By Request: Can You Suggest an RSS Reader for My Treo?

As a reminder, I’m doing some “by requests” posts for the next week or so. It’s a great time to ask me a question. Submit your question by email at denniskennedyblog @
Our first question: Can you suggest an RSS reader for my Treo?
Since I don’t personally use a Treo, I had to do a little research. My impression from doing some searches is that people stopped commenting about stand-alone mobile RSS readers for Treo or Palm OS sometime in 2005.
That said, Andrw Carton’s post on mobile RSS readers for Treo is a good starting point and he liked QuickNews.
However, I wondered why you would want to use a separate application rather than simply use an online RSS reader. So, I asked my Treo expert Tom Mighell for his insights. Tom noted that you really don’t want to use the standard online newsreaders, because it’s not optimized for the mobile interface, which can cause performance, display and other problems.
The solution, then would be to check out the online newsreader pages optimized for moblile reading. You have a number of choices, including the Google Reader and Bloglines.
Tom also mentioned that reading RSS feeds on a smart phone has its limitations because of screen size and probably makes sense when you have a limited number of key feeds that you want to follow. I’d be tempted to create two online reader accounts and use one just for feeds that you want to access over the Treo or other Palm or mobile device.
I welcome comments from those with other answers and insights.
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  1. Brian Gupta says

    I have been a fan of QuickNews for a number of years, but Resco’s Neeews! is quickly becoming my favorite tool. (I am still using both…).
    I am still trying to adjust to Neews’ interface, because I have ingrained Quicknews’s quirky controls into my muscle memory.
    Neeews is probably one of the only RSS readers that supports: 1) Aggregated feeds 2) Background downloading of feeds and podcasts 3) The ability to make launcher shortcuts that take you directly to your feed agragations. (Which can consist of one feed if you want). It has a much better method for finding feeds, and can parse websites for feeds as well.
    Going forward Neeews is the best. (Everyone is coming out with readers for Palm, so it’s going to be a very crowded market soon).

  2. says

    Hi Dennis -
    FreeRange has begun testing a new reader for Palm OS called FreeRange WebReader. The biggest advantage is that it stores articles off-line so you can read them even when you aren’t connected.
    Anyone interested can down it OTA from the TREO from
    Thanks, Jon M>