New Upgrade is terrible! 3/5
While I love reading economist articles, the new upgrade has been awful. Previous versions saved my place and allowed to pick up where I had left off mid article on the text and audio versions. The new upgrade resets you to the main screen every time. Moreover downloads do not continue if you leave the app. I often have to sit with the app open to complete any downloads.
I hope the Economist recognizes and fixes these problems so I can return to focusing on what I love - enjoying their articles.
The Parrot is Dead!! 1/5
The latest app update is useless. Didn't anyone do user testing? I pay $130 annually for this content and the app has to be perfect, flawless, without a problem, narry a bug, absent of issues, THE PARROT IS DEAD.
Average rating is a sad joke for listeners 1/5
I'd give this a 0 if that rating was available. Probably will have to cancel my subscription to this excellent publication due to the continuing inability to create a useable app.
Love the Economist, the app is ok 3/5
I am addicted to the Economist. Balanced, intelligent, and observing the world from a different (not American) perspective is the best antidote to 4 years of Donald Trump. The app delivers this to me, as well as the cover to cover audio version which I listen to on my commute.
The rub is the app. When it works it's great. On several occasions though, I've ran into problems leading to multiple back and forth emails, deleting the app and reinstalling it, etc. The most recent update is visually appealing, but if your audio listening is interrupted, you get kicked out of not only the story you were listening to, but the entire issue. To get back to where you were you have to open the issue, skip individually over every article until you find the one you were on, then skip through that to get to your place, all the while hoping you don't get a phone call or anything else that will cause you to have to do it all again.
It is a sign of my addiction that in spite of these first world frustrations, I still use the app daily.
Balanced and informative. I have yet to be disappointed in The Economist. Or else I would stop buying it. Lol.
By Peter Peter X
How has there not been an update by now? 2/5
The other reviews have covered the myriad issues with the new app. In a nutshell, the audio functions are a complete mess. I was expecting an update within a week, but am still waiting. How has this still not been addressed?
Great magazine 5/5
Nothing more to say. Easy to read short articles but with important details. Progressive.
Scam app 1/5
What the developers fail to mention is that you only get 1 Story a day to read and after that you have to pay. Another app downloaded and then deleted within minutes.
Won't download 3/5
I am so frustrated I am about to canncel this stupid magazine because it won't download any issues in the app. It just kept on downloading.
Please Read This! 1/5
Did you change something with the audio??? I don't remember it sounding so awful in previous versions. It almost sounds robotic on 1.5x speed.
'Tis a shame.....I used to use this app only for audio.....now I cant stand listening to it for more than one minute 😔😔😔
A Sad State of Affairs 1/5
By Nathanfrom Akron
This update is pretty poor. My main gripes:
- Animations are laggy/ bad
- Removed the 0.25 speed increments when listening to the audio versions
- General sloppiness (i.e. words like "Downloading" too big to fit in the text graphic assigned to them)
Good Content, Terrible UI 1/5
By Caveat Emptor...
The title says it all. This app feels like it was designed in 2010 - you can't search, you can't read any articles without downloading the entire magazine. The Economist essentially takes every magazine they write and publish it here. In a magazine format. What a shame.
New version has seriously regressed 1/5
It's obvious that the new UI took 5 steps back. If this is a ploy to make subscribers buy the print edition as well, it's working.
Great magazine, terrible app 1/5
The latest version is huge step backwards.
Terrible. Terrible. Terrible. 1/5
By Can't stand it!!
Guys, what were you thinking?? I cannot believe this update of the app went through any sort of testing and someone thought, "Yep! Works great, let's release this!". It's diabolical!
Updates are supposed to bring improvements and enhancements. Sadly, this update of the Economist App is a colossal disaster.
A few of the most annoying issues:
1. The audio version doesn't remember where you've left off. Each time you open the app it takes you to the latest edition and it takes multiple swipes and clicks to navigate back to not only the correct edition but also the right article and position within that article where you want to continue listening from.
2. Cant find audio controls for stop, pause, next, etc controls - they're not visible / accessible when playing an article
3. It deletes previously downloaded content. (I lost all the audio content I had diligently downloaded before my travels... very frustrating while I was away from WiFi)
Something seems fishy too - there's no way this update can have ratings >4 as it supposedly does... I smell a bot! @ Apple, pls check this out...
Economist is great, new app is lousy 5/5
Slower downloads, forgets where I was, streaming often fails to move one story to next.
I love the economist and the audio version means I can consume more of it each week as I move through a busy schedule. I was very excited for streaming that the new app offered, but find the new app so buggy that I want the old one back.
Right intentions, but get some UX help.
A major step back 1/5
It was much better before, more functional and effective. Now if i try to scroll across articles it either send me back to the cover or I lose the position where I was. Please bring back the old version!
Good but the audio loses its place 3/5
Would be five stars except the audio isn't seamless when getting into my car. I listen on my commute and it used to seamlessly resume where it left off. Now, it loses its place and starts at the beginning.
Go back to old version 1/5
Here is how I use this app.
1. When a new issue is released, I build a playlist from articles that interest me.
2. For the next week, every time I open the app, I continue playing my playlist from where I left off.
3. When a new issue is released, go back to step 1.
The latest version has made this more painful in many ways.
1. When I click on a new issue, I wait on a downloading bar for over a minute. In the old version it would open right away.
2. Whenever I open the app, I am sent back to the page where I have to select an issue. This is almost always unnecessary, since I only want to change my selected issue once a week. It takes me four clicks to get back to my playlist. In the old version it would open up right to my playlist.
3. When I leave off in the middle of an article it sometimes forgets my place and rewinds back to the beginning the next time I come back. The old version always started back in the right place.
4. Overall the new version is uglier and clunkier than before.
In the past I have canceled my economist subscription because the app was painful to use. I restarted it and was satisfied that enough improvements had been made that it was worth using. Now I am not so sure.
Can I have the old version back please? 1/5
This is clearly not a native iOS app, but ported using some web framework.
The reactivity of the app suffers as a result. Downloads stop and images need to be reloaded. There's no new functionality of any usefulness.
Looks and performs awfully. Bring back the old version please.
Slower app, worse design 1/5
The last software update has rendered this app basically unusable. The download times for new issues have significany increased (it takes me 10+ min to download an issue now), and the new layout, design is buggy, makes the content harder to read.....
The old version was so much better 2/5
It'd be great to get back the multiple column view on iPad and the ability to customise the order in which the audio versions of articles are played.
A huge step backward! 1/5
By Murbar NYC
The new update is a usability disaster. Actually inconvenient to use and now a dreaded part of my daily routine.
Too many bugs to list.
Broken app-- update is terrible! 1/5
By Odin Elfson
I actually called the economist about a week ago- long term subscriber- told the very friendly rep that THE NEW APP IS BROKEN! Have seriously contemplated dropping my subscription. Did you guys seriously just update the Espresso app and not your core application??? Who the hell is heading your IT there?? Fire them and get someone who knows how to create an app. So many broken features I don't have the time/patience to list them all. What exactly are we paying for??????
Don't Upgrade! 1/5
I've worked with tech support for weeks trying to solve upgrade issues. No continuous streaming, bad audio, gaps in digital files, serious issues.
I prefer the older version 4/5
New version looks older
I'm not sure why there is an arms race to always be "upgrading" & improving apps. This last change is unalterably stupid. It keeps setting one back in the listen. I absolutely give up on why these silly changes seem to be required. Each one worse than the last. I absolutely tremble at allowing changes in my apps-they are usually so awful. Really, can't you people do better? Just go to sleep & leave the app alone. I wish I'd never allowed the last change!!!!
Wait until they do another update! 2/5
The audio quality is terrible and it seems there's something wrong with the speed now (could be imagining it but it seems that 1x is slower and 1.5x is a bit faster) also it doesn't remember your speed settings. Oh, and the progress bar doesn't let you reliably move back in a segment - the bar moves but then jumps back to where you were -most- of the time.
On my small iPhone screen the layout overall is less practical than it was. Seems like someone was over-designing.
The account page has some funny looking formatting.
The one good part is that adding articles to the audio playlist is much less fiddly than before.
Update: holy smokes this version is annoying. It doesn't keep track of which issue you are reading, it's hard seeing where you are in an audio playlist. They don't keep the place and don't list the name of the article consistently across indices. It's maddening. This is much worse in many ways than the older app.
Please, Economist, fix this mess.
Update: it's been weeks. Tell us what you are doing to fix these problems
Good for what it is, could be better 3/5
By Brendan O'Malley
It's frustrating-- I know the old version wasn't interactive but I loved knowing that I always had an issue downloaded on my phone.
Now, I got the new version and while it looks sleeker, it's beyond frustrating that I have to re download the issue each time you guys update something.
Horrible downgrade with new version 1/5
By D GF
Excellent news and information, but horrible new layout. The audio version does not allow you to sort articles based on preference. App is very slow and not intuitive.
Poor customer support.
New app terrible 1/5
Is there any plan to fix this terrible update? If not, I will cancel my subscription. This used to be one of the best news apps especially for ipad, now basically unusable. Incredibly large text, clunky navigation. Shame on the economist
Well based on these reviews I won't upgrade. I love Economist. And if table of contents is gone. WHAT! Update this review on July8. I noticed lot's of 5 star reviews "indicated" but sure can't find them to read. And the few I do are that they really like Economist. But why all the 5 star reviews we can't read? Hmmm. So I still won't upgrade.
Current Event & Analysis: facts, no spin 5/5
Since 1843, The Economist has been one of the standard bearers for current events, analysis and in depth looks at international politics and economics.
If you want info, read this. There are no scoops and reactionary spin. Just the facts and a good look at issues critical to our time.
Speed up unlistenable 1/5
The new version makes speeding up the audio unlistenable, with the voice becoming tinny and robotic.
Terrible update 1/5
New update is awful. Please make it so that the audio does not play on repeat. It's incredibly annoying. At least give us an option to either play once or in a loop. Very disappointed in the app designers.
Very disappointed. 2/5
When the new app first came out, I was surprised by the poor user interface and performance. I hoped that the issues would be addressed and fixed quickly, but I've barely noticed any improvements. This new version is much much worse than the previous version of the Economist app.
My review is not for the content, which continues to be impressive, but for the app itself.
I primarily use the audio version, and this has been made much more difficult due to the terrible new playlist functions. There is no "select all" or "unselect all" option. There is no fast forward button. When I move the marker along the timeline to a specific place in the article, it jumps back to a different time I didn't select. There is no way to stop the continuous playback. I would like the audio to stop when it reaches the end of my selected articles.
I also don't like that I often have to reselect the current issue when I return to the app.
I am giving it two stars, because I guess it could be worse. I hope to see an improvement soon.
Quality in research, reasoning and writing. 5/5
By anglo writing
Quality in research, reasoning and writing.
I really don't like the new update. The last version was great. Wish I didn't update.
Update: yeah, all these five-star reviews are a bit suspicious. If the app isn't fixed, I'm also ending my subscription.
At this moment in history, the best analysis of current events. 5/5
As broadcast and print news, with a few notable exceptions, trend towards entertainment and American millennials increasingly get most of the news from late night journalist-comedians (some of whom are admittedly quite good), the Economist provides a uniquely thoughtful perspective on the news. It's tilt towards economics is not, as in the US, slanted towards upper middle and upper class values and concerns (even in public broadcasting). It keeps an even hand in evaluating the impact of events and it's moments of advocacy and critique are uniformly well taken. The subscription is pricey and worth every nickel to someone with their thinking cap on.
love the mag, hate the app 1/5
doesn't save your spot if you change screen in anyway - forces you to go back to the story and find the place you left off - really annoying if you accidentally move onto the next story and want to go back - have to scroll all the way down to find your place.
Bad update 1/5
By C. Burgers
The new update is not great: the audio version's 1.5x speed sounds terrible now, also the app doesn't remember my audio speed preferences as it used to. Please bring back the classic!
Update is a flop 2/5
The new app is mostly downgrades: issues download more slowly, bookmarking and navigation is clumsier, and leaving the app means losing your place – not just within an article but even among the issues. Were the content any less compelling, I would not tolerate such bugs. As it is, I rely on this newspaper and will keep slogging through the terrible app in hopes that they'll revert or rethink.
Latest update reduces audio quality 4/5
I love the app, but disappointed that the latest update reduced audio quality. I suppose it helps when streaming the audio, but the audio is degraded when listening at 1.5x and especially at 2x. The newsreaders are too slow for my taste so I routinely use 1.5x.
Also I miss being able to zoom in on the cover.
Update: they seem to be including more frequent updates of the content, which requires re-downloading. I just use the audio so that delays (or halts when away from wifi) my use of the app.
A serious downgrade from the previous version 1/5
By A Frustrated Reader/Listener
Update: The first week or so of reviews of this version were appropriately terrible, but now a suspicious flood of 5 star reviews (with no written comments) has magically brought up the average. Don't trust them. No self-respecting Economist reader/listener would rate this version highly. It is a measurable step backward. I eagerly wait for an update where they will correct the numerous problems with this version.
Original review: This is the first review I've ever written about an app. I normally look forward to the upgrade of an app I use a lot like The Economist. I expect a few kinks, but there are usually some good new features to overbalance the inconvenience of adapting to a new interface. Not this time. I've tried to be patient and have emailed tech support to ask about a couple of missed features (no response yet). But I just have to vent a little frustration here. What could they have been thinking with this! The old interface wasn't perfect, but it worked in so many ways that this one doesn't. I primarily use the iPhone app to listen to the audio, and this version really worsens the audio experience. The playlist feature is basically non-functional and the audio controls are not as easily accessible. The design is clunky and awkward. Please just quietly admit the mistake and give us back the old version.
New Platform is Awful 1/5
Your switch to this new platform has significantly worsened my listening experience and is an enormous step backward. The magazine itself takes forever to download now, the audio files take nearly three times as long to load, and every time I leave the app I lose my spot and have to re-open the issue and search for where I was, which is dangerous while driving. As an audio experience this app is awful!
Saving issues 1/5
By FIFA n00b
Downloads the issues over and over every time I want to read it.
It's been 25 years 5/5
Over the last quarter century many publications in my life have come and gone. Too many. The Economist has endured. I order the UK digitally and the US as a paper copy. Why has it endured? Well, if you don't know the answer, it simply means that you not yet subscribed. So sign up and improve your world!
Cool new UI but with some bugs 3/5
The new update is nice along with the ability to stream the audio portion while it downloads . Unfortunately I'm getting two bugs; one where the audio doesn't remember where I left off , the other where it won't automatically download the latest magazine on wifi .