I am a recent convert to Flipboard, owing the insight to having been assigned this review. Up to now, I have been solely following Zite, an earlier entry into the field of aggregators, or sites that re-publish articles in a single format from various sources, like magazines, newspapers, websites, and blogs.
In this day of exponentially increasing content, it’s useful, even necessary, to have a single place to go to for news on favorite subjects. Flipboard is, hands down, the more visual of the two apps. The photos are bigger and look great on an iPad:
On Zite, photos are smaller, so more articles fit on a page.
With Flipboard, you can publish your own “magazine” of articles you like, and others can “subscribe” to it, a feature that Zite does not have:
Beware: This capability can be a serious time-sink.
If you are a hardcore Facebook or Twitter user, then Flipboard is for you. The content of your account actually looks better and is easier to read than it is on the original apps:
On the other hand, there seem to be more pre-defined areas of substantive content on Zite. I like to keep up with a variety of things, and I’m a voracious reader, so that’s a plus for me. Both apps are very good. If I were to recommend one over the other for architects, I’d say Flipboard, for the visually minded. As for me, I’ll probably keep browsing the two for a while – after all, they’re both free.
Flipboard: iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8
Zite: iOS, Android in development
Ken Ethridge, AIA, RAS is located in Temple, TX. An architect and signage product marketer, he is recognized as an authority on the ADA and TAS. He wishes people would realize that he has other interests, including painting, drawing and writing lurid mystery stories.