PadGadget Weekly App Series — Best News and News Reader Apps

For today’s Weekly App Series we’ve found six great apps to add to your iPad collection. We have included six essential news and news reader apps in this week’s bundle. Our editorial team goes through the data, picks the best and most interesting apps and then brings them to you on a regular basis.

We used our PadGadget Apps Tracker to find these great apps and we’ll continue to look for the best apps on a weekly basis. Be sure to check them out because these apps might just be what you’re looking for.

This week’s category is: Best News and News Reader Apps

1. Newsstand (Free, Built-in with iOS 5 upgrade) – Newsstand, which debuted as part of iOS5, changed how iPad users read the news. Newsstand is now the only way to access the New York Times, Newsweek, and the Guardian on the iPad. A few local newspapers including the Houston Chronicle and the Albany Times Union are available to subscribers through Newsstand. Newsstand also includes access to an ever-growing number of digital magazines including Esquire, Wired, and the New Yorker. After subscribing to a particular app, Newsstand users receive alerts whenever a new issue of the newspaper or magazine becomes available. While the Newsstand app and most of the newspaper and magazine apps are free, users must pay for individual issues or purchase a subscription. Some news sources offer complimentary iPad subscriptions to their print subscribers, however, subscribing to a print magazine does not guarantee a free Newsstand subscription.


2. Flipboard – (Free) Flipboard is one of the few apps that every iPad user must own. Named as Apple’s App of the year for iPad in 2010, Flipboard’s most recent update makes this popular app universal, so users can also enjoy the app’s content on an iPhone or iPod Touch. After creating a free Flipboard account, the app will turn the user’s iPad into a customized, drool-worthy magazine that integrates feeds from Facebook and Twitter (as well as Instagram, Google Reader, LinkedIn, Tumblr, and Flickr). Flipboard works wonders with Twitter in particular, turning even the most abbreviation-heavy Twitter feeds, into an attractive, readable storyboard with all of the URLs and images open and ready for your perusal. Users can also add channels such as News, Tech, and Lifestyle to stay abreast of the latest news across a variety of topics.


3. Zite – (Free) Named the Best News iPad News App by Apple for 2011, Zite lets the user create a personalized magazine. Users customize their content by choosing channels (ie. World News, Sports, Gadgets) through Zite’s settings. Zite also offers Twitter, Google Reader, Delicious and Read It Later integration. After reading an article through Zite, users can rate the article, and tell the app that they’d like to see a lot more, or a lot less, of a particular type of content. Over time Zite learns each user’s preferences and includes more of the types of content requested. Zite was acquired in 2011 by CNN.


4. Pulse News for iPad – (Free) While Pulse News for iPad shares a similar concept with Flipboard and Zite, the app’s UI offers a distinct film strip-style set up that some readers may prefer since it’s very easy to skim through headlines using a swipe gesture. Users can also create a channel based upon a single RSS feed, which offers a new way to keep up with your favorite blogs on the iPad without ever opening a browser. Users can choose from an enormous range of suggested content, including Pulse-created channels, across topics such as social networking, news, lifestyle, and technology. Unlike Flipboard and Zite, Pulse remains exclusive to the iPad.


5. Newsy for iPad – (Free) Newsy for iPad’s niche is video news. This iPad-only app is an on-the-go newscast made just for your iPad. Billed as an “analyzer not an aggregator,” Newsy’s staff sifts through the vast number of news sources that are available, then crafts short daily videos that get right to the core of important world news stories. Users can access the sources used to create Newsy’s videos from within the app, share videos by email, Facebook, and Twitter, and also save videos to view them later without an Internet connection.


6. The Guardian Eyewitness – (Free) The Guardian Eyewitness for iPad aims to give readers a global perspective on the news by showcasing photos from the Guardian’s Eyewitness photography series. Guardian Eyewitness takes advantage of the iPad’s fantastic resolution to show off newsworthy photos that will elicit a range of reactions from readers. Users can save favorite photos, as well as sharing photos with others via email, Facebook, and Twitter.


Notes: For additional information, check out the PadGadget Apps Tracker. Our tracker provides an easy way to constantly monitor the App Store to find the best iPad apps for you. If you loved these apps, be sure to check out our Weekly Series list of apps for the iPad.

About Emily: Emily is a freelance writer who loves discovering new apps whenever she can pry the iPad away from her children or husband. You can contact her via Twitter: @whatwentwrite