Weave, a free news reader for Windows Phone 7 and up, doesn't bother to say hello; it simply asks what you like. We ticked a few of Weave's boxes, thinking "why yes, I do like business, gaming too, and technology is a safe bet. I'm not sure I 'like' politics, but I suppose I should read about the subject." World news made the cut as well. Weave then instantly populated its view pane with thirty-four reputable sites. That was a good start.
Built by Win-Phone app developer Seles Games, Weave is absurdly attractive. It apes the Windows Phone style to create a consistent, fluid and easy-to-understand UI that feels nothing but natural. Weave makes no sacrifice of function at the altar of form, either. Each predetermined category can be modified with chosen feeds. Live tiles for each category can be pinned to the home screen. The app itself presents the user's most often checked feeds right on the home screen.
Thoughtful design informs the entirety of Weave and makes reading the news a phenomenal experience. Articles load quickly, and text can be adjusted in terms of font, size and background color. It's quick, responsive and informative, and for the mobile news hungry, it's difficult to ask for much more than that.
PUBLISHED NOV. 27, 2012