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To die-hard news junkies, word that Google Reader would be put down like a sick animal came as quite a shock. Developers instead saw this as an opportunity to fill that gaping hole with something fresh – a challenge the new owners of Digg quickly attacked with their own shovels. The result is Digg Reader. It's not a separate product, but rather a feature bolted onto the existing web service and now added to the free, universal iOS app. For existing Digg users, the app offers the best of both worlds: All the Top Stories they know and love, plus favorite RSS feeds rescued from Google Reader.
That is, assuming they signed up before July 1st: Google Reader is gone, so users who failed to import feeds into Digg are out of luck, at least for now. The somewhat clunky process couldn’t be done from the mobile app prior to the closure – it required a trip to a desktop web browser anyway, but Digg promises that additional import and export options will come eventually.
Built in only 90 days, Digg 5.0 just barely accomplishes what its creators set out to do: “A simple, clean, fast, uncluttered reading experience.” While many of the basics are in place (including navigational swipes between articles, saving to Instapaper, and sharing links), the iOS app sadly leaves out far too many features users have come to expect, including the ability mark posts as unread or even see unread feed counts.
Headlines for unread articles appear as bold type, but this approach is just subtle enough to overlook entirely, especially with no option to hide already read items. Also desperately lacking is an option for grouping feeds from the same source – folders currently appear as one continuous list. However, after expanding a folder, users can access individual feeds.
The bottom line. There’s little doubt Digg Reader will improve with time, but out of the gate, it disappoints. Despite the clean user interface, there are too many basic features lacking, especially for the kind of RSS solution that power users depended upon Google Reader to provide.
iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad running iOS 6.0 or later
Clean, minimalistic user interface. Saving to read later services or sharing to social networks. Free, native app.
Can no longer import Google Reader feeds. Too many core features still missing. Far too basic for RSS power users.