I agree, these updates make the app useless 1/5
Bring back the previous version of the app, otherwise it's not worth the price. Have to take a break to adjust my eyes and the whole effect is just boring. I cannot understand what you guys were thinking with this update? Did someone actually approve this as something better?
Jump through hoops and still have no access
Unbalanced Reporting 1/5
The quality of the material which Time puts out these days is severely lacking. No different than the fake news that CNN offers. What a shame to see a since 'Was Once Great' publication go down the road of poor writing, slanderous articles, and one sided politics.
Absence of Sorting Option 3/5
Whoever designed the application failed to include the simple and useful feature of being able to find only the magazines one has bought
I like the "PDF" view much better. Just wish they would increase the resolution a bit on the phone version. It already looks grainy even when you zoom in just a little. iPad version looks is much better resolution and looks great!
Please change it back! 1/5
It is useless!
Has not worked for months 1/5
By Philip S. Bellingham
I am a print subscriber but have not been able to download content for six months now. Customer service has had no luck helping.
Great App,Place For Reviews,Not Complaining About Politics! 5/5
I'm not sure why so many people are dissatisfied with this app. It's great and it gives me access to the magazine on the go. I also love that the newest issue shows up days before it hits the newsstands, or in my case, my mailbox. Seems like a lot of whining about simple things that I obviously don't have an issue with. Don't see any issues with app itself as far as complicated usage or print size. Increase your font in the settings and see if that helps. Very pleased with ability and convenience to have Time Magazine access on the go. If you're having issues getting the app to work, call Time as their Customer Service is great and very helpful before leaving a bad review. I had an issue getting the app to work. Called customer support and problem was solved in minutes. Also, what device are you viewing this app on, iPad, iPad mini, or iPhone?
A review is not the place to complain about political ideology or complain about an article that you don't like. Instead of leaving a bad review, get a Twitter to complain.
SHAME ON YOU STUPID TIME MAGAZINE!!! 1/5
By It was the best when I got it
I read a recent article on their app and they were reporting about a recent election and there was a very anti republican thing today, despite the fact that republicans weren't actually supposed to win. They are fake news!!!
Shame on you STUPID TIME MAGAZINE!!!!
This is one of the worst digital magazine apps I've ever tried to use. I've just spent 30 minutes trying to successfully log in and access my magazines. I've been a print subscriber for 30+ years. After loading the app, I click on the app tile and the library of past issues appears. Where do I log in? I finally click on "subscribe" and one option is for people that already have a subscription. Yay! But it insists that I create a password. I already have a password. I enter my print account number and it recognizes me. BUT THERE'S NOWHERE TO LOG IN!!!
Bad implementation on mobile devices 1/5
Why don't you learn from economist app.
Bye Time 2/5
I'm sorry Time. I love you but it's time to move on.
I requested a refund for my future subscriptions today because the mobile app is so bad.
I hope one day it changes and I'll be glad to subscribe again.
I love time magazine.
What happened 1/5
This app used to be extremely mobile friendly, but now is essentially a pdf copy of the magazine. The font is too small, large photos are cut up into two screens, and the layout--which makes sense in print--doesn't translate well for a tablet. I don't know if Time is coming out with a huge update or what because the old formate made a lot more sense than this garbage.
Truly horrible. 1/5
Why would you do something that everyone hates? This app used to be great, now it's awful.
I've had Time for many years, even pre-digital, and over the years I did come to read the digital version almost exclusively. Unfortunately the change to a PDF format means the type is too small and the pinch/zoom to read is annoying. Also missing the interactive content.
No refunds, I'm sure, so I'll probably just let my subscription run out and not renew.
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.
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.
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.