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

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

  1. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 31, 2003
    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?
  2. macrumors member


    Mar 16, 2011
  3. macrumors 65816

    Jun 21, 2007
    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.
  4. macrumors 6502


    Apr 23, 2011
  5. macrumors member

    Mar 24, 2009

    Flipboard has the to be my most used app on both my iphone and ipad
  6. macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    Reeder for news for me.

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

    Dec 5, 2008
    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

    Dec 21, 2011
    Is early edition 2 any good? Recommended for rss without google?
  9. macrumors regular

    Mar 9, 2012
    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

    May 17, 2006
    Sydney, Australia
    Flipboard + Zite + Reeder for me.

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

    Dec 21, 2011
  12. macrumors 65816

    May 17, 2006
    Sydney, Australia
    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.
  13. macrumors 65816


    Oct 17, 2010
  14. macrumors 65816

    Jun 21, 2007
    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
    Last edited: Mar 26, 2012

    macrumors G3


    Jan 9, 2008
    Sunny, Southern California
    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.
  16. macrumors 68030


    Dec 14, 2009
    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

    Mar 14, 2012
    After Safari, same here!
  18. macrumors 65816


    Jul 23, 2008
    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.
  19. macrumors regular

    Dec 21, 2011
    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

    Feb 5, 2010
    i'd vote for zite too. It gets more news which interest me.
  21. macrumors 6502

    Mar 12, 2009
    Flipboard. It's one of my essential iPad apps, along with Instapaper and Evernote.
  22. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Sep 8, 2010
    Detroit, Michigan
    Flipboard for me. It's probably my most used iPad app after Tweetbot and Safari.
  23. macrumors 6502

    May 30, 2002
    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.
  24. macrumors 68040


    Sep 24, 2010
    I agree. 1st app I open in the day and last one I close in the evening.
  25. macrumors 6502

    May 30, 2002
    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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