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Zite 2.0 for iOS App Review

There are a lot of news apps out there that approach the subject in a variety of ways but perhaps some of the most useful ones are those that present aggregated news from a variety of sources as it helps gain more of a perspective on an issue. Better still are the more customisable ones that allow you to pick and choose exactly what kind of news you would like to be following. Zite has always been one of the superior ones that pulls news from various sources and presents them in a personalised way that you can easily consult for a quick digest of current affairs. Now it has been updated with some new features, but is it any good? Zite 2.0 is available now for free from the App Store.

The good thing about this update is that it has brought with it some attractive new features but there is a downside too in the form of several glitches. One of the best things about this new version is its increased number of topics, which has multiplied by twenty since the previous version to cover 40,000 topics. With this we get a more extensive Top Stories section that features more pages. These pages have an attractive new design and the layout here is decent. Articles are clear and easy to read, while some convenient tags at the end allow you to quickly explore the subject quicker. In addition to this we can also see what the most talked about stories are, as well as a section for the most popular ones to keep you in the loop.

So far so good but unfortunately there are some disappointing elements that ruin it slightly. The new interface is not quite as good as the old one and sometimes the screen is a bit too crowded in places. Zite also appears to work a lot slower now in its new incarnation, especially when it comes to rendering web pages to its own graphical format. It also seems to keep offering up content of no interest, which takes away the personal touch. Zite was previously always good at recommending stories appropriate to your taste but the 2.0 version is less adept at learning from your search history. There is a feature that sounds good in theory, which is the option to re-order your list of topics, but in practise it seems to ignore most of the changes you make so hopefully this will be fixed.

It is a pity that the update does not quite live up to the excellent original. While Zite 2.0 is still a good app and highly recommended to anyone looking for a decent news aggregator, it has a few bugs that need to be ironed out. The new version is mostly reliable but hopefully there will be a further update to bring it back up to standard. If you don’t have it already, it is worth a look and to be honest, you may like it as it is.

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