This post is partly a question posed to our lovely studio audience (*applause sign*), but we’ve also taken the liberty of assembling thoughts on how various members of the JAiB team catch up with news on the iPhone. Apps are named, but the responses mainly focus on how our team prefers to read or interact […]
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How do you read the news on your iPhone?

This post is partly a question posed to our lovely studio audience (*applause sign*), but we’ve also taken the liberty of assembling thoughts on how various members of the JAiB team catch up with news on the iPhone. Apps are named, but the responses mainly focus on how our team prefers to read or interact with news sources on a smaller, limited device: via Google Reader, another news app, Twitter, or surfing through sites one by one in mobile Safari?

We’d love to see your thoughts in the comments as well, so hit the jump and let’s get started.

Thomas
I used to be quite an RSS junkie with Google Reader functioning as the synchronizing mechanism between the Mac and my iPhone. I used the Google Reader web app on my iPhone because I had tried a few other apps (including the newly released Newsprint) and just couldn’t find anything that approached the speed and simplicity of Google’s offering.
However, as of last night I’m trying to offload all of my RSS feeds onto Twitter lists and am going to try this out for a while and see if it works out. As Robert Scoble mentioned on his blog (thanks to @anderson_f for the tip), Twitter apps tend to load up and work a heck of a lot faster than RSS does, so I’ll use Tweetie 2 as my iPhone news aggregator and see how it goes.

Alicia
I mostly use standalone apps + mobile websites (via safari bookmarks) now and not RSS simply because I have yet to find a reader I can use obsessively like I used to with NetNewsWire before they changed it.

I have a mobile bookmarkbar in safari and I go down the list to check out new articles etc. For Apple and iPhone news of course JaiB (via Safari) and the TUAW app.

I only use twitter for specific news for example if the Grammy’s are on, I search by keyword and I’m bound to find a tweet of who won a category and a good link to a website.

Diego
NetNewsWire, but as Shawn Blanc points out feedreaders on the iPhone suck.

Frank
I use Google Reader and MobileRSS on my iPhone. I found MobileRSS works pretty well for me so far. My favorite news app was BNO News because of their quick push notification alerts. I enjoyed setting my alerts based on the category and optional keyword input. Unfortunately, BNO News has been failing me and I don’t really know what happened.The push notifications don’t work as great as [they] did before. My search continues for the holy grail of news apps….

Patrick
The Google Reader web app has always been my go-to app for RSS feeds, which is where I get the vast majority of my news – mostly tech stuff, with only scant awareness of anything else that goes on in the world, except sports of course.  Speaking of which, Sports Tap and Sportacular for sports scores / news.

I check in with Twitter on the iPhone when out and about or in the evenings (daytime I mostly check it via my MBP).
Also check in with Friendfeed via the Buddyfeed app.

I have the same feelings as Frank on BNO News – used to be ace, has gone very quiet lately.
Other more occasional sources include AP Mobile, Time, SI, and NewsFlash.

Brandon S
Depends on the news we’re talking about, but for the most part I split time between Tweetie 2, Google Reader, CNN and Al Jazeera (which is free today by the way).

Josh
I’ve tried just about every single RSS app for the iPhone, and for a while I was very dissatisfied with the offerings, always falling back to the Google Reader web app. Bi-directional feed-syncing, starring, sharing, and sending links to various social networks are the minimum requirements for me.

And secondly, being very focused on design and GUI, the app has to look pretty damn sweet! I finally found Reeder which has satisfied all my needs since it came out (I think Frank actually tipped me off to this app), until recently when I started using Newsprint. I love the interface of Newsprint, has fast syncing of all my feeds, and allows me to share feeds with all the networks I want to. I open Newsprint several times a day to glance through feeds, quickly starring those posts which I’ll want to reed later on my laptop. I haven’t really got into using Twitter as a news source, for me it’s mostly a social communication platform.

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