Paper is the latest news-reading app from Facebook. Paper has modified the standard Facebook News Feed and made it into a user friendly horizontal scrolling app. The interface for news reading changes links to small media cards, similar to that of Twitter. To read the whole news story, swipe up and you’ll be taken to the source site. On top of that, Paper is directly connected to your Facebook, so you can continue to use Facebook normally while reading the news. App designer Michael Reckhow said “We felt you shouldn’t have to choose between one of the other”.
Feedly is a news and internet content reading and makes a good replacement for Google Reader. Unlike Paper, Feedly delivers content to your phone or mobile device based on your interests, filtering out anything you would not like to see. Feedly also offers a browser function, so if Feedly does not offer the full text on a topic you can click it and view the original website without closing out of Feedly.
Reviews have stated that sometimes Feedly is too concerned about its image rather than its content, occasionally giving a full page to only one article, rather than a list of five like it normally does. This usually happens when the article is very popular but it is unclear how Feedly rates popularity.
Paper cuts away a lot of clutter normally found on news sites, allowing news stories to appear at full screen. The app has been described as a lean-back experience and indeed it is. Paper has made itself more streamline than Twitter or Facebook by trimming away a lot of the noise. It only focuses on news and your Facebook. Thanks to nine months of testing and development, the app is fluid and fast, perfect for readers.
Feedly has a high focus on visual design. This app has essentially taken the exact opposite route of Paper. It packs as much content as possible into its app, so users can view pretty much anything they want. Once feeds have been setup, Feedly gives you viewing options. You can view all content or dive into a specific feed to narrow down options. Former Google Reader users have complained of it new complicated design but other users enjoy having the extra options.
Many people enjoy Paper so much that it has replaced their standard Facebook app. Paper is an elegant redesign of Facebook itself, allowing users to post statuses and photos. Though the app does not have all the same features of Facebook, many people still enjoy it for its simplicity. The app is currently only available for iPhone (sorry Android users) and many people have also said that the app takes time to get used to, but despite that people continue to use Paper.
Feedly can run on both Apple and Android products. Configurations can be automatically synced between your phone and tablet, making it accessible on both devices. Through Feedly you can also brows Facebook, as well share and view content on Twitter and Google+. You can also read blogs, magazines, news articles, journals, and more easily through Feedly.
Paper gives users a simple, laid back alternative to Facebook News Reader. It allows users to not only read the news but also continue their regular Facebook activities. Some users enjoy the interface of Paper so much that it has replaced their regular Facebook app. Some reviews complain that the app takes time to get used to and it is not available on anything other than iPhone, but either way this app is great for people looking for a simpler way to brows Facebook while also getting their news.
Feedly is available for both Apple and Android products. Like Paper, you can brows news articles and Facebook but it also allows users to brows Twitter, Google+, blogs, journals, and other internet content. Feedly is good app for anyone looking to narrow down their news content because, if desired, it will filter out anything not related to your interests. Complaints about the app are usually about its complexity, though other users enjoy the abundant of tools available. Over all Feedly is best for users who want more options in how they read their news.
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