iPhone X support 4/5
Can we have iPhone X support?
Looks are not everything 1/5
By call me fran
The new app does look much better and some notorious hiccups have been...well...replaced with others. A bit disappointing though, I'm sure, if one were to see the bill the Economist received from their developers after the launch party.
I don't much care for the audio features although it seems plenty of other readers have an effigy to burn in that mess, but the fact that charts and other graphics are not zoomable seems absolutely surreal; yes I do actually look at those. I have other gripes of course but no need to air them here. Due diligence and all to the Economist chaps - but please go back and dot the i's once you are done congratulating yourselves.
Also.. Night Mode is broken...
By Stef Geiger
This app is incredibly buggy, to the point that it's clear the Economist group has no respect for its subscribers.
Nov 21 update: still no fix for playback speed after nearly half a year of it being broken. Also while the app SOMETIMES remembers where you left off, it ignores your playlist/downloaded articles and instead reverts to streaming all articles.
Broken night mode 1/5
The latest update seems to have broken night mode - it resets for every article. Very jarring for someone used to 100% night mode reading. Also annoying how often it loses place within an issue, defaulting to the table of contents (after an ad impression each time).
Overall, the reading experience has degraded in the past year.
More bad than good in the new app 1/5
Love the The Economist. I use the app mainly to listen to the audio, the quality of which seems to have suffered in the recent update. Also the button that controls audio speed is now invisible for some reason. This continues to be a problem. They removed the incredibly annoying collapsing audio control menu (please NEVER bring that back). But the old version had the ability to order your playlist. PLEASE bring that back. Otherwise, the design is kinda simple and sorta meh. I don't understand why the quality of the app seems to be deteriorating over time rather than improving. Quite frustrating. No support for iPhone X yet and is therefore buggy on that device.
Still miserable after all these years 1/5
For anybody that is unlucky enough to want to use it on the subway, the economist seems intent on disrupting an otherwise great read with badly designed technology to optimize ad reads over ease of use so you mostly spend your entire journey waiting for ads to load.
Font too large on iPhone 1/5
Bring back normal and small sized fonts. It’s incredibly annoying having to perpetually scroll to read at even a slow pace being so few words are on the screen.
Real news 5/5
In a time of fake news, infomercials and infotainment we have few bastions of thoughtful, balanced news. Too few sources that are detailed enough to explore the subject. Thanks to the economist for keeping us informed enough to weather the storm of banality.
The Economist is great, but the app needs tweaking. 3/5
95% of the time the app is fine. I read an article and have to remember my place often because the app won’t do it for me.
App shuts down sometimes, mild inconvenience because it only happens if I’m taking too long to read something. I actually like to read the economist with the audio playing. But the audio reads so unbelievably slow. Can we please add some speed options? Or can I play it through a third party player?
Add audio speeds and I’ll change to five stars.
I love The Economist but was told it was a “business decision” not to maintain the multiple speed player. Whatever happened to customer service. I listen to this app starting every Thursday and used to get through the entire magazine often within a couple days. Now it takes me a full week - to listen to other podcasts I have to skip parts of this one. Very disappointing for the best business magazine.
messed up the update 1/5
The app is supposed to let you read the magazine offline, but it won’t let you read the magazines that you have downloaded if you are offline, because it gets stuck in the opening ad (the one you have to swipe) if you are not connected. This makes reading the Economist in my subway commute impossible.
Ok app 3/5
By Very unhappy very
Ok app can’t go from bottom of article to beginning of next. Magazine is great
What happened to speed control 1/5
Should have never updated this. What happened?!! I prefer to listen and now there is only one speed which is way too slow. Please fix!
Nov 15 update: still haven't fixed the playback speed button. It's there, but you can't see it -- like a ghost. Now when the audio is faster it is distorted and sounds terrible. How could this continue to be a problem?!
Always the best 5/5
By Shraga Pheivel
The Economist has always been, and we dearly hope it remains so, the paragon of news reporting. Not only are its analyses thorough and insightful, but its rendering of the English language exhibits an unearthly elegance throughout.
Horrible App 1/5
I would love to subscribe... IF the developers of this app would make it usable. The insistence on making users download issues is horrible, and the audio playback is nearly unusable. Just do standard modern app design, and you'll be ready to play with the big dogs...
Why does this app keep getting worse? 2/5
The Economist digital department should get its act together, because the quality of the iPhone app denotes a crass lack of concern for subscribers. After the audio quality decreased, the play speed button has now been hidden (the functionality is still available if you know where to press, which is laughable). The menu is difficult to parse, because it does not summarize the sections anymore. Finally, how difficult can it be to release a version formatted for the size of the new iPhone X? I believe that developers would have gotten advance notice of the new phone’s specs.
iPhone X compatibility 3/5
Looking forward to iPhone X resolution compatible
Horrible app 1/5
By HP's World
This is the worst version of The Economist’s app. Every time you open the app, you have to download an issue all over again, and then download the audio version again. Every single time. I tried changing various settings to see if anything works, but nope, if you closed the app and you opened it again after a while, you will have to download the issue again. Just takes away any ease you can think of in reading or listening to the magazine. Horrible app. What’s worse is, I sent an email to customer service a few weeks back. I haven’t received a response yet. Very dissatisfied.
Horrible new version 1/5
The current version of this app is buggy and poorly designed. When you switch away from the app without shutting it down, the app loses your place. You’re taken back to the table of contents. Worse, you can’t count on being able to read content you’ve downloaded offline. The app frequently prompts you to re-download issues you’ve already downloaded. If you don’t have an internet connection at that point, you’re out of luck. The previous version of the app didn’t have these issues. Is the Economist trying to drive away readers who use mobile devices?
Deletes my audio playlist everytime I open the app 1/5
I have had to download each issue everytime I open the app. My playlist deletes each time. Super frustrating and makes the app unusable
No ability to adjust playback speed 1/5
The only thing I use the app for is to listen to the audio edition. The latest update removes the ability to adjust playback speed making it practically useless. Every other podcast/audio app includes this basic feature. Why on earth would The Economist remove it?
Very good publication although opinionated 5/5
I really like the magazine even though some of the articles are very slanted and opinionated. If you read between the lines and make up your own mind you will enjoy the publication.
Terrible state of app maintenance / update 1/5
I primarily use the app to listen to the weekly magazine. It used to be a decent news app with very user friendly UI. In last several months, however, the new version of app has been very poor and buggy.
The playback speed button is not visible, it doesn't skip the sections you uncheck, playback speed gets back to 1 after each start, the whole app gets back to main after a 2-3 hour pause and you have to select and skip ad again, and background skipping and info are just not working most time.
Overall, I used to like the app and rated it top, but it has got so bad that I am posting a review and thinking of uninstalling, which is a shame since the material is actually really good.
Best publication for unbiased reporting / views 5/5
Best publication for unbiased reporting / views. App is very well designed and great.
Great content, mediocre app 3/5
Once the app sleeps it loses your place, and forces you through a seconds long and cumbersome ad screen. Quite frustrating.
Crashes nonstop. Can't use it at all. 1/5
Such a pity.
One step forward, two steps back 2/5
I’ve been a regular economist reader and app user for years. I appreciate that the layout of the app has gotten slicker and that it’s far less buggy. However, several months ago the developers removed the ability to play sound at faster speeds, and this has absolutely killed the app’s utility. This feature should be an major priority for the next update, and soon!
Can’t save issues 2/5
The good reviews seem to be about the quality of the magazine which none of us doubt. The bad reviews are for the poor quality of the app. What has been most frustrating to me is that every time I open the app, I have to redownload the issue. I can’t download a read later when WiFi is not available. And yes I checked the settings.
By Nicolas S,
Somewhere along the way, the good folk at The Economist updated the app and somehow made it so that it would forget where the reader last left off. Now I have to look at an ad and then remember what I was reading and navigate there.
I do not like this downgrading. Unfortunately I don't have much of a choice of mobile apps for reading this fine newspaper, so I write a negative review and hope the product manager reads it.
I’m a big fan of The Economist and, up until recently, of its app. But the new version of the latter frustrates me. First, it’s slow. But more annoyingly, whereas it used to let me continue reading a story where I left off when I had to briefly shut off my phone, it now forces me to start back up at the homepage, which is always preceded by an even more annoying advertisement. Please fix this.
Missing 2x Audio speed option 1/5
As always great content ..
I never read , only listen to Audio and it's really painful to listen at 1x speed
PLEASE REINSTATE OPTION TO LISTEN AT 2x speed
Audio Version!! 5/5
I really like the economist but previously had trouble finishing it. All that changed when I discovered the app and the audio version of each week's edition. Amazing!!
Absolutely terrible app 1/5
This app is so buggy it is unbelievable. The worst news app I ever used. It is too bad because the content is really good. Please fix your app
Audio speed needs fixing 4/5
I'm giving 4 stars based on the contents of the app. The app itself isn't nicely done.
- Whenever I leave the app I have to start from the cover again.
- The app isn't optimized for iPhone X yet.
- The audio edition only plays at 1x. I need at least 1.5x for normal podcasts but for economist I need more like 2x since the speakers speak slowly.
cannot download anything 1/5
By plz solve it
It’s like the bug have existed for over a month that I can download nothing, plz fix it.
It’s sad when updates are not improvements 1/5
The newspaper is still a wonderful source of news. But the most recent versions of this app have a major glitch: every time you leave the app and come back, it loses your place, and takes you back to the index. Usually this just means you have to remember which article you had been reading, but it’s quite an annoying “improvement” over the older versions that brought you back to the same article where you left.
A rather more annoying “improvement” is that at random, you are now forced to re-download issues you were already reading. This is unacceptably slow, and quite annoyingly loses your place completely. In an issue with 40+ articles, you are back to page 1 and have to find which article you were reading. It’s like a magazine that automatically shuts itself and loses your place, every time that you put it down.
Still love the content, but absolutely not loving the updated app.
App now TERRIBLE 1/5
This App used to be great, hence the high rating, but is now awful. I have had a subscription for three years and this will likely cause me to cancel.
I use the audio version, and the app no longer will keep my place consistently when listening to an article. I constantly have to try and find my place again, which the app does not easily allow you to do.
Secondly, the app took away your ability to control the speed of the audio. For a native speaker, the audio speakers speak very slowly to the point it is annoying. For busy professionals the audio speed features allowed for both a more comfortable listen and allowed me to get through articles quicker. Now they literally take twice as long.
Will be cancelling my subscription shortly without upgrades.
Deletes my downloads every couple of hours so have to keep downloading throughout the day.
Keeps erasing downloaded episodes. 2/5
By Ahmed Haroon
This version needs to be fixed right away. The loss of variable speed audio playback is a big problem. Also, there’s a glitch: every time I return to the app my recent downloads have been erased.
The journalism is all fine.
However the audio playback is incredibly buggy as of a major update about a year ago.
It is constantly losing my place and/or stopping in the middle.
In general, major overhauls can lead to stability issues in the short term, but it's not the short term anymore. These problems should have been ironed out months ago.
Navigation is a pain 3/5
By Jazz Picasso
Would be perfect if the app could remember where I left off on a particular article.
The Pocket app does this.
Can there be a button that says “Continue reading [name of article]”
It is particularly frustrating when I’m reading an old article and have to scroll all the way back down (which is very slow) then when I open that issue I need to find my article again.
What Happened?! 1/5
Hideous new design, poor functionality, doesn’t open to current issue. It’s so so bad. What happened? I’m very suspicious of these reviews.
Awful update 1/5
For those of us that depend upon the audio version this update is a nightmare. I can't understand why they can't revert to a previous version until they fix the playback issues.
By Rarely Angry
How can this app not allow to 2x speed on listens? These are table stakes! Get it together and update the app more than once a month
Poor app update 2/5
I’ve subscribed to print + digital edition for years but feel compelled to make a comment about the app. The most recent update removed the lock screen controls when listening to the narration. Also, the scrolling slider that exists in app to navigate through the article is impossible to use. If I’m distracted for a second and miss a sentence it is difficult to navigate back a few seconds. Why did this need to change? Here’s some advice: make a simple app where we can read an article and listen to it in a friendly way and then leave the app alone, forever.
Informative and convenient 5/5
Informative and convenient
Excellent journalism 5/5
To me: My daily / weekly one-stop-shop
By Robert E
I look forward to reading weekly “The Economist”. I value the integrity of its journalists and Editor. I no longer respect the majority of journalists and commentators in the U.S.A.
Painfully slow audio 1/5
It is painful enough to listen to mispronounced words; to have to hear them in slow motion because the latest app update does not include the ability to speed audio up is just excruciating.
I pay an awful lot for this publication and now I can read it way faster that I can listen to it. Only I cannot while I'm driving. Just awful.
Poor Audio Functionality 1/5
(1) There is no visible button to change the speed of playback. If you touch the upper right-hand corner of the playback screen the app will change playback speed. I found this out by happy accident. The app used to have a visible button that you could touch to change playback speed.
(2) Audio quality is much worse than before. I like to listen to news and podcasts at 1.5 X speed. I used to have no problem doing this with old versions of the app. Unfortunately, audio playback at anything faster than 1X speed now sounds like an awful digital recording, like playing an extremely low-bit rate digital music file at 1.5X speed. This makes it incredibly difficult to understand the audio while doing something else (e.g. exercising, driving, etc.). I think the poor digital audio quality is due to an effort on The Economist’s part to make the app less of a storage hog. The app’s audio now takes much less of my iPhone’s storage space than it did in previous versions. But the marginal cost to the user of the change (poor audio quality which renders the app almost useless for people who like to listen at elevated speeds) greatly outweighs the marginal benefit (extra storage space on the phone). The Economist should consider allowing subscribers to choose two or three different bitrates for their audio downloads.
(3) The maximum volume for playback on the app is relatively quiet, further inhibiting a user’s ability to listen to content while jogging, driving, etc.
I love the paper. Please fix the app!