Enjoy no drama in your reporting 5/5
By Mike P67
I enjoying reading and also listening to your articles. Less drama than other magazines and newspapers with just the facts. Also enjoying the 1843 magazine, which I was not aware of until it was mailed to me.
5-star content, 4-star app 4/5
The app should be better! It does a disservice to the very high quality of the content, especially the audio. Two improvements I’d like to see:
(1) Have a move back 15 seconds button on the audio. This is common in other apps containing spoken audio, such as Audible.
(2) The “download all” button for the audio should be smarter on slow mobile connections. For example, instead of starting downloading all audio articles simultaneously, it should start with the first few at a time. That way, we can start listening to the first sections while it’s still downloading the test.
Could be better 4/5
Improving but still has issues. Why can’t the app remember the font size? Always resets to the smallest. One of a few small things.
By Rap Genius 4 Life
Great app! One thing that could be added would be a built-in browsers for the blogs! <--- they know exactly what they need
Good app, need iPhone X support 4/5
Generally works fine. Ads are a little annoying, given that I am a subscriber, so already pay. Also, missing the iPhone X screen support, even though the Espresso app already has it. Isn’t this the primary app??
Ooooops....you’ve done it again 5/5
By Capt Sardonicus
After yesterday’s update now the audio goes silent when I close the iPhone screen. Before yesterday’s update I could switch the screen off or navigate to other apps and continue listening to audio articles.
Great App, minor problem with Text Size 5/5
By Rick Ovsky
This is a great App and a great newspaper!
There is, however, a minor problem with the Text Size setting: it “forgets” the size that is configured each time you go back from a story (goes back to small size).
Hope you can fix that in a future release!
Great content, terrible app 1/5
Buggy, crashes. And still no support for iPhone X after 3 months. You should change your app developer ASAP
The most informative magazine on the planet!!! 5/5
By geek in Silicon Valley
Must read or listen to if you have any spare time. It’s not just for economists.
Please update for iPhone X 4/5
Please update for the iPhone X. It's been months since it has been released.
This app is amazing otherwise. Having a download/offline format is convenient because if I only read the economist on my phone while traveling which often means no cell service.
Where is iPhone X full screen support? 1/5
By Bernard Hinaut
Where is iPhone X full screen support?
Content is great. Execution is left wanting.
iPhone X Update 2/5
Needs iPhone X update.
Does not remember where you left 1/5
I have being using this app for 5 years. The most recent updated broke it. Now every time I open the app I have to download the magazine I was reading. It does not remember which article I was reading. In addition, the night feature turns off when I pass the page.
By F. Tianwen
Great magazine, terrible app.
Old App Was Better 2/5
The new app interface is clunky and ugly. The previous one (from ~1 year ago) was elegant and worked equally good/bad.
Good app but could be even better 3/5
As far as the charts, fonts and readability the app is great but not phenomenal. I really like the addition of the audio aspect. Makes it easy for me to listen as I’m driving to work. My biggest request would be the ability to speed up the audio versions to either to 1.5, 2.0 or 2.5x similar to what you can do on an audiobook. The current audio pace is quite slow.
Fast and thorough 4/5
By John Sweeney
Seems to me I get it all on the app. Not as many ads as paper. I still enjoy the hard copy but am happy w this if need be. Definitely has a leftish political slant but generally knowledgeable economically.
Reasonable Facsimile of the magazine experience 4/5
Pretty good experience vis a vis reading the print edition. Performance and reliability good. Frustrating linking iOS subscription with ability to follow links to web version.
App needs work. Content is superb 4/5
The app should save your position when you exit so you can pick up where you left off.
Being able to submit a letter to the editor directly from the app would be a nice feature as well.
Best content out there.
Audio Speed, GUI interface, and Responsiveness 2/5
The audio speed button is invisible. I remember where it was from a former version of the app.
Although the app. has branding updates, the progress bar is narrow and hard to slide back and forth to re- hear portions of crucial content.
I strongly recommend restoring the cross hair slider on the progress bar.
The app. crashes, and seems to restart with every use.
The app. functions as if it were untested before release.
This app used to be great 2/5
When I discovered this app, I was very pleased. No longer would my toddler destroy my copy before I finished reading it front to back! Then I discovered the audio version and was even more pleased.
But then they updated it and since then I’ve found myself needing to download the same edition multiple times and then redownload the audio tracks. Today I’ve had to do that 3 times alone! And it’s only 1pm! This is frustrating because I often only open the app right before I’m about to leave home - not an ideal time to begin downloading since my WiFi cuts out at the end of my driveway along with my cell signal.
Please, please fix this. It’s beyond frustrating.
The Economist gives value added information on humans’ impact in the world 5/5
By M.Alejandra Brons
The articles are easy to read, relevant, in-depth, and their sources are given.
iPhone X 1/5
Needs iPhone X update
Removes download upon closing 1/5
iOS 11; iPhone 5S. The app removes the downloaded edition upon closing the app. Please fix.
Poor update and surprising lack of updates. 2/5
I’m stupefied how this app gets good reviews for the current version. It’s never scaled to iPhone X and has trouble giggling between whole screen and the navigation options. It gets two stars instead of one star because the content is still good.
Love it 5/5
A little liberal bent for me but always makes me think,a liberal Fox News. Avoids emotion. Love it!!
Love it 5/5
Best magazine ever. And matched with a flawless app.
FOX watchers 5/5
Too bad FOX News watchers find reading so difficult. This mag might wake them up.
App is terrible with audio playback 1/5
By Sleeping easy
World class editorial content is ruined by the removal of playback speed options.
I’m inclined to abandon my subscription due to indifference on the part of the Economist team.
This is the most cited issue with the app for over a year and no update has come close to addressing the issue. When emailing the economist team, one is confronted with the corporate equivalent of a shrug, presumably because subscription numbers haven’t declined.
Please join us in utilizing the technologies of 2018, Economist. I’d be shocked if the majority of your subscribers rely solely on hard copy magazines as their source for journalism. You’ve had this feature before! Please bring it back!
Further Steps Back 2/5
By Ivan O
The new app is a unmitigated disaster compared to the old one. My primary use case is listening to the audio edition. I'm on an iPhone 6S running 10.3.3.
It often forgets where I am in an article when listening to audio. When coming back to the app after partially listening to an edition, it often starts playing from the top of the issue even though Politics This Week isn't in my playlist.
If I don't let the app "think" or if the Internet connection is slow and I press play, it forgets my place in the article and plays from the top of the issue, including tracks I haven't downloaded.
I never know when it's going to remember my place in an article when switching between apps or if it has been in the background for a while (i.e., iOS garbage collection). When it does get shut down, it takes me back to the main menu and requires multiple steps to get back to listening.
It often doesn't restart playback after pausing or delays up to 20 seconds.
The accelerated playback button had been hidden. Good thing my muscle memory found it!
Audio quality is noticeably poorer than before.
The app is jerky and not smooth when scrolling and switching between screens.
Basically, you somehow adopted the worlds worst hybrid platform for developing mobile apps after having a perfectly good native iOS version.
Search is laughably bad.
iOS no longer recognizes the Economist as an audio playback app, and so it doesn't pause voice cues when navigating in Google or Apple Maps or when a notification comes in.
Perhaps for a similar reason, the iOS playback screen in Mission Control/on the lock screen doesn't track progress to allow one to view how far into a track one is nor time remaining.
I still can't easily get from the track I'm listening to the article it's related to if I want to look at a chart or table or photo. I have to get out of the playlist then scroll through the menu of articles, which is haphazard and inconvenient.
It's a real disappointment that the Economist's app cannot match the quality of the journalism produced by its staff. Whoever heads up the app product team should be fired.
I very much enjoy being able to conveniently read the Economist on my phone, though I would love to be able to take notes and highlight the article as I am reading. I religiously annotate what I read, and it would help very much to have these features. All in all, I love this app.
iPhone X Support 5/5
No iPhone X support?!
Constantly breaking app 1/5
Im amazed how often the economist manages to break this app. I exclusively use the audio version, and now suddenly it has stopped working if you minimize the economist app or lock the screen, which makes it completely unusable, since if yiu dont lock the screen and put your phone in your pocket, etc, the app will jump all over, or best case the phone will auto-lock in q couple minutes and the app will shut off. Ridiculous and useless.
Understanding how the world works 5/5
The Economist captured my attention several years ago with an issue left behind in my seat on a business flight. It provides a unique external view of the world separate from that which I find in various news outlets around the world. While all articles from all sources have varying degrees of bias, The Economist provides the most balanced fact oriented presentation of ‘how the world works’.
I will subscribe for life.
The best the best 5/5
By nader ben zeglam
It helps me a lot to improve my English language!!
Great app but without iPhone X support. 4/5
The economist provides great articles without a doubt but they still have not updated for iPhone X.
2x removed. Worst decision made 1/5
Listening to podcast at 1x speed is such a waste of time. I am not going to renew my subscription. I don’t understand why they would remove the 2x? Did anyone bother on doing a focus group in busy people?
Not iPhone X friendly 4/5
Needs to be updated for screen layout. Otherwise it’s ok.
Economist takes digital flight 5/5
This app should be a model for publishing, the easy flip from reading to audio listening and back is a minor miracle. Fingertip in article reference to maps and charts while in audio or reading mode should be next.
Buggy app 1/5
App does not support iPhone X. Night mode needs to be set for each article and only after tapping it twice ... Quite unacceptable for a subscription based app!
Audio feature broken 1/5
By The cool Isaac
Used this app years ago and it worked perfectly. Just resubscribed and it’s pretty much garbage. Not sure why they decided to make it unusable.
Playing/pausing audio doesn’t work. I have to close and reopen app regularly because it won’t play audio. This also applies to taking out AirPods—which auto-pauses audio.
App is slow. Slowest user interface I’ve ever seen in an app. Tapping, swiping, opening, etc all seems to have a second or do delay. App must be using some tricky coding to get such consistent results.
Also speed button is invisible. Makes for a cool Easter egg tho.
Please fix your app. I love The Economist audio edition, but this app makes it easier to pirate the audio and play through another media player.
Great weekly news magazine. Well written and researched. 4/5
App gives handy access before print version is available. Screen is not so well used on iPad though (4 stars vs 5). Fonts too big or lots of blank screen space. Would be nice if better laid out.
The magazine is great and the app is well made. Totally worth the money every year.
No iPhone X Support 1/5
Starting to get frustrating now.
Needs an update 1/5
The current issue I’m reading deletes itself every time I close the app, so every time I open the app the issue has to be re-downloaded. This is very frustrating and annoying. Please fix this bug.
The issue deletes itself when you close app 1/5
Need to redownload issue(s) every time I open app.
Best way to keep up 5/5
The economist gives me a look at what is going on all around the world. I enjoy getting a perspective from the other side of the pond
Easy to use - love the audio version 5/5
Without the audio version, I never would have the chance to read so much of the Economist! No more of just the “The World in _____”
Love this app. They really thought through the user experience and made consuming news fun and informative.
Not neutral 2/5
I find some of the articles to be very one sided and not neutral is it should be. Especially when it is regarding the Middle East. How come you never mention that casualties on the Israeli side?