5 stars to 1 4/5
By Simpson's lover
Update to previous review: They reached out to me and actually fixed a lot of my issues with the app update! Bonus points to active developers. The design has improved. They brought the bookmarks back! Well, my old bookmarks, thank god, but we can’t save new ones yet. Video functionality has greatly improved.
The sharing links and options didn’t work at all for a while, now they sometimes work. The sharing links and options need some serious work still. I actually share a lot of new info that CNet reports on to my clients. It’s a pain when just the title shows up and not a link to the article. Sometimes a picture and nothing else. Sometimes it works.
Previous review, was 1 star: I hate the new design and the feature to save articles is gone, as well as all my saved articles. Why would you take that away?
I would still give the original app 5 stars, it wasn’t as sleek, but it had flawless functionality.
Crashed still 1/5
CNET iOS app has been a phone freezer or crasher for a long time now and I’m sad to see that still is the case. Shocked tbh that it’s still this bad.
Updating is not better 4/5
Been using the CNET app for years, was my go-to source for tech news everyday. Latest update (“refresh”) is disappointing. Articles take longer to load (and some don’t ever load). App interface is not intuitive. Would rather have the old app back, it was faster, easier, and more dependable to use.
Edit: app is now faster to load articles, haven’t run into the issue with articles not loading anymore. I’m using the app more often again.
Hate the new layout. 4/5
I like being able to navigate the app better....this one seems so limited while the refresh looks like a 10, USABILITY is a 2...so it’s time to post this review then delete my app. You killed a nice useful app to make it more magazine like. After a new update I am changing my review from 1 to 4 stars....thanks for listening and bringing back support to look at and find video shows, now if you can find a way to find archived shows I will give you 5 stars.
No shows!! 1/5
Update 02/16/18 - Here is a possible solution to most users biggest complaint! Separate the articles from the video!!! Bring back our shows like Tech Daily, The Buzz Report, CNET on cars, crave, The Fix, The 404, prizefight, CNET tech review. Just some examples but I’ve been regularly watching since 2006/2007 and now I’m lucky if I even check in once a week. Your content is terrible and the delivery is abismal at best!
Your purpose is to keep and gain audiences. The new version of your app just screams go elsewhere for your tech content! Forget scrubbing video fix the content and delivery system, then work on fixing usage!
Still no change!! This app is crap!! No fast forward, no skip, no choosing what you want to watch without scrolling endlessly!!
UGH!! CNET get better people choosing how to deliver your content, and no we don’t want this!!!
Where are my shows??!! New update and everything is gone!! Please bring back the shows!!!
Another perfect example of what happens when a company decides what’s best for the audience!!
This deserves a rotten apple!! Crap update going somewhere else for my content! May check periodically!
Really really Bad 1/5
By will this even send?
Diagonal line??? Couldn't think of another way to waste screen space??!!! And let’s not forget to waste battery too with white backgrounds. What time is it? I don’t know. Let me kill the CNET app to see (you can’t see the time in the app). The old app handled videos much better, to say the least. But, I regress,.. wait, NO, it’s You CNET that has regressed.
It’s a horrible app, considering the size and power (and the freakin industry it covers!!!!!!!) of the company from which it comes.
YOU DESTROYED A ONCE GREAT APP 1/5
For the past year or so now, you have bricked a once great app and created a monstrosity. You decided to DELETE everyone's saved stories and links, which is just plain unacceptable. You also cannot even search for news stories anymore. And don't even get me started on the ads. So freaking unprofessional and glitchy, constantly opening new windows to safari with garbage unsafe ads. I am extremely dissatisfied and disappointed, and you should be to. For shame.
4 our of 5 ain’t to shabby 4/5
They need to tweak a couple things, not HUGE but minor things like; when I want to watch a video in “panoramic” simply turning my iPhone into “panoramic” nothing happens. You have to hit the symbol for “panoramic” and there you go, for me the process is almost archaic. BUT AGAIN, great app.
Auto playing videos 1/5
There needs to be an option to turn off video autoplay. It is very annoying. There is an option on CNET.com, there should be an option in the app. Update: Thanks for adding this option!
Developer Listened/Vastly Improved Experience 4/5
The CNET team listened and put in a setting to allowed users to turn off autoplay videos. Good job, app is really good and not annoying now.
Love it 5/5
Uh with a rating like that....... 1/5
It frequently lately tends to give me a snarky comment of “Am I underwater?” when it can’t connect. Surprisingly every other app with my iPhone 8+ under the same conditions don’t have that issue
Update is a HUGE downgrade 1/5
By Ryan Oberndorf
This feels like a stripped down Lite version. Save articles for later? Gone. Persistent video across articles? Gone. Darker background that isn’t harsh on the eyes? Gone. This version is a downgrade in every possible way.
Update: The update was updated again. It’s just as useless as before. What a dumpster fire...
Update 2: Bookmarks are back! Now with no easy way to bookmark an article without going to the article first! Like accessing your bookmarks the dumbest way possible? Well this update is for you! Now you get to click several extra times than is necessary!
So far on my iPhone X, this is lone app who takes advantage of notch and I like the UI. Great work 5/5
Agreed with 1/5
Most the other reviews. An auto mute would be nice to!
TEC NEWS 5/5
Excellent Site for Information
Not a good update 1/5
By Dennis Taylor
Since this last update I can no longer have the choice to look at just Apple News and rumors. It’s product specific like iPad or iPhone X. I liked it before when ALL Apple tidbits are available.
Poor search function 1/5
When I search for something, all I see is products not related to my search. For example "free malware" comes up with nothing
Auto-play videos 4/5
Update: When you click on a story that contains a video the video is now muted. I think that’s much better than auto-play with sound!
I wish there was a way to turn off auto-play videos. If that option is added I’ll change it to four stars.
Not as good as website 2/5
Does not allow you to browse through review subject headers like you can on website making it nearly useless.
Love CNET, just wish the videos wouldn’t zoom as you scrolled 4/5
CNET has been my main source of tech news for years. For the past few months, the app would crash every 2 minutes. Recently, I uninstalled and reinstalled the app, and it no longer crashes. Hooray! Now my only gripe is that when videos auto-play, they are zoomed in so you can’t see the left and right edges until you scroll down a little. The videos should not zoom in and out as you scroll the content.
Used to be great 1/5
By Racer ADG
Crashes constantly .... new interface is terrible .. not sure what the zoom in zoom out is for when you first click on an article .. even the content is not what it used to he !!
No Sound in videos 2/5
For the past few months every time I try to watch a video the commercial always has sound but when the video comes there is no sound. What's up with that??
Was A Good App 2/5
It is paired down now, with less product information and reviews. New layout is slick, but boring.
Remember when CNET was about tech? 1/5
It appears that the geeks have all been pushed out and the failures from Popular Mechanics have moved in. I can remember when CNET was about computers and technology. However, the volume of car reviews recently is overwhelming.
I know, the Detroit Auto Show is happening. I know there is a lot of tech in new cars. However, the number of articles about cars is way too much. Other product verticals have their big shows, and there isn’t this much coverage. Most of these articles about cars try to talk about the tech in them. Yet, so many articles about horsepower, design, colors and handling. This isn’t about the tech anymore. This is about cars, plan and simple.
It’s a shame that this publication and the supporting on-line tools have lost their way, due to an editor who has the wrong focus. If the argument is that too few people care about tech (really?!?) and the focus has moved to cars, change the site, the publication and the name to reflect the audience you think has more purchase power and influence and get out of our computer vertical completely.
Why won’t you? Not enough power of courage to throw away the consumers who are the base. If you can’t do it here, it proves why you have been changing jobs all of your “career”.
Stop the auto-play adds! 1/5
Honestly, I won’t use this until the auto-play video adds are removed.
CBS wrecking ball 2/5
By painlesspat 1
You have somehow wrecked my favourite app for tech news. All about cars and very old news.
Used to be great 1/5
Newest update seems to have fixed freezing issue, but now crashes more often. Also seems to be draining battery quickly.
Another update: Seems like CNET is adding bugs with each update just like Apple has been doing. App now randomly freezes.
Update: What happened to being able to leave comments in the app?
Update to latest update: Stories are loading! Yay! Hope it stays that way.
Will the stories not loading issue ever be fixed? The app is almost useless.
Latest update is buggy. Stories don’t load, so I’ve been using Safari to read Cnet. It’s too bad that it seems not all stories show up in Safari.
This used to be a great app, but they recently added ads right in their list of stories. This makes the ads look like articles that you might want to read. Their articles are getting overpopulated with ads as well. I understand they need to earn income, but this is very annoying. Other than that, their coverage of technology news is very good. They could use a proofreader, though.
From Great to Trash in one update 1/5
It used to be my favorite app for tech news Now it is merely a list of advertisements some of which appear multiple times as you scroll. They "sold out". I didn’t think it could happen to a source I have relied on for honesty and information for over 20 years. What a disgrace!!!
Mobile App needs work 2/5
By James Rinker
The newest layout is disturbing, hard to find item especially videos.
What happened to CNET on cars. The new layout ruined everything. Have to go to web. It will be deleted until things get back to normal.
Poor is exaggerating 1/5
By Fuji apple
Don’t waste your time. Deletion is only answer.
Constant crashing 2/5
I can live with the changes, but the app randomly crashes all the time. It’s not consistent what causes the crash, sometimes it’s a video, others it’s in an article, and sometimes it’s simply on the main screen. It’s like the app is inherently unstable. Please fix this.
Used To Be Great 1/5
I wonder how long it will be before CNET fixes the audio problem with their movies in the Latest section? The video plays without any problem, but there is no accompanying audio. The really odd part is that the audio with ALL of the preceding commercials plays without any problems.
I can't find anything. Where are all the shows? I watch apple. It's and I can't find a menu bar for more then just reviews.
No results 1/5
App does not find products that can be found using cnet website.
Change for change’s sake is bad idea 1/5
Classic example of a great app gone bad. The geniuses have just got to fiddle. The old app was terrific. Great info and news. The new app is a real step down. Cheesy stories in a slick package. I no longer feel the need to read daily. So disappointing
No Videos or Categories? 1/5
Not sure what has happened, but this app is pretty much useless now. A product search and a few useless stories are all that remain in the CNET app. What happened to Roadshow and The Apple Byte? No videos, no comments, and really not much for content. I used to be on the app daily, but now there is no point in even having on it on my phone.
They recently killed a good App? 1/5
The previous version was great. Easy to use, navigate, save articles, and retrieve, etc.
Am at a loss why you would update an app and REMOVE functionality so often used such as the ability to comment?
Instead of the "Good to Great" one expects, we received "Great to Almost Bad" ?
Loved this App and the site for information consumption, but in a complete pkg
Saddened by the recent iteration...
Not worth the time to write a page of thoughts.
What happened to the CNET I loved? 2/5
You guys blew it with this new app, and if I didn’t know better, it would seem that you stopped being a news source and have just become shills for your advertisers. You have an in depth coverage of everything Bose and Sony at the expense of every other brand, and what happened to all your video segments? Where are my photography reviews? Where has literally everything that you were good at gone?
This “streamlining” of your app and website was I am sure a good idea to some marketing wonk, but it is an affront to your base. I have recommended you to my non-tech friends for a decade, but I doubt I can do that any more. You need to look closely at why you grew a fan base, and see what you have thrown away. This “new improved you” is anything but!
Wonderful content; limited functionality 1/5
By Fat Tribble
Cnet content is fantastic, but the new app is not. It's more focused on product reviews than news. They seem to have removed the ability to filter news by Apple or Google or limit it to just videos. It's definitely streamlined if that means it doesn't do as much as the previous version. They seem to have jumped on the "What's Trending" trend as though we only care about popular stories.
December 2017: Thought I’d give the app another try, but quickly deleted it. It takes seconds to explore all of the News functionality because there isn’t any. It’s a scrolling list of stories. There are no categories, filters or sorting capability. Cnet will tell you what you’re interested in. Criticizing Cnet is not anything I enjoy.
Poor, no C.C 1/5
very poor, no closed caption so i deleted this cnet app, unfortunately!!
What has CNET become? 1/5
I can’t find anything now that I’m looking for. What a disaster to happen to such a great resource.
What happened? 1/5
By The Future is Now...
C-Net, why did you destroy your app? Now it looks nice and pretty but has lost much of its usefulness.
Why take away article searching? I can search for product reviews but if I want to read about a recent tech issue, I have to scroll through the entire news feed? That’s ridiculous!
Why can I no longer log in? If I want to comment on a story, you’re now going to make me leave the app and log into your website? How is that convenient?
If your point is to drive people to your website, then drop the subterfuge. Just add a splash screen statement that says: “Click continue to enjoy c-net ‘lite’. For the full experience, delete this app and just use your web browser”.
Was great! The update killed it.... 1/5
By Aaron Lloyd
I used to go on the app constantly to learn about all the new tech coming out and now I can't learn anything. The app used to be very informative and I could organize everything and find new products that suited me, now It just feels unusable. Ive refrained from using it since the update which is quite sad since I've been using the app for years and it had become part of my daily routine. Looking forward to a fix to bring back the old functionality that used to be there.
Give us an option to stop auto playing videos. 1/5
By DeAndre R.
It’s so annoying when I’m listening to music and trying to read a review, just for it to pause what I’m listening to to play a video over my cellular data connection.
Unnecessary reinvention 1/5
By Pittsburgh Andy
If you have not updated the app, suggest you do not. Completely unnecessary overhaul that is worse in most every way. Unfortunately, unnecessary overhauls seem to be the norm with almost anything Apple iOS related since 2013 Current Cnet app is just awful - Lots of wasted space, unintuitive layout, efficient layout. How can humans keep progressing yet iOS app designs generally get worse each year lately.
Used to be great now it's annoying. 1/5
By Gordon Von
The new update looks great but it's pretty poorly put together. There's no more video section, and no proper settings to be seen. Auto play video is extremely annoying, wastes data, and pauses my music constantly. That is a huge no no. I should be able to read an article without an ad or unwanted video playing in the middle of it, and again pausing my music. And there's no way to turn it off. Very poorly done c-net, I used to be a fan.
Update is bad 2/5
There are several things going wrong. The videos are missing he sound. The sound works for the ad part but there is no sound for the story part of the video. I thought an app update is to make things better and not worse.
Horrible update 1/5
By Hog's Breath
Horrible new format. Please go back to the old format where you could go to Apple news or how to for phones or how to for mobile apps. This new format does not work. Not happy at all.