With many different great iPad news apps, from those that turn the news into a magazine to those that turn your social media into news, the iPad is a great way to start your morning. The best news apps have a distinctive flavor, either delivering something that no other app quite replicates, as is the case for the Flipboard, or simply bringing out the news better than almost anyone, like Fluent News.
One of the top must-have iPad apps, Flipboard goes beyond simply delivering the news by turning your social media into digital pages in a magazine. Once connected to Twitter, you'll have a personalized newspaper based on links shared by those you are following. And the Facebook section makes your social life look like a photo album. In addition to these nice features, Flipboard makes a pretty good digital magazine.
If you can get past the sometimes awkward interface, Livestand from Yahoo offers both a functional news reader and one of the prettiest apps in the category. Packed with content both from Yahoo and from across the web, Livestand supports multiple users, so everyone in your household can create their own personal mix of subscriptions. There's a little bit of something for everyone in this reader, so it shouldn't be hard to tailor the app and create your own morning paper.
Few newspapers have done as good a job transforming themselves for the digital age. The USA Today app really looks the part of a digital newspaper, almost eerie in the way it reproduces the feel of browsing through articles. The front page gives a glimpse of the main stories, the top scores in sports and a look at the weather, while the different sections are just a tap away. The app also features crossword puzzles, so you won't miss your daily brain teaser.
The Fluent News reader isn't the prettiest news app in the app store, but it's easily one of the best. Fluent News gathers stories from multiple sources and then groups them together, so you won't run across the same story over and over while scrolling through the list, but you'll easily be able to check out the story from your favorite source. The reader also features offline reading, so once you download the day's news, you can take it on the train ride into work.
One of the earliest news apps to arrive on the iPad, Pulse News is still one of the best. Pulse News is both a news aggregator, pulling the news from multiple sources, and a news reader, allowing you to add any website with an RSS feed to the display. It's arranged in pages, with the first page filled with articles from sources like Time Magazine and Engadget, while the additional pages wait for your customization.
The newest edition to news apps is one of the best. AOL's Editions is a news aggregator that "reads you", personalizing the news to what you find interesting. This is done both in the background based on which articles your read and through querying you on which subjects you find most interesting. A solid offering that brings in news from across the web, Editions can make a great read alongside your morning coffee.
The news doesn't have to be a downer. MTV News delivers entertainment news ranging from music to movies to celebrities. The cool part about this app is the home page, which is a collage of pictures without a bunch words junking up the screen, allowing you to pick out your interest and read more about it. If you want to keep up with music news or find out more about the latest movies, MTV News is one of the best apps for it on the iPad.
How about sports? Sports Tap isn't going to win any glamour contests, and it doesn't go for a magazine-style look with interactive page-turning graphics. But it does deliver both the latest in the sporting world and the latest scores, even tracking scores of games while they are in progress. If you are the type that wants to keep your eye on every game in the league, Sports Tap is the app for you.