Zite is a personalised feed reader released by Zite.
“Zite is a free personalized magazine for your TouchPad that automatically learns what you like and gets smarter every time you use it. Zite delivers all the great news, articles, blogs, and videos you want—and helps you discover new stuff that you’ll love.”
When you open the app you are giving a list of categories to select from. Once you have selected these Zite will gather the information from the various feeds that it pulls from and builds a virtual magazine of articles for you to read.
You can also link Zite to your Twitter, Delicious or Read It Later accounts to help build a better magazine for you.
Each of the categories are show as seperate sections, however, you will also be given a Top Stories section. This is based on the categories you selected to start with, but will start to use your reading habits to continue building on it.
The sections normally contain eight to ten pages of articles with around five articles on each of the pages. The page will show the headlight or the image from the story, it will also show in small font the hours since it was posted and the source of the article.
Tap on the article and it pulls up a new card which you can read then and there, or leave and continue looking through the main Zite sections.
The reading experience is generally good, there is a web link if you wish to see on the source website. On the side of the article page is the personalisation side of Zite were if becomes different from other readers.
You can select if you liked the article or not, if you want more from that source or writer (if known) and then the tags of the articles, so if you are looking at a Touchpad article you will get options like Touchpad, webOS etc.
The user interface is very nice. I would have liked some more options or preferences within Zite, but you do have some control over text and font.
I have used the Zite application on iOS and this application is very similar indeed to that experience.
One issue with Zite Top Stories section is that it tries to be too clever at times. Once it learnt something from your selection it keeps long term, and you cannot get it to forget it. If you give looking at a section, but had clicked on some sources or tags in the past Zite will still feed you the information. You need to tell it you hate the articles to get rid of them. (Not so great if you had the Pets feed and your dog dies…)
On the upside:
- Nice User Interface
- Great Personalisation on offer.
On the downside:
- Lacking preferences, I would have liked to have been able to clear Zites “learning”.
- Zite controls the content you see, so you may miss something by not looking at the feeds.
Overall, this is a great way to look at lots of information on the internet without being overwhelmed. I like to keep up to date with Tech and Gadget news and this application could help me do it. I would like to be able to edit the learning Zite makes, but in the main it functions well. If you like to personalise your reading Zite is well worth a download, especially as it is Free.
Size: 2.8 MB
Price (at time of review): Free