Pay for news? 3/5
Like the idea but news is everywhere. Yours is special the way you set it up, yes. But I can’t bring myself to pay monthly.
Like cancer for your phone 1/5
This is the worst app. I thought it would be something I could use in the mornings during my commute to catch up on world news or current events but nope. It's more of a summary of what happened on Vanderpump Rules and the other garbage on Bravo! and E! Network. Seriously save your money and buy an newspaper once in a blue moon. You'll be better off.
Subscription fee 1/5
There are plenty of services related to financial news that are completely free. This is gonna be a no from me dog. Also, seems very leftist in the way articles are written...like Wut? Who tf uses CNN as a reputable source?
Best app ever 5/5
By Jeremy D Barr
I LOVE curated content!! The calendar part, brief reads, audios, notifications...love it all! As a tech guy I need a lot of data quick...this 💯
Often irrelevant / pop culture 2/5
By Ari Maarie
When I first used this app it gave a lot of relevant skimms on what was going on in the world. It covered world leaders and history behind a lot of buzzy things you’d hear in the news. It covered things like the history of ISIS and other worldly things that I found interesting and relevant. I had a lot of fun going back through previous skimms and learning.
After subscribing I realized skimms only come out about once a week. At 10mins a pop and not very interested in the article style skimms over the listening; the app got old fast. Then to add to it all the skimms lately are about the olympics. Things like the Tonya scandal and the city built for the Olympics. Just a bunch of very pop culture stuff for a month now. I got the app for news, history and learning and it seems this app went astray of news in favor of pop culture. I’m also not very interested in the Olympics so Skimm has been useless to me all month. Might be relevant to someone else, but I canceled.
Listening to skim 4/5
I like to listen to the skim notes in car. It would be great if it automatically went to the next one and played. This way I don’t have to pull over and do it
Written by and for millennials 1/5
A great app... if you like your news articles written by 13yos like a buzzfeed article. I'm not sure how I can take articles about politics seriously when the writers use teen slang and write at a 5th grade level.
Love the Skimm and the idea of this app but 3/5
I wish that instead of just the notes being read..we could get the actual skimm daily newsletter read aloud. I commute 45 mins in traffic everyday and would love if I could play this to kick off my drive! Otherwise, there isn’t much need for the app. I like the calendar of events and the little tidbits that let you dive deeper into a subject by don’t neeeeed those for $20/year. I forget about them half the time anyways. I’d pay to be read the skimm and additional news.
Good app but annoying voice 3/5
I like the content in this app, but honestly the voice of the person reading the news is a little hard to listen to. She needs to soften her tone or lower the treble on her output of the recording.
Why would I pay $2.99 a month when I get the daily email for free... 1/5
Not cool that you have to sign up for the 30 day free trial just to check out the app features. Then when you forget to cancel you pay $2.99 per month for the same information you send me in an email for free. Who wants to pay to for what you already send me for free.
Snarky, accurate "Skim over the top" 5/5
Excellent way to get the top stories summarized with links to analysis. Calendar interaction works well. Less NYC, popular culture centric would be nice - but then I'm not 30 either.
Considering the price of a subscription to the NY Times, Washington Post , the SKIM is a bargain
Skimmple Reading Made Fun! 5/5
This is the perfect format for me to stay up to speed with the news!
insignificant news 2/5
I liked the idea of being able to listen to important news excerpts in the morning, but the skimm does not report on hardly anything worthwhile. It’s an app for 14 year olds who want to hear the latest world drama and maybe a snippet or two about relevant and significant world politics and news. I think the wording of the articles is supposed to come off casual, but really it just sounds immature. To put this into perspective, one of their news highlights for a summary of 2017 was that “Taylor Swift has a new boyfriend.” Case and point. Ridiculous.
Makes My Mornings Better 5/5
I have been a loyal Skimm’r for years now, love the app and I have no qualms about paying for the annual subscription. Sure, I could read a dozen publications to find the information but to have someone so perfectly extract the relevant stories and curate them in a digestible manner so that it takes me 10 minutes to have real talking points before I walk into work is priceless. It’s seriously on par with having a personal assistant do the work for me. And I can’t afford a personal assistant, so thank you Skimm.
By Great App..password overkill
I’ve been using the skimm since it was just a daily email service and they’re still my favorite news outlet. They make it so easy to keep up with everything going on in the world! And the calendar is the BEST!!!! Keep doing what y’all are doing :)
The best 5/5
The best way to get your news daily! Hands down
Best Way to Start the Day! 5/5
I’m busy and on the go all day. Skimm lets me review and stay up to date. I listen to the sometimes funny and very informative notes, and truly appreciate the easy to understand, non judgmental deliveries. I highly recommend ✔️
Money grab. .. 1/5
First, I would guess most of the glowing positive reviews are fake. Evidence: Notice the reviews are either 5 stars or 1 star, not much in between.
If this app were a buck I might be into it. But 2.99 monthly for a few calendar items and a podcast?? They are interesting but this is a money grab. And I found it confusing to quit after the free trial. Don't download this app.
Love the Skimm 2/5
It is really difficult these days to find credible info that is non partisan. I am continually frustrated with journalism in America. The internet does not take down old or disproven info or articles. I suppose it will only get more saturated in the future. I have been following the Skimm almost since it’s inception. I am completely satisfied with the unbiased reporting they write. Love the trivia and extra info on what’s going on today. And having a little snarkiness makes me laugh. This ap is worth every penny!
Truly Amazing! 5/5
I am so glad I found this app before I went to DC! It’s a great way to stay on top of the news as I use my phone calendar for everything. Also, all the features about the books and the audio podcasts are so interesting and digestible. I have no idea how I lived without this app before!
Skimm to keep up to date 5/5
The Skimm enables me to be up to date in an informative and interesting way.
Oh heeeyyyy...This is awful 1/5
If you were looking for an app that calls on the cast of Laguna Beach to break down (sort of) relevant news, current events and calendar entries, this is for you. From news about “the ‘Zon” (Amazon) & other painfully kitschy and unhip slang, you begin to question who was more uncool in school, you or the developers.
At $2.99 a month for the privilege of suffering through a painful interface and the destruction of the English language, you’re better off buying a workout app. You’ll feel more cool that way.
Great idea, poor execution 1/5
I feel bad giving negative feedback about this app, it really is a promising idea. However, I don’t understand why there is a mandatory subscription, there is no information being shared that isn’t already easily accessible online. Moreover, the person who gives and explains information about various political and social topics in the ‘podcast-part?’ of the app is intolerable; it’s less informational and more like listening to someone judge, muddle up facts, and even throw shade. If you are looking for something educational as well as professional, this app is not for you.
UPDATE: BIAS ALERT 2/5
UPDATE: BIAS ALERT.. Soo the Skimm adds info about the liberal “Women’s March” (which is really just an Anti-Trump Protest Ralley) but does not mention the YEARLY “MARCH FOR LIFE” [a yearly PRO-LIFE MARCH since 1974!!!].. even though President Donald Trump is speaking at this Pro-Life March... Sooo sad!!
[MAINSTREAM MEDIA COVERAGE: The 2017 Liberal “Women's March” received 75 minutes of news coverage between the mainstream Networks while the “March for Life” received just 35 seconds.]
GOOD THINGS about the SKIMM:
Love how all the NEWS-Dates are transferred onto your iPhone Calendar automatically if you want. Example: If I want the Playoff Football Games Info & the Super Bowl too—along with it’s: Game Times, Date, what Channel it will be on — that INFO is transferred on my calendar (if I want it) very nice! The minute this becomes just another LIBERAL news-source (ie like much of our U.S. Mainstream Media) is the minute I delete the Skimm.. but yeah it’s center LEFT for sure.. but not crazy left.
After you use-up the Free Month Trial you have a choice to either pay $2.99 a month or $29 a year.. by default it goes to the $2.99 a month fee-- but you can change it to $29 a year in your Skimm settings.. they don't tell you that upfront.. a bit ambiguous.. which sadly might turn potential Skimm customers off that don't like and/or don't do monthly subscription payments. They should let people know in advance on the App Info of the two choices. :)
One sided news source 1/5
I was very excited about the features of this application. The weekly podcasts are a great feature. However, their most recent one on our president, was enough to make me unsubscribe. I really thought their regular news was pretty fair and non opinionated, but this podcast on Trump was simply wrong. He is our president and alll The Skimm Did was bash him. They did not focus on one of the good things that he has done for our country. It is clear what side The Skimm is on and are promoting their liberal views to their listeners. Even if they are not Trump supporters, he is still our President. I was a huge advocate for this application and company, supporting their business, but I just can’t support a company who people trust for their news daily when they are so one sided.
Best thing ever 5/5
The only way I manage to fit in being informed. Thank you Skimm!
This is a tricky app 1/5
I hate when I try to check on an app to see if I get it and they charged me right way when I try to see the free trial please I need my money back right now this is disrespectful
Great Potential: two issues 3/5
I love the idea because it gives unbiased presentation of important information in a fun accessible way. This could really help raise civic awareness. I just have two issues: the first is that the ratio of entertainment/fun-content to real-news-content favors the former a little too much. The second is that there’s a subscription fee. No matter how much value people get from an app, a large subset of the population will always turn down an app that charges money. If raising civic awareness is the goal, then the app should do away with the subscription fee.
Terrible, biased, not worth a penny. 1/5
Terrible, biased, not worth a penny. I thought I would get news, instead it’s all junk opinion
Well done... just one plea 5/5
I will pay for this because it does offer more than other news feeds. I don’t have a lot of time to read or even skim all the news that is on my other news feeds. They offer an audio Skimm on key topics- I especially like the series on world leaders. I wish they would add more of these- I can listen to them while driving and get a good base of what I need to know. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
Good idea, terrible implementation 1/5
Set up is easy, but then the news it pushes is not relevant to your choices during setup.
Also you can’t cancel the service on the app itself. They give you a series of 5+ steps to cancel... very sleazy
Smart and Great for Busy People 5/5
The Skimm is like talking to a really smart, informed friend who breaks everything down for you in simple words and concepts and manages to give you a ton of information you don't tend to see everywhere. I love it!
Not Unisex 3/5
From it’s design, to it’s language, theSkimm uses terminology and aesthetics that are exclusionary, even for some women (i.e., even my girlfriend found that theSkimm’s tone-of-voice to be “too girly”).
The simplicity of the app is great as well as the distillation. I just think they’d have a larger audience if they were a little bit more ambiguous about who they are trying to cater to. Point in case: I’m too ashamed to tell my guy friends about it.
Quick, thorough and neutral read 5/5
Read it every morning.
Okay....if you supplement with other sources 2/5
Very bias views on certain topics. Limited information, leans politically and socially one direction and doesn’t give other opinions.
Not a good “one stop shop” for all your news. Not even good for “getting the gist” of what’s going on due it it’s bias nature.
International news is severely lacking.
I like the idea of the app; however, there is obvious bias in the content.
My most coveted news source... 5/5
... is also my non-guilty morning pleasure. Way better than waking up to the ever-dissatisfying Facebook newsfeed.
Pretty good overview 4/5
The tone is a bit sophomoric but the feeds are good.
Thanks Jenna & Julien! 4/5
I’m yet to use the app, as I just use the email service (it works best for me). I installed the app solely for this review.
Skimm is such a convenient thing for nowadays. I don’t have to spend twenty minutes a day googling all the news. I can, as the name says, skim it every morning.
I also wanted to say, I’m a huge fan of Jenna Marbles, Julien Solomita, and their podcast. I didn’t sign up with their code or whatever, because I had no interest in winning the contest (I’m underage, I didn’t think I would be eligible), but I wanted to show support to them.
Hat’s off, I really enjoy the emails every morning.
You WON’T be disappointed 5/5
What a cheap way to get the gist of what’s happening in the world. They also add links to read or watch more in depth information on each topic.
Support quality and convenient journalism 5/5
I’ve been subscribed to their emails for a while so now I battled with whether or not I wanted to subscribe for the app. The calendar and the little podcast snipers are fun but that’s pretty much all that’s extra on top of what you get in an email. They’re fun but I couldn’t decide if they were worth 3 dollars. Then I started to think about it as if the emails weren’t free. Each daily skimm would cost about 10 cents with the subscription, then with everything else thrown in as well I definitely think that’s worth it! It’s hard paying for something you can get for free, but this service has become something I depend on. It’s punny and informative and something I want to stick around so when I take that all into account, 3 dollars a month is a steal. Hooray for quality and convenient journalism!
Great content - but lose the cute Mean Girls references 4/5
I absolutely love the concept of DailySkimm and I am a regular listener/reader. It really helps mold a fundamental understandings of greater issues taking place today.
HOWEVER, everything from the baby nursery jingle in the opening to the “How the F..” inserts I find terribly annoying. It’s like they feel the script needs to be dumbed down to keep young audiences looped in and, as a fellow member of this demographic, I find this a bit irritating. I wouldn’t be surprised if they compare Trump to Regina George - can we just keep it straight to seriousness of the topic, please?
Ho hum 2/5
For $2.99 a month...I feel like I should be getting more for this subscription. The short daily news summary idea is great, but the latter half of it becomes advertising. I feel like the price isn’t quite worth the info. Please do a weekend edition at the very least...
Be careful 1/5
Sneaky taking money from me like that. How do I cancel.
Love to Skimm 5/5
I love the information I get from Skimm.
The writing in clever, the topics relevant, not biased. I don’t watch the news much anymore, I feel Skimm cuts to the chase.
I am so glad my friends introduced me!
How do I cancel? 1/5
Not easy to find headlines. Hard if not impossible to customize. Seriously, how do I cancel.
Easy to digest news for the busy professional 5/5
I love that this app provides me a layman’s terms version of what’s happening in the news, politics, media, etc. I don’t have to try to research more information online unless I’m really interested in a specific topic. I work at least 40 hours per week - sometimes 60. So listening to the “notes” is helpful for me on my way to work. If you are extremely knowledgeable on politics, geography, history, and just generally what’s going on in the news then this isn’t the app for you. It’s for someone who barely has time to work, eat, sleep let alone know what’s going on. OR just a more digestible factual explanation of trending topics. Highly recommend and worth the small monthly fee!!
My Reason 5/5
What’s the reason to pay? I don’t have to update my calendar. Skimm does it for me. I don’t have to read lengthy news articles. Skimm brings me important points in way that I can relate and understand. Why pay? Because you get what you pay for, so I pay for Skimm. I stand behind their BRAND.
Worth the tiny fee 5/5
theSkimm daily has been such an additive service in my life for the past few years - I had to sign up the day skimmahead was launched. The calendar integration is genius and appeals to my serious brain and flighty spirit. Onward ho team skimm!
Updated app now charges for DailySkimm 1/5
When I first installed this app I could read their dailyskimm newsletter for free - which I can already do via email but I found this slightly quicker to access. I was only asked to pay a subscription for the other features of the app (which I did not use so did not pay). When I got a new phone and installed the latest version of the app, now no content is free, even the exact same newsletter I receive via email for free. The convenience of using the app over email is not worth a monthly subscription fee to me. Uninstalled the now useless app. Disappointed with this change.