I have been looking for a good, cross-platform feed reader since google pulled the plug on theirs last year.
I tried The Old Reader, but for months it was down almost as much as it was up. Perhaps this was due to the massive influx of new users following the google reader termination. Maybe it works reliably now. I don’t know.
I then followed the advice of a blogger that I follow, although I do not recall who, and tried feedbin.me. It is a pay service, and the logic was that if it generates revenue directly, those in charge have more motivation to make sure that it works well.
It works. Somewhat. Although I have not tested to verify, it gives all the symptoms of being bandwidth heavy. This is not an issue at home, but it sucks with the phone. Particularly since I use it more from the phone than anywhere else.
I am used to the average website taking 45-90 seconds to load, depending on how graphics-heavy it is. The top page for feedbin takes almost five minutes, sometimes longer. I could still live with this if it only happened once per day or less. But for some unknown reason, I have to reload the page every hour or so, or it won’t toggle the unread/read flag as I open items.
Since I don’t have the need to refresh the page at home, I am guessing that it has more to do with my phone than feedbin, but I need something that works with the equipment that I currently own and use. Especially if I am paying for it. Even if the cost is less than ten cents per day.
There are programs that work well with ubuntu, but have no android version, making sync impossible. If anyone has any suggestions of a reader that works well and has versions that work on and sync between both a Linux PC and an Android phone, please let me know.