You get your daily dosage of current affairs from the newspapers but that’s so old school. You’ve got the shining new iPad and you know that there are apps that’ll deliver the hottest and the latest right on your iPad. All you need to know is the right kind of news reader apps that’ll make reading amazing.
Well, that’s precisely what we set out to find. There are, not quite interestingly, truckloads of apps out there on the store. There are plenty of amazingly crafted news readers for the iPad. We’ve tried to compile a list of the popular and not-so-popular (but equally amazing) apps. You’ll not find Flipboard here (too cliched) but before we start, let’s make it clear: we love Flipboard. We just don’t want to put that into this list!
Top 6 News Reader Apps for iPad:
Price: Free as in free beer.
Do you like Windows’s Metro UI? Those colorful tiles and stuff? If yes, you’ll love Summly. I love everything about Summly: the design, the fonts, the sources, the usability and the overall experience. It’s amazing and beautiful. And then there’s this undercurrent of minimalist approach.
I bet you’ll love Summly for its design as well as for its content. There aren’t many bells and whistles like adding your own feeds or integration but whatever there is, it’s amazing.
Price: Zilch. Free
With News360, you’re looking at a thoroughly professional and carefully curated news presented in a friendly and familiar interface. With a specific design for the iPad, News360 makes for a pleasant news reading experience. It ain’t very dramatic in its appeal but it strikes a chord if you are looking for something really simple, flat and elegant.
Price: Absolutely Free!
A gorgeous app that lets you customize your feeds, add Google Reader, Twitter/Facebook and enjoy a stunning experience catching up with all the stuff – that’s precisely what Feedly is. It’s one of the very few apps that kicks ass when it comes to getting your personalized digest of headlines from across a wide range of sources. And the recent update – it’s rated 5 stars with about 1175 ratings. How much better can it get?
4. The Feed
The Feed is an interesting iPad app. If you’re more inclined towards blogs and the modern web, you might want an interface where your news gets delivered that way. That’s what The Feed brings you: a cool, unique and different interface. But more more interestingly, the interface comes with file-folder type navigation for your tags. That’s an interesting addition to look forward to.
Price: Obviously, Free
Can a news reader for iPad list be complete without Pulse? Well, for us it can because we’ve got Flipboard, but then, Pulse is a different ballgame. I don’t really like Pulses’s interface these days, after having experienced Feedly, Flipboard and Summly but Pulse takes the cake for bringing news from amazing sources. Paywalls in WSJ notwithstanding, Pulse gets you the best and the most important headlines and also lets you control your stuff.
6. Zite Personalized Magazine
I am not quite sure if adding Zite to this list would be justified because after the recent update, users have been very unhappy with what was a totally fantastic news reader app for the iPad. Zite was termed “iPad’s smartest magazine yet” by Mashable and the WSJ noted that Zite would handle information overload smartly. You might like it, despite the update.