Terrible experience 1/5
By Lee Nackman
The new MAZ-based app is a huge step in the wrong direction. Navigation is clumsy, the layout is unattractive and boring, and using the sharing menu with Notes and other apps gives you a link to the app in the App Store, not to the article you’re reading.
I would go back to the previous app in a heartbeat if you make it available.
Mike Bloomberg will fire the BW digital team 1/5
And the editor of the magazine if he ever checks this app. What a joke. So unfriendly from a UX point. Shameful really.
App worked well before, now.... 1/5
The design was interesting and the app UI was outstanding, now the app seems generic and I can't read anything offline anymore... Even after the issue is downloaded. The lost or articles remains gray (disabled) and nothing is clickable... Please fix this, this is making me rethink my subscription...
Big step back vs. the previous app 2/5
Navigation is terrible. Old app was very useful. Why change?
Vintage app 1/5
Stuck in the past. First update since they decided to partner with MAZ for no frills old school tech. Can’t believe there is still no way to choose font size. Really Bloomberg? One size fits all is your choice. Maybe read a few of your own articles on the trend of personalization.
Old app was far better 1/5
This one is glitchy, dull, and leaves large amounts of unused space on your iPad screen. The old one worked beautifully on your iPad and was well-formatted and colorful almost like a real magazine on your screen. They should kill this version immediately and go back to the old one.
TERRIBLE experience 1/5
I stopped reading business week after this app was released. Bring back the old one please.
No single issue 1/5
There's no way to buy a single issue. The monthly subscription option renews at the end of each month unless you turn it off, so you basically are buying an on going subscription and Bloomberg gets a few extra bucks if you don't cancel on time. Shady ethics
Not happy with new design and features 1/5
No ability to increase the text size. Would like the magazine to open where I left off. Takes to long to start. Suggestion: make the app more usable.
Way behind other magazines 1/5
By Irving Simon
Very simplistic and not very modern compared to,other leading magazine apps. Can't email article to someone else without them having the app. That's makes no sense for marketing purposes.
Lost subscription 1/5
Today my subscription vanished from the app. I'm still receiving physical issues in the mail, so I tried to activate my account number in the app only to be told that I'm already logged in. What? Then why is it saying I need to subscribe when my sub doesn't expire until August 2018?
Bad redesign 1/5
By JSB traveler
I used to be a loyal reader of the magazine in the apps previous version. Now the app takes forever to load, is buggy and doesn't reflect the articles of the magazine. Unless they significantly overhaul the app I won't be renewing my subscription.
Update is terrible 1/5
Articles are difficult to read and you user experience is worse.
Buggy to the point of unusable 1/5
On my iPad, the download button is missing for the latest issue. So far, I've also needed to re-install the app for each new issue on account of log-in problems. I wish they'd bring back the previous app design, which was easier to navigate and much less buggy.
Good stuff 5/5
Clean layout and good push notification cadence. Feels easy to ingest
Absolute crap update 1/5
Major major step backwards from the great previous app. Phone version is good, but the iPad version is completely ruined, all articles are mostly white space on the screen. Do yourself a favor and just download a PDF copy of the print edition.
Horrible UX - bad design 1/5
The entire UX design team should be fired after this release of a new redesign! Simply pathetic.
Hate the new layout 1/5
Please bring back the old layout. The new layout is difficult navigate and many smaller news articles you would see and read on various pages seem to no longer be available, only the major headlines. Notify us all when there are changes to make this more readable.
Bring back the old version PLEASE!!!! 1/5
The new format is simply horrendous in comparison to the previous app. The previous design was one of the best digital news magazines available. It was a pleasure to read and navigate. The design aesthetic and content was stellar. What could have persuaded anyone to migrate to this platform as an improvement is beyond my understanding? It clearly didn't go through any A/B testing...PLEASE bring back the old and more modern app design asap!!!!
Subscription won't activate 1/5
By Michael Hinojosa
I used the old version of the app for 3 years without a ton of problems. After the upgrade I can't even access the weekly issues of the magazine. I try to log in as a subscriber but it keeps on throwing error messages at me. I've called to troubleshoot but they don't even know how to fix it. Essentially useless
Keep losing connection to BW server! 1/5
I had to delete and reDL the app 3 times already, at different time period. It lost my subscription info each time and I had to wait till I got home to look up my info on my physical magazine print copy...fix it already!
Now it won't let me login. Says my subscription expired, when it's not until Jan. 2018!!
The app updates keep getting shittier and shittier!! Practically useless now. Can't even tell when the issue is fully downloaded, as they took away the download progress bar!! Maybe they are trying to get readers to go back to the paper format...or not read at all.
New version terrible 1/5
The new version is much more difficult to read and practically no longer distinguishing vertical and lamscape mode decently.
Terrible new design, older one was much much better, bunch of stupid people
all kinds of bad 1/5
By this did not happen!
wow. cant believe this made it through approvals. the app is glitchy, cant down load full articals, its hard to get around ....so bad that i dont even bother w it...wanna cancel subscription but assuming an update will resolve, but fuming about paying the crap product right now
Bad App, Bad, Bad, Bad! 1/5
This is the worst experience I've had with a Bloomberg app. The orange colored app worked perfectly but this black colored app is crap.
I couldn't get the label data correct: the account number as highlighted and entered failed. The account number and date didn't work- my date and the illustration date are different and it failed.
The email and zip code combination required several additional log in steps as did the mailing address with zip code combination.
Requiring me to login with Twitter or Facebook is crap. I'm a subscriber and shouldn't need all these layers to read my magazine. I'm deleting the application. comfy
The new Businessweek app is trash.
Issues I noticed the first time I used the new version:
The subscription login data doesn't carryover to new version
There are about 5 layers of data needed to even login. As a paper subscriber it was very difficult to provide the various credentials required to even get access to the issues.
Many articles in the issues I previously downloaded to be available offline simply aren't visible without wifi.
On iPad in landscape mode the text still presents itself as if it were in portrait mode.
It is extremely difficult to navigate the new layout and figure out what articles are located where.
Advice: your old version was great. I know the supply for developers is thin, so either go back to the old version or hire some competent developers instead of bums off the street.
New Design is Horrible 1/5
Doesn't feel like a structured magazine anymore, rather a collection of articles from the web.
No flow, and the older layout was visually more appealing.
Please go back
Great Magazine - Crappy App 1/5
By Rudy Serna
Businessweek as a magazine is great, objective and well written. The app is the contrary, badly coded and very unstable. The new app is even worse than the old one. Although it says that an issue has been downloaded, it's false. Most of the articles are partially downloaded. So, if you go offline, you won't be able to read them.
It doesn't help to cancel the subscription because they won't give you back the money.
New version is a poor design 2/5
I wish they hadn't updated to the new design. It is more difficult to manage downloaded issues (where is the thumbnail view? ). Article layout is clunky... when reaching the end of the article it's not clear that you're at the end until the whole article bounces. Sometimes pages don't load. And a few times I've just gotten black pages and the app crashes. The past design was fine. Why change what works?
Terrible App 1/5
When this app was revised it became a piece of junk. I had been using the old app for years. I would download on Friday and read the issue on Sunday when I flew out for work. Now I find half the time it hadn't downloaded properly; usually discovered too late on the plane. I can't believe how BBW went from a great, easy to use app to a worthless piece of junk!
Messed with Perfection. Now POS. 1/5
Updated BW app won't validate my account saying it's expired despite expiry is in 2 years. Why publish before testing BW? Will miss content while traveling.
Worst Update Ever! 1/5
I freed up space to download the latest issue and I'm getting not enough space despite having o we 200MBs of space, also no support for the newest version of this app.
The app is broken Fix it Bloomberg.
Update: won't recognize my subscription despite the fact I'm signed in and a CURRENT SUBSCRIBER!
Update is Terrible 1/5
The new UX and approach is terrible. Dump your vendor Maz asap
Terrible update that takes a huge step back from previous versions (can I have the 2012 version back?). Old app felt like reading a digital version of the print magazine and was easy to view downloaded issues at a glance. New one feels like scrolling through a poorly designed website, and makes viewing downloaded issues very labor intensive (e.g. Full size screen shots mean an entire page scroll per issue). Don't update if you can avoid it.
Terrible design, terrible support 1/5
Though I am a subscriber I cannot access the current issue. Customer support is of no help. What I get is a poorly organized screen of a few articles. Bring back the old app. It was far superior.
Very, very disappointed with the new app 1/5
Come on BB! What happened with your app update. A year ago I praised the app, the content and my reading experience. Today, July 7, 2017, I am very, very disappointed. I feel there is not much of a reason to continue as a customer of your digital content.
It tells me I downloaded the issue for offline use but none of the articles are there
Disappointing app 3/5
I do not like the new app. I cannot change the text size which is very small. This is a major step back. I had rated the original app as five stars.
Latest app small print hard to read. Not elderly-friendly 1/5
The latest iPad app with its reformatted layout and interface was hard enough to get used to. But I have stopped using the app because the default print is too small for me to read and cannot be magnified like prior apps and other news apps. I'm sticking with WSJ app and skipping BW app completely until fixed. Not elderly friendly at all. Shame.
Worse ever 1/5
By M Aguilo
BW new app driven by Maz is the worse app ever. You cant read the magazine offline as I was used to. The app crashes constanly and I hope these issues are fixed because if not I dont see myself keeping the subscription. My name is in this review because I want them to know this a real proble
Becoming worse and worse!!! 1/5
I'm writing this review on 6/27/2017. This is my THIRD negative review. BW has done the worst of worst. Now I can NOT even use my iPad to read my subscription! This is the "new" app that is black faced with the large B and W. No matter with what method I sign in, the app says my subscription has expired :( I can't believe this kind of garbage is allowed into the app store by a reputable organization.
This following two reviews were written in 7/2016 and 3/2017:
When I started to use the app years ago it was delightful. But the quality of the app (not the magazine) has being going downhill steadily. Now I can't even download the latest issue (July 4, 2016). The download bar is stuck at 99% percent. It's consistent after restarting the app. Seems the app needs a better engineering team!
At the current version on 3/28/2017, the app just gives me a totally dark screen on my iPad Pro . This is outrageous.
Ruined a great magazine 1/5
By lifetime BW reader
The new App should be removed from the Apple App Store. Impossible to read the magazine any longer. Useless
Canceled subscription....unreadable. 1/5
Lost all my issues. After 10 years I will never buy another BW.
Thanks for your rotten customer loyal support Bloomberg!
Won't recognize subscription. Won't sync across devices 1/5
This app is definitely not ready for prime time. Where is the quality control in their releases?
Updated version is not a wise business decision 1/5
There is a very low max of articles able to be clipped and saved for reading later. This app caused me to lose all saved articles, that I had stored in the old app. An email from Customer Service just informed me that cover stories are no longer available in the app. The back issues are not available in entirety. Bloomberg had a great app. The update ruins everything. I am thinking I will just cancel my subscription. I would give negative stars if I could.
Terrible update 1/5
I been been reading Business Week for over 50 years and been reading on my iPad for 5. Don't like the layout and find it difficult to figure out what I have already read. I all so would like a larger font, but is not intuitive as to how or if I can change it to a larger one. I am payed up for an additional year, but may cancel and give up on BW if Bloomberg doesn't improve its app. I almost always read from a down load and have no use for reading an on line version.
Good magazine stupid update 1/5
All my downloaded magazines must be re-downloaded. I ordered out of the Apple App Store so don't have needed information to re-subscribe. How stupid are the people that designed this app and how stupid is Bloomberg for not reviewing what was being developed in their name. I guess I'll have to suspend my subscription and get my news from Fox.
Great Trip Downhill 1/5
Pop-up ads got SO annoying; rates kept going up, and number of issues drop; some content rivals a Fashion mag, rather than Business!
Let my subscription lapse.
Now, worse with the "new" version. No ability to adjust (enlarge) font. Can't read ANYTHING as is!
Pre os8 not operable 1/5
By EER 3
I have an ipad 2 and this app no longer allows me to read Business Week. I continuously get the message update required. I tried to load the old app that was available but the update required message keeps coming up. This seems to be an old fashioned catch 22.
Ok it has been months now and still the download stops at 99%. Poor execution.
I thought it could not get worse but it has. No longer reads like a magazine but more like a list of topics. Disappointing to say the least.
Needs Complete Upgrade 1/5
By Seatac 150
The new app is horrible!!!!! I was finally able to install the app and get the latest magazine. However, I went on vacation and even with wifi the app reverted to allowing only so many free articles. Please, fix this app!!!
Hire some better developers and fix this thing 2/5
Ok, I'll take a pass on my intended complaint about the sudden and unannounced redesign. For individual articles, it is very easily readable and less cluttered. This app now looks more like it was designed for one of those "granny" phones sold to us old, doddering seniors.
However, the new app has an epic failure to bookmark one's previous location in the issue. This feature is fundamental to electronic publication and it's absence from the Maz version of BBW shows how little thought went into selecting a different developer. This new app is NOT an improvement.