Wow! An magazine app that can't be read. No landscape. No font adjustment. You need to supply a magnifying glass to read the minute font.
I like the "PDF" view much better. Just wish they would increase the resolution a bit. It already looks grainy even when you zoom in just a little.
Too difficult to read on iPhone 1/5
By Avid Hôrer
When I am able to expand the page so there is only one column I can read it. However this configuration is very unstable. The app as is, is nearly useless for my iPhone (6 plus)
Online version requires renewal 1/5
Even though I just bought a subscription, Time wants me to give credit card info for automatic renewal.
This app is a piece of junk 1/5
I have a subscription to the print mag, & cant download the latest issue! What the hell??
Simpler than I thought it would be. 5/5
I thought id have to call in and confirm my subscription... But no all needed was a name :D
One word, disappointment 1/5
User PlanoPilot pretty much summarised everything. I recently resubscribed because of how fun it was previously to read the magazine from iPad with all the interactive contents and great layout. Now the text is small, rich content is gone. The user experience drops from 100 to 0.
No joke, if you're serious about your subscriber, you should put in as much effort to presentation as you do in content.
Incredibly disappointed. I haven't written a review for very long, but the experience I used to have was very very good. Hard copy isn't the future. digital copy is, but you guys screwed up the app... going from hero to zero. Man..
Not serious about digital 1/5
By a guy who reviews stuff
If Time Magazine was serious about digital releases they would make a version optimized for the iPhones aspect ratio. It's absurd that on my 5.5 inch screen there are two large black bars of unused space on the top and bottom of the magazine. I know this would involve reformatting, but if Time were serious about digital subscribers they would do it.
Bookmarks are needed! 3/5
By Asian XTC
Bookmarks are still needed! The "Last Read" option doesn't always seem to work right. Also, as many have been stating the font is really small in recent digital issues. I have good vision but trying to read the long articles can get painstaking. I miss the interactive parts of the app, too. Please bring it back!
I do like having the Time Magazine app, though ... My hard copies seem to make it to my APO address a whole month later.
Updated with great, user friendly (even on iPhone) article organization. Very excited! Thanks.
Whoa.. I just bought a subscription to use on my phone and I'm shocked. I want to return it. It isn't adapted to mobile or tablets at all. I have to zoom in on the actual magazine, essentially. The font is too small, and zooming in causes me to accidentally turn the page. Look at other magazines and copy what they do with their apps. I can't even believe a magazine like Time would have this issue..
No portrait mode 1/5
You'd think they'd make it easier to read by allowing you to view the article in portrait mode. When I go to zoom it in it often pulls the next page into view as well. Too bad they don't read the overwhelming negative reviews for their app. It seems like they are out of touch with their readers.
Bring Back the iOS Edition!! 1/5
By Fr. Jared
I used to love this app. It was optimized for use on an iPhone and it meant I could keep up with the magazine no matter where I was. Now all you get is the PDF that you have to zoom in on, as many people have noted. This makes it very hard to read and remarkably unpleasant. I'm beginning to wonder if I should just cancel my whole subscription. It was the digital app on the iPhone that kept me as a subscriber. I have been waiting, hoping it was a glitch and they would bring it back… But no changes yet. Tremendously disappointed as someone who has subscribed to this magazine since I was 16 years old
Bad format of the content 1/5
Despite the recent reviews, the app is still capable of supporting interactive reading vs PDF zooming/panning. Try open any issue from 2015/2014. I think it's just with the recent issues, TIME took a shortcut and didn't deploy them as interactive content. I believe we should put pressure on customer service, to make them deploy issues as rich content as they used to do.
Essentially a PDF 1/5
Please bring back the previous version of this app. The current one is unreadable.
Used to be Great! 1/5
By Finger pointer
If you have had this subscription in the past you know how great it once was. Now it's just a scrolling pdf. I recently subscribed again and wish I had not. I expect more from Time.
A pitiful excuse of an app for a great magazine 1/5
As others have pointed out, the app is nothing but a PDF with none of the interactivity it used to have. Here are my main gripes with it:
• The default font is tiny and non-adjustable
• You can make the font bigger by double-tabbing the screen but then it is too big! You can adjust it using the reverse-pinch gesture but that's annoying to do that for every single page!
• In the Table of Contents you can't click on an article to go to it. It would be pretty easy to build this functionality into the app. God only knows why they couldn't go the extra step to make this happen??
• There is no interactivity—the app is now flat and lifeless! Why even haven an app? I guess it's just a delivery mechanism for the lame PDF.
I'm going to call Time up right now and either get a refund or get a printed version which would be way more satisfying to read than this disappointment!
Digital not worth it 1/5
The app is almost completely unusable...it's just a PDF; the text is ridiculous small and hard to read. Every time you zoom in attemp to read the small text, the page turns. It is not optimized at all for the the iPhone like it used to be. If you double tap to zoom and then pan the page, the page changes on you. It does not fit to the screen and interactive like it used to be. The app is so glitchy that it is literally impossible to read with out a person finding a person. I enjoy reading TIME, but I guess he only tru way of enjoying the magazine is by waiting for the actual physical copy to arrive in my mail box. Not happy at all...
Worst App 1/5
This App is awful as it will not reliably identify subscriptions and denies access no matter how many time you put in customer number, email and data. It is not surprising Time is having so much trouble as a publication when it is so Mobile user unfriendly. The access system seems to have need designed in the era of the IPhone 3.
Also customer service is non-existent. I wish I could get back the $180 I paid for the subscription. Avoid at all costs!
Terrible App 1/5
By Sister Patricia
This app is very hard to read. The print type is too small and when enlarged you can not see whole page.
Cant navigate to an article from index but have to page through every page to find anything.
Orientation is wrong for iPad.
Useless since Jan 2017 1/5
I can't believe it. This app went from superb to useless in a blink. I will now cancel my subscription. Like many has commented it is now a standard PDF copy of the printed magazine.
Horrible app 1/5
By Goel Family
Bring back the old app. New one is horrible with tiny fonts and no scaling.
Poor user interface 1/5
By Student of Business MJP
The articles cannot be read without zooming in. The pictures are split between two pages. Nothing can be read on a smartphone, and I only have the digital subscription. Reading time used to be enjoyable, but not on this app. I need an update or I will definitely be unsubscribing.
Not User Friendly 1/5
This app is horrible. It may be designed to look like the print magazine, but that is not how you navigate or read electronic content. The amazing thing is that in light of the many negative reviews Time has not addressed the problem. Time - you have world class content that deserves a world class platform.
Digital version no longer worth it 1/5
By Bronco 34
I have nothing to add to the recent negative reviews. The print edition is now far superior to the digital version if, for no other reason, it doesn't weigh as much as my iPad.
Croppy, naive app 1/5
I am deeply disappointed in the quality of this app.
- no landscape mode
- inconvenient enlarging: it easily flips to other pages during enlarging action
I am considering to quit.
Bad browsing experience 1/5
By Mehrez s
Oh please time you can do better than this PDF like browsing. Check out NYT or others.
This needs to be better formatted for mobile. I don't want to browse scanned magazine pages by swiping to flip pages. I sign up for digital access to have an experience much more similar to Time Mobile where everything is formatted nicely and I can swipe to navigate articles and scroll through articles to navigate the content. That reflow for mobile devices is key.
I kind of don't want the entire year of access now, this app is ridiculous.
Unreadable App 1/5
I renewed my subscription to Time on my iPhone after a year off. The app's utility now compared to a year ago is like night and day. The magazine was easy to navigate and highly readable last year; the current app has been modified to be unusable and inconveniet. Apparently, the modification goal was to display a page at a time. This was done the expense of readability which requires swiping out for small print. Also gone is the previous flexibility in quickly moving from one article to another without tedious lyrics scrolling through pages. Until Time fixes its app for phone usage, don't waste your money.
What happened with this app? 1/5
It used to be great on the mobile version but now is unreadable on my phone. Just cancelled my subscription. Too bad I paid for a full year in Sept, ends up being a waste for nine months.
Unreadable & Unusable 1/5
The recent changes in formatting TIME for iPad has rendered an excellent product unreadable and unusable. The print is too small, and moving from page to page when the print is enlarged is problematic. Why the change since January? Subscribers pay extra for digital editions--definitely not worth it with this version. I'll revert to reading my print magazine; a huge step backwards. Very disappointed, TIME.
40+ year subscriber
Font Too Small to Read 1/5
By Jim NY
In the past, the iPad version was wonderful. Now it is totally useless because you absolutely cannot read it!! My subscription is about to run out. I will definitely not be renewing until I see favorable reviews. By the way, Newsweek is still very readable in the iPad format.
The worst app of all the publication apps I have. 1/5
By Devan's Fan
I assumed the Time Magazine app would be in the same league as the NYT, WSJ, LA Times and the New Yorker apps. This app doesn't come close. No look-up function for vocabulary, no landscape, temperamental function bars and poor navigation functions make it a frustrating experience. Worse, the contents page is just a list: touching the title of an article doesn't take you to the page. Who's in charge? I never pay for an app without reading reviews, but I trusted the Time brand and didn't do so. Big mistake.
App non-optimization 1/5
Why does the iPhone app show the entire page of the magazine instead of optimizing the view for the phone? This feature was present a couple of years ago.
Recommended Improvements 2/5
The Time Magazine app is no longer "user friendly" and does not allow the reader to view articles in landscape or to enlarge the copy. I suppose this was done to provide the reader with a traditional sense of reading a magazine, page by page. This was and is a mistake. It makes it much more difficult for the reader to read and comprehend what is being communicated, e.g., the copy appearing on an iPad for example is very small. In fact, use of the current app can be and often is frustrating and irritating. Ultimately, as an unintended consequence, the current Time Magazine app actually may discourage people from using the app and thereby encourage less reading of the periodical, particularly in this digital age. Therefore, it is highly recommended that Time Magazine should reverse course and allow landscape viewing and also enlargement of the digital content of its magazine when using its app.
Pretty good and frustrating as all git-out 3/5
Update 6 months January 2017: still sort of hard to navigate and crashes sometimes, BUT being one of those people with a morbid fear of having to wait somewhere a long time with nothing meaningful to read, this has been wonderful. There is nothing against so sure to get the doctor to see me at the appointed time, or to move me to the front of the line at the tax assessors office, than having identified an article I can't wait to read.
PLUS: I like being able to read Time on my phone. I've read it cover-to-cover since I was about 10, so I love being able to carry it around with me for when all the doctor has is Austin Woman or some such rot.
MINUS: about half the time the app doesn't recognize me as a subscriber and offers me the opportunity to purchase the latest issue. Yes, I can call customer service and wait in an interminable queue and they will eventually get me signed in, but I subscribed for my convenience, not for theirs.
No class App for top class content . . . 1/5
It is unfortunate that the quality of Time's content is not reflected in its app, which is slow, limited and hyper-directed to subscribing, which is incredibly aggravating for current subscribers. The vertical hold position and lack of screen options are pitifully outdated. There is effectively no online help option when the frequent issues occur . . . Just a never ending loop back to subscribe now. Oh if a bell went off by the editor's ear every time a frustrated digital client tried to resolve an issue and was directed to the please subscribe page. Doubtful I will renew and will get content, same or commensurate, elsewhere
Was great. Last update broke it can't scroll through pages 1/5
There is a bug with your iPhone time app. When reading multi page story with images embedded in them one can't scroll down past the image page. It refuses to do so. I can scroll up and can't scroll down past the image. It says page 6/12 but it refuses to scroll past. This is with not just one edition or story but any edition and story. iPhone 6S running iOS 10.2. Please fix it. Very frustrating.
Horribly small font! 1/5
The font is way too small. If I want to enlarge the font it results in me having to constantly scroll left and right. This is so annoying and unacceptable. One would think that a world class magazine would provide a better app for its subscribers! Please fix this!
What happens when you skip on quality... 1/5
By funnny ended too soon
I absolutely loved this app up until the first issue of 2017 when Time magazine decided to cut some jobs and save some money skimping on their digital subscription app. The wonderful, interactive display is gone. I have to squint my eyes to read it (even on full manual zoom) and now have to thumb through all the stupid advertisements. These changes are definitely a big step backwards for Time.
Content great, subscribe process not so great 4/5
I can't figure out if I subscribed or not! I signed up on my iPad and paid thru iTunes. It said I could access it on my smart phone, but it never gave me a way to do so.
Poor User Experience 1/5
Apparently it was too much effort for Time to format its content for mobile devices so now we just get what is essentially a PDF of the printed magazine. I find it hard to believe that plugging the content into an already established template every week was costing a significant amount of money. User experience should never be sacrificed if you want to be successful. C'mon Time - be better than everyone else. Until you can get it together, I'm switching to The New Yorker.
Very weak viewer 1/5
This is just an image view (PDF?) of the magazine. You can only pinch and zoom. You can't, for example, double tap an article and get a reading view, as you would expect from any modern viewing app. The table of contents is not "live", in that tapping an article title does not take you to that article. I'm a new subscriber and I'm SO disappointed! High school kids could write better viewing apps.
👎 pass on this app!!! 1/5
It won't load. I can't even cancel it now. Boooooo!!!!!! I'll take the printed version thank you very much. I have had problems in the past. I thought it might have been fixed. Don't get it.
I've been duped...RIP TIME Magazine 1/5
I have subscribed to TIME's print edition continuously since the early 1980s. When I began traveling full-time last year, I was excited to switch to the iPad version. For six months, it was a beautifully executed electronic version of the magazine, well-adapted to tablet viewing. Not only was the layout optimized for iPad, but there was also deep interactive content in the magazine itself, as well as bonus digital content at the end. Then, suddenly and without warning, in December, all of that vanished. The iPad version is now essentially just a PDF of the print magazine pages. Among other things, this means that the font went from two columns of type in an easily readable size, to three columns of type in tiny letters that this mid-50s reader can barely see even with reading glasses. All of the optimizations for tablet viewing are gone. It is, in short, unusable, and completely different from what I subscribed to. I feel like I've been duped. I'm so incredibly disappointed, because of my long-standing respect for TIME and its journalism, but I'll no longer be a subscriber.
Can I give less than one star 1/5
Politically driven fake
new mobile format 1/5
No thanks. No renewal for me. Too much eye strain required by the revamped mobile version of this app.
The font of recent download is too small to read comfortably 1/5
I have zoom (+) every part of a page to read it. It used to have paged views with large fonts. Can you change it back to previous format?
What happened?! Have loved being able to stay up to date on my subscription but Time recently changed the format for the iPhone and now I have to pinch and zoom every paragraph. Used to be optimized for reading on my phone, now it is a struggle. Very hard to control and I no longer enjoy reading this on my phone. Since I travel a lot it was helpful to read on the go and now it is just too much effort. PLEASE CHANGE IT BACK.
Could be 5-star! 4/5
Though I'm glad I have access to Time Magazine/content, it could be more iphone-friendly.
No regrets, however. Time gives me another pulse on what the heck is going on around here!