I recently downloaded Zite iPad App after searching the App Store what other types of Magazine Type RSS Reader. I came across Zite, accidentally on purpose. Even though Flipboard came out first, and Zite is more of a copy of Flipboard. After a couple of months using Zite, below is my conclusion.
I currently use both Zite and Flipboard to compare the two and I really like Flipboard interface with it’s slide right or left like a Magazine. Flipboard is fast as well and integrates to Twitter, Facebook, Google Reader, Flickr, Instagram, or you can add a Custom Section to add any person, list or blog from all of Twitter. But if you want to add by Categories you can too if you are overwhelmed by the choices available on the internet, or if are bored of reading the same things over and over, you can choose from Categories. I use Flipboard as a Google Reader.
With Zite, it’s almost the same, but pre-loading time is a little slow loading the sections I selected before. Plus it doesn’t integrate Facebook or Flickr or Instagram in to it. Instead, you can add Twitter, Google Reader and Delicious. I linked my Twitter and Google Reader on Zite as well as other categories that’s built into Zite. One of the thing I like about Zite is that I was able to read GigaOm without subscribing to GigaOm. Zite also randomly selects the latest information from the Categories I picked.
Flipboard has Categories of Flipboard Magazines, News, Business & Finance, Tech & Science, Cool Curators, Art & Photography, Design, Living, Entertainment, Sports, Travel & Adventure, Food & Dining, Shopping & Fashion.
You can also add a Featured Content in Flipboard such as National Geographic, All Things Digital, Car and Driver, Lonely Planet, Tech, Robert Scoble, and Inside Flipboard.
With Zite, you can add Sections such as World News, Politics, Arts & Culture, Business & Investing, Sports, Film & TV, Music News & Commentary, Technology, Gaming, Gadgets, Science News, Psychology & Mind, Food & Cooking, Mac, Philosophy & Spiritual, Programming, Web Design & User Experience, graphics Design & Typography, Architecture, Photography, Social Media, Entrepreneurship, Fashion, Interior Design & Furniture, Personal Finance, Celebrity Gossip & Industry Rumors, Health & Exercise, Wine & Mixology, Travel Blogs & Tips, Automotive, Luxury Lifestyle, Pets, iPhone, iPhone Apps, Google, Kindle, and Mobile. You can also enter your own sections too by just typing in what you want, such as San Francisco, Knitting, Weddings or Quantum Physics. It’s more in-depth in sections/categories.
In Conclusion, try both, they’re both free and it all depends how your taste of reading experience you want. Both has a flip type gesture to turn pages, both has pre-built sections for you to choose from, both are easy to use, but I find Zite to be more straight forward. I just select the sections I want, and off I go reading them all in the Top Stories section, where as with Flipboard, I have to select the sections I want to read, which reminds me of RSS Reader. However, both has a good integration of the built-in Web Browser in case you click on read more off Google Reader (If you add Google Reader as part of your sections). I also found Zite to be cleaner, and has a slide out side bar that has related news about the particular thing you are reading. So if you are reading about Groupon, you can select sections about Funding or Working Capital. If you are reading Mashable, you can select “Give me more from…” Mashable.com or the person who wrote about that article. There’s more personalization on the Zite than on Flipboard. Flipboard has the ability to share by Share Link…, Email Link or Share to Twitter or ReTweet.
Zite has more share options on the side bar with Sharing to Twitter, Facebook, Instapaper, Delicious or Email.
Pros and Cons:
Sharing Capabilities = Zite
Facebook/Twitter Integration = Flipboard
User Interface Friendliness = Zite
Pre-Loading Speed = Flipboard
Reading Pleasure = Zite
Selections of Sections = Flipboard
Top Stories for all Sections = Zite
True Magazine Like Reading = Zite
Like I mentioned before, Flipboard feels more towards the RSS Reader after trying out Zite. Both has it’s advantages and disadvantages though.