reader. If you are just a casual user, aside from interface there’s probably not much within JustReader to make you want to pay for it. However, if you take your news feeds seriously, JustReader is a significant enhancement on Google Reader and many other similar apps. Of course it has an ad-supported version so with a little testing you’ll know whether it’s right for you.
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JustReader – Article view
JustReader – Article with video
JustReader – Opened view
JustReader – Podcast list
JustReader – Mark all as read
JustReader – Listen via
JustReader – Feed page
JustReader – Lelyak theme
JustReader – Dark Theme
JustReader – Plugins
JustReader – Interface preferences
JustReader – Preferences
A superb and feature rich RSS reader that is perfect for people who consume lots of content through such apps. Because it lets you access text articles, audio and video (and download all for offline use) it’s ideal for keeping up to date with blogs and news on the go. It includes a variety of customisations and options not included in the likes of Google Reader, so it’s certainly an enhancement.
Ease of Use:
JustReader is blissfully straightforward. There are quite a lot of options to tweak if you wish, but it works really well straight from the installation.
I think for heavy users of RSS readers such as JustReader, this is something you would use on a daily basis, if not several times a day. It compiles all your followed items as you would expect so it’s more that suitable for less frequent usage.
The interface is very Ice Cream Sandwich. I’m not sure I’m a fan of the orange themes, but it still looks really slick and it’s easy to navigate.
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