When comparing Allsides vs Feedly, the Slant community recommends Feedly for most people. In the question“What are the best news aggregators?” Feedly is ranked 6th while Allsides is ranked 7th. The most important reason people chose Feedly is:
Feedly has an easy to overview interface. While this interface is clean and simple, it is still full of bright colors. A great feature that adds to the clean feel is "eliminate clutter", which keeps only the text of the desired topic.
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Pro Encourages "civil discourse and responsible free speech"
Not only is there a pledge that visitors can avow to, but Allsides will be expanding their mismatch.org communication tools for students to be available for the general public. In the meantime, they have links to similar projects and sites on their "Conversation" page.
Pro Thoughtful, clear FAQ & About pages
They identify their own editorial biases, clearly explain the intent behind many of the administrative, editorial & design choices they've made, and invite constructive criticism to help better align themselves to their stated intent.
Pro Free, easy syndication of news on your own site
Allsides provides cut-n-paste code that allows anyone to plug a "balanced feed" news widget into their own site. Currently, there are 3 styles available.
Pro Extensive tools & resources for schools
The AllSides for Schools project has not just lesson plans, but also communication tools, activities to get students conversing and engaged with a topic, and more to help students become well-rounded participants in the political process, regardless of their individual political philosophy.
Pro In-depth descriptions of political terms and other "trigger words"
In partnership with redbluedictionary.org , Allsides invites visitors to examine how their personal definitions of certain phrases and words might be out of step with how others tend to use the terms, thus leading to misunderstanding and conflict.
Pro Clearly stated editorial philosophy
With a prominent link in the top menu bar, they clarify the distinction between their commitment to link to stories from across the political spectrum, and their editorial choice to "amplify" perspectives that don't get as much mainstream media coverage so that readers can see a broader range of voices.
Pro Clean, easy to overview UI
Feedly has an easy to overview interface. While this interface is clean and simple, it is still full of bright colors.
A great feature that adds to the clean feel is "eliminate clutter", which keeps only the text of the desired topic.
Pro Integrates other services for ease of use and sharing
Feedly sign-in is done with Facebook, Twitter, Google, or Microsoft credentials. It offers many ways to share a story from within the application, including social networks, e-mail, etc.
Pro Choice of many different layouts
For each news source, a different layout can be chosen. Choose between showing thumbnails, titles and summaries, titles only, thumbnails with overlaid titles in a grid, or have all content inlined.
Pro Great article recommendations
Search a topic and Feedly will offer resources that are related to that topic.
Pro Supports OPML export/import
With this feature, all subscriptions can be saved.
Pro Seamless Google Reader migration
Feedly have made it especially easy to navigate away from Google Reader.
Pro Similar mobile experience to Google Reader
It supports a list UI similar to Google Reader, among other more graphical layouts.
Pro Browser extensions
Feedly's extension lets users add feeds directly from websites, but also lets users curate pages, save them to Evernote or Facebook, email, or Tweet pages.
Pro Open API
There are multitudes of third party clients available for many platforms.
Pro Boards for organising the content (Paid)
Feedly allows you to create unlimited Boards (folders/sets/collections) and use them to organise your saved content.
Pro IFTTT and Zapier integration (Paid)
Feedly functionality can be extended and workflows automated with IFTTT and Zapier integrations that make it possible to connect the reader with hundreds of popular apps.
Con Citizens of countries other than the USA may feel excluded by the American bias of the site
While they have now clarified on the FAQ page the reasons behind this bias, and state their desire to expand and include other regions, there currently aren't any "international editions" of Allsides.
Con Long list of paid-only features
Free features are pretty basic. It seems like all the new development goes into paid-only features. Paid features include sharing and saving options, alerts, backup, support or integrations with collaborative tools.
Con No push notifications
Among the most requested features for Feedly is push notification support. The feature was officially requested in 2011 and currently has over 600 votes on Feedly's Uservoice.
Con Log-in is buggy
Logging in can sometimes cause Feedly to struggle. It can become unresponsive and force close.
Con The layout isn't like Google's original or Inoreader's of which is much easier to browse and read quickly
Con Inline adds
Free version puts adds in your feeds
Con No keyword filtering
Feedly has no ability to filter a feed by keyword like a lot of other RSS readers do.
Con No offline support
There is no offline support with the official client.
Con Forces external account to log in
Users are forced to use Twitter, Facebook, Google, or Microsoft login credentials.
Con Steals page views
Feedly has had issues multiple times with hijacking page views from original publishers. See:
Con Organization/sorting features lacking
There is no ability to sort feeds within a folder, and moving feeds between folders is difficult with lots of content.