Zite vs Flipboard, what's the best news reader?

Discussion in 'iPad Apps' started by 212rikanmofo, Mar 21, 2012.

  1. macrumors 6502a

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    My 2 favorites are Zite and Flipboard, but I'm giving the edge to Zite. What is everyone else's opinion on what the best newsreader is for the iPad?
     
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    I use both and Flipboard is the better
     
  3. macrumors 65816

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    Of the two, I prefer Zite. I do use and enjoy both, though.

    The best for my needs, however, is Reeder. It's a bit of a different animal, though. It's used to subscribe to specific feeds via Google Reader, rather than give you the random stuff the other two do.

    I love the random stuff for killing extra time, but the feeds I subscribe to take priority.
     
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    d4rkc4sm

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    zite
     
  5. macrumors member

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    Flipboard

    Flipboard has the to be my most used app on both my iphone and ipad
     
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    Menel

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    Reeder for news for me.

    FlipBoard is kind of fun for facebook and twitter though.
     
  7. macrumors regular

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    I like Flipboard for Facebook and Twitter. Flipboard is pretty much publication or website specific for what you want to read. Zite is more category specific that aggregates news from many sources for one category. Zite, to me, finds stuff I might not other wise find. Both interfaces are unique and easy to use and I use both.
     
  8. macrumors regular

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    Is early edition 2 any good? Recommended for rss without google?
     
  9. macrumors regular

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    Does anyone know if it's possible to remove the side bar that appears on the right side when viewing articles in Zite? It's the one that asks you to rate an article good or bad. While a nice option I wish it didn't use up real estate. I'd rather the article be wider and have larger font.

    Both Zite and Flipboard are great. I'm still trying to decide which will be my primary news reader.
     
  10. macrumors 65816

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    Flipboard + Zite + Reeder for me.

    The ones that I use less and less are Pulse and News.Me
     
  11. macrumors regular

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    So I take it early edition 2 is not great?
     
  12. macrumors 65816

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    I don't really like it but know others that do. It's a bit clunky for my liking, but there are some nice visual ideas in there.
     
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    what about pulse news guys? i love pulse.
     
  14. macrumors 65816

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    Pulse is good too. Nice interface. The things I like less about it than Reeder are:

    1. One of the coolest things about it, the big bold pics is also one of my least favorite features. I don't like having to scroll down to see all my feeds. If I remember correctly, you can only see 3 (maybe 4) feeds on a screen at once.

    2. For me it's hard to tell which articles are read and which ones aren't. I prefer the traditional method of hiding those articles that have been read.

    It's been a good year or so since I've used it, so some of this may have changed.
     
  15. rhett7660, Mar 26, 2012
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    Zite.. the fact I can kick out articles or like articles and it goes out and finds more.

    One of my favorite, behind evernote and instapaper.
     
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    I won't use Flipboard until they let you sort Google Reader articles from Oldest to Newest so I can read in chronological order.
     
  17. macrumors 6502

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    After Safari, same here!
     
  18. macrumors 65816

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    I own Early Edition and don't like how when they enhanced the app a little, they told their paid customers to go stuff it and rebuy the app.
    I will never support a company that does that.
     
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    Thanks guys. I bought it but like ionic said, I find it difficult to consume the rss feeds I usually read on other simple rss feed readers without problem. I also agree with the fact that releasing a part 2 is wrong but most of the good feed readers these days are google reader only.
     
  20. macrumors 6502

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    i'd vote for zite too. It gets more news which interest me.
     
  21. macrumors 6502

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    Flipboard. It's one of my essential iPad apps, along with Instapaper and Evernote.
     
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    Flipboard for me. It's probably my most used iPad app after Tweetbot and Safari.
     
  23. macrumors 6502

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    I'd argue they are awfully different in their purpose: Flipboard connects you to RSS feeds and your friend's posts on social networking sites. Zite indexes content and over time delivers content tailored to your interests.

    IMHO, Reeder already does what Flipboard does (only more efficiently) and connects me to things I want to read so badly I have subscribed to them.

    Zite however is more of a 'discovery' tool that hones your interests overtime and delivers content that doesn't require a subscription or much of a commitment to read daily.

    I have both, but find very little use of Flipboard except to show off how neat it is.
     
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    I agree. 1st app I open in the day and last one I close in the evening.
     
  25. macrumors 6502

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    I don't mind paying for an update, but what I didn't like as a former user of Early Edition 1.0 is that they never fixed many outstanding issues with their first release and basically wanted me to buy the app over again less than a year later with the fixes and some other improvements.

    Glasshouse makes beautiful apps, but I can't trust them to value me as a customer.
     

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