I have been testing and comparing Google Reader versus Bloglines as my primary reader for some time now. The history goes back a while, but you can start here and then click back through the links to see that I finally switched over to Google Reader from Bloglines.

I never compared the mobile versions of Google Reader & Bloglines. So I figured I do a post right now on that. I am not a heavy mobile RSS reader, I would say I used the mobile RSS readers a few times per week – i.e. when I am out and I am bored (see Streaming the Daily Search Cast Podcast at the Mall.

The Intro Pages:

Bloglines Mobile

What You See on Bloglines Mobile:
– Total Number of Updated Feeds
– Categories or Folders
– Items Updated by Folder & Feed
– Mark All as Read
– Display All Feeds (including unread ones)
– Display Saved (Starred) Feeds
– Search Feeds

What You Don’t See on Bloglines Mobile:
– The Updated Feed Titles

Google Reader Mobile

What You See on Google Reader Mobile:
– The Updated Feed Titles
– Mark All These Items Read

What You Don’t See on Google Reader Mobile:
– Total Number of Updated Feeds
– Items Updated by Folder & Feed
– Categories or Folders
– Mark All Items As Read
– Display All Feeds (including unread ones)
– Display Saved (Starred) Feeds
– Search Feeds

Summary on Intro Pages for Bloglines versus Google Reader Mobile Edition:
Google Reader Mobile does allow you to see “starred” items as well as view the folder/categories (i.e. tags) for items unread by folder or category. But it requires an additional click. It would be nice to set this as a preference. But this is not a huge deal, I can always bookmark the /tags page instead and use that. So you can get to almost all the information Bloglines provides on the first page, but it takes one extra click.

Let’s take a look inside now.

Viewing A Feed Item:

Bloglines Mobile

What You See on Bloglines Mobile:
– The Feed Title
– Contents of Feed
– Link To Original Post
– Date and Time
– Email Content Feature
– Save (Star) Item Feature
– Keep as New Feature
– Unsubscribe from Feed Feature
– Mark Feed As Unread
– Feed Summary

What You Don’t See on Bloglines Mobile:
– View Next Unread Item

Google Reader Mobile

What You See on Google Reader Mobile:
– The Feed Title
– Contents of Feed
– Link To Original Post
– Save (Star) Item Feature
– Keep as New Feature
– View Next Unread Item

What You Don’t See on Google Reader Mobile:
– Date and Time
– Email Content Feature
– Unsubscribe from Feed Feature
– Mark Feed As Unread
– Feed Summary

Summary on Item View Pages for Bloglines versus Google Reader Mobile Edition:
While I like the features on Bloglines, some may be overkill and slow things down. I do not need to see the feed summary when I am viewing an individual item in that feed. The other features are nice to have and I wish Google would add them. I also find a preview of the next unread item in your feeds at the bottom of the item feed view useful and would recommend Bloglines add that to their mobile edition.

Conclusion:
Overall, I find Bloglines Mobile to have more features that I would use while reading my mobile feeds. It is, however, not enough to make me switch back to Bloglines. As I said, I do not use mobile RSS as often as when I am at my office or on my computer at home.

Website Comments

  1. Mike Maddaloni
    Reply

    Excellent comparison! I use the mobile Google Reader on my Treo 680 usually when I am at the airport or somewhere where I am not moving a lot – it’s harder to read blogs than email, at least for me. I wish you could choose the category or name of blogs to read, rather than the next one that came in. I do use the link to mark as unread frequently, then read the posts when I get to my computer. All in all I use it as a time-killer and it works well for that.

    mp/m

  2. dotone
    Reply

    I use the not-so-interactive Netvibes Mobile page, simply does the job, but makes me envy Google Reader users. Out of frustration I sometimes use the built-in Feed reader in SE M600i and it’s beautifull, but then I get mismatched records, I wouldn’t know which item I’ve read and which I haven’t, no syncing. I still envy Reader users.

  3. No Name
    Reply

    i know this post is old but i’m new to bloglines and where is the reader, i don’t see how to download it to my itouch or if this is even possible.

  4. No Name
    Reply

    okay, well there is nothing to download, i typed in the url and logged into my account and everything is working.

    the pictures from this post helped a lot.i wasn’t getting it. thanks.

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