The Best Personalized Magazine Apps for the iPad
I admit it, I am a news addict. I used to watch cable news constantly in order to keep up with what was happening in the world. However, a few years ago I started using the web to fill my need for news. And ever since I purchased an iPad 2, I've found new ways to enjoy and access a regular dose of timely updates.
A few weeks ago I wrote a review of Zite on my
iPhonelife.com blog. Zite is a personalized magazine app that I started using right after I purchased my iPad 2. Over the course of a few months, I came to depend on Zite for almost all of my news. While preparing this review of the Best Personalized Magazine Apps for the iPad, I began a search for apps that might
replace Zite in my daily
Best of the Best
It's your own beautifully personalized magazine with content from your
Facebook and Twitter feeds, along with a slew of news sources and categories to choose from. A definite must-have.
If you need a news fix, check out the new app released last week by The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones. WSJ Live (free) gives you access to live news and on-demand video from 2,000 reporters around the world. You get access to the entire video archive of The Wall Street Journal as well as news programming in a range of categories: U.S., World, Business, Markets, Opinion, Technology, Life & Culture, and Personal Finance.
The apps that Apple bundles on their iOS devices are slick, polished and almost perfect. But for those power users who need just a bit more tweaking to attain an even higher level of perfection, they have to turn to Apple's App Store to seek out programs that scratch that particular itch.
In the mold of the wildly popular Flipboard and Zite, Editions by AOL is a new free app that lets you create a personalized magazine on your iPad that's tailored to your interest. You can select from 16 different sections, ranging from Top News, Tech, and Business, to Entertainment, Music, and Sports. You can select the order, and you can add additional news sources. Editions also offers local news and weather, and it can sync with iCal and Facebook to create a personalized calendar for you.
I was lucky enough to get an iPad 2 at launch. One of the first apps I installed on my new iPad 2 was Zite. Zite is a news reader that helps you discover news that fits your interests. Having lived with this app for several months now, it seemed like a good choice for my first review.
The Singapore Army has announced plans yesterday to purchase 8,000 iPads for new recruits into the army.
I like Flipboard, but recently have started using Pulse, and in this review, compare it to the other great news and RSS aggregator/reader for iPad. Each is excellent in it's own way, though I must admit, the side-scrolling rows that Pulse collects your feeds into are perfect for quickly scanning through content. However, I like the large splashy news displays on Flipboard and the magazine-like page turning...ahhh, 2 awesome readers, so what's a geek to do..?! Use both...