A Disgrace 1/5
Huge black bars on the left and right, shrinking the magazine. I can't download issues before my subscription started. That makes no sense. I can for all issues of any magazine I have a subscription for on my iPad, including other Condé Nast mags like GQ. Great way to lose a customer when my sub runs out this year.
This update is awful 1/5
Times out when downloading back issues.
NOW IT'S JUST ANOTHER TERRIBLE APP! 1/5
This used to be such a great app until this latest update. My God, what were you thinking?? Nothing works. My library is gone. The layout is idiotic. You can't access your VF account details from it. It only restores purchases through iTunes ... well, guess what ... my subscription isn't through iTunes; it was directly with Conde Naste, and it doesn't recognize that anymore!
Unnecessary update detracts from the user experience 1/5
The layout is awful. Gone is the ability to easily see what content has been downloaded, and that's if you can even download content.
Stupidly, I updated the app without first checking the other reviews. Consequently, I was unable to read any of my issues while I was on vacation for a week. Please bring back the former layout!
Horrible, horrible, horrible! 1/5
By DI'S CHOICE
This is the worst! Loved the older version. I agree with every previous review! Nothing to like about this updated version. Why Vanity Fair, why?
new version is terrible 1/5
I have waited over 40 mins for the current issue to download, and it's still not done. I lost 3 yrs of downloaded copies with the 'upgrade'. I will never be able to restore them all at this rate. If the downloaded version looks anything like the web version that I can (sort of) browse while trying to download, I won't want to read it on my iPad anyway.
It's totally lost the magazine feel, as well as the ability to leave and come back to the same place and it now has ridiculous 'adds' like clustering articles by how long they think it takes me to read them vs following the flow of the magazine. The font is too large and there's no white space at the margins.
I switched to the iPad version a couple of years ago and have been donating my paper copies, but if this isn't addressed, I'll delete the app and go back to the paper version. It's that bad.
Please don't ruin the New Yorker reading experience by making similar changes to that app as well. Having to abandon the iPad version of that weekly will be even more painful.
Don't update!!! 1/5
This update removed all of my saved magazines while I was on a trip and found once on the airplane I had nothing available. I am now re-downloading the issues that were lost, but it is taking FOREVER to download each issue- about 5-7 minutes per. I'm sorry I updated.
Who's reading this magazine on their iPad? Not the folks who updated this app 1/5
This "upgrade" of the magazine app is a travesty for readers. Obviously not designed by someone who reads the actual magazine. Cropping the pages to partial page size, taking away the keeping of your place while mid-read of an article or edition are just a few of the ridiculous "upgrades". I can't always finish an article, now I have to remember which months edition I'm on and then search for the article and then finally find my page. Seriously??? Bring back the previous version of this app. You are making me completely regret my "paperless" subscription to this magazine that I've loved for 30 years.
Went from a great user interface to the worst ever 1/5
Navigation is impossible! I had to close the issue each time I wanted to see the table of contents. What about someone who like to read from front to back? If you're a subscriber you don't need someone to explain that the features take longer to read than the more fluffy stuff. I'm lucky the August paper issue is on its way. I can't read this.
Terrible version 1/5
No improvement here. Basically it's DOA.
Please revert to the previous version 1/5
The narrow scrolling view is awful (that's not a paging, magazine feel read at all), it's incredibly slow, the layout and design are totally different to the print version, and can I say again, the narrow view that doesn't fit properly? Ugh. PLEASE listen to your readers and roll back to the previous version. This one is terrible.
Takes forever to download. The whole thing can be best described as digawonky.
Awful awful update 1/5
I cannot imagine why they would take a perfectly good design and mess it up so terribly! It's hard to use. I've lost my downloads! There's no easy table of contents. I don't know how to manage my downloads. I usually recycle the magazine because I read it on my iPad. Now, I'll sinned to read the paper version to keep my sanity. How could you do this to Vanity Fair? I will likely cancel my subscription unless the old version of the app is returned to us.
OMG...what have you done? 1/5
This has gone from the best iPad magazine experience to just awful. No one reads this on an iPhone....really. I NEVER have even opened it on my various iPhones - and I have had a subscription since day one. Please let me use all of my iPad screen again. And this new interface is clunky at best. And I want all my old issues back without reloading them again. Sheesh.....
(Addendum) oh, and could you have made this app even slower to download the content and start reading? One article at a time?
And who in their right minds looks at a magazine and organizes content by "short reads, medium reads and long reads" with "helpful" estimates of "less than 5 minutes", "5 to 10 minutes" etc except someone who doesn't actually like to read and has the commitment to your product and the attention span of Donald Trump? This isn't a YouTube video.
This just gets worse as I "learn" more about it. Cancellation is on the horizon.
You need to fire whoever designed this and thought this was a good idea.
"Improved" upgrade is total failure 1/5
Whoever came up with this new version should look for a new career. Please bring back the last version. Lost all my previously save editions, when going back to article, have to scrolled back from front. Update is total failure.
After all the bad reviews, Vanity Fair, go fix it!
By JBR Birch
New version is unreadable on iPad Pro 12 inch
By Steamboat Dad
I had this subscription for 5+ years on my iPad. I would love to meet the exec who okayed this change because I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell her/him. It's. That. Bad.
What the hell just happened?!?!?! 1/5
Lost all my existing downloaded issues..... re downloaded the, to find some slim version of a magazine page. What a horrible layout and horrible reading experience.... fix this quick or I am cancelling......
What happened? 1/5
This update is a huge downgrade. Slow, impossible to navigate, no thumbnails, images cropped or missing, table of contents unreadable. Wow. Hard to believe anyone tested this or any halfway literate iPad app user would find this acceptable. I am going back to Zinio rather than getting this separate magazine app--at least they let you see the magazine with a decent experience.
Deleted all my saved issues 1/5
I had the past few months of issues saved so I could read them at my leisure without carrying around all the print issues. They're gone and I can't download them again.
Dreadful update 1/5
Impossible to navigate. App is way too heavy for its own good and takes forever to download. Depressing.
*Horrible* layout on iPad 1/5
The new "unified experience" is a complete aesthetic and usability failure on the iPad. Vertical letterboxing (?!?) and aggessive image cropping destroy the magazine's cover and photo layouts. The former version's easy page index, accessible anywhere while browsing an issue, is gone. Also gone is the former version's at-a-glance library view indicating which issues you've downloaded. Now, there's no quick way to know which issues are local, which are in the cloud.
Why make your magazine uglier, harder to read, harder to access? It's as if Vanity Fair believes none of its Apple subscribers actually use the iPad. Or nobody actually tested the app on an iPad?
Anyhoo, forget this junky app--if you're an iPad reader, you're much better off getting the magazine through Zinio or Texture apps, both of which give you each issue's whole, actual photo layouts and also offer a great iPhone experience.
Hate new version 1/5
Why can't I download the whole issue anymore? I don't like having to download each article. I liked reading it like a magazine. I don't get the print copy anymore because I like to download the issues to read when traveling. Change it back!!
Terrible new format 1/5
Preferred previous format which was like paging through a real magazine.
I am only rating the app, not the publication 1/5
I love Vanity Fair as a the publication. The app, however, is not stable. I have to close the app and reopen it to download an article. Often, when I go back to the table of contents, the app will reload the article I just read rather than link to the newly selected article. I spend a lot of time having to do this. If it weren't for my love of Vanity Fair I would probably cancel my subscription becauseof the instability of the app.
Digital Edition only give you magazines going forward 1/5
There isn't an option to purchase access to all content. Called support, you only get content from date of purchase. You have to purchase past magazines 1 by 1 ~$4.99-$6.99.
Doesn't work 1/5
Won't let me download it and by the time I do my free subscription will be expired
I too want to bookmark stories 5/5
However still giving five stars because other magazines I read also don't offer this feature. But everyone should. Otherwise it's one of the best apps out there for a subscription.
Good App, Incredible Content 5/5
By Paul Richie
A+ mid-to-high brow content from the magazine that Donald Trump doesn't want you to read.
Still love it and hope to see a few new features shortly... 4/5
I have been a big fan of this app. Over the years my annual apple subscription of VF moved from my iPad2, to iPhone 6 Plus, and now to iPhone 7 Plus. However, it is time for VF to address basic limitations in the app, if they want to keep their loyal customers. I would start with dynamic font size (why not take advantage of such a great option offered by IOS TODAY???). Book marks and landscape are long overdue futures, but the font size is an embarrassment by the end of 2016...
Unusable app 1/5
I have wasted hours trying to get this application to work. The login button was difficult to find. Once I was able to login, the app would only show purchasing options and did not have a download or view option.
Needs a couple improvements 3/5
By Jazz Picasso
Good app but table of contents should be more friendly to browsing (pictures would help).
I would also like to bookmark stories.
VF Online 3/5
Fairly user friendly; however, the content seems to be the same as the print edition in that Carter and his minions feel some type of twisted need to constantly deride Bush, Trump, and all Republicans/Conservatives in general while totally skirting any areas of contention regarding Obama, Billy, or Hillary regardless of the scope and severity of outright lies, disinformation, or criminal doings. Just saying.
Have a nice day,
This is a terrible attempt by a "respected" publication at climbing into the digital age. Mr. Carter who is so vociferous in his many criticisms of others should look at himself and the horrible mess he has made here. I have been emailing for weeks to get my previous purchases restored on my new iPad and to gain access to my subscription to no avail. Shame on you for such dreadful customer service and for digitally degrading such a great legacy product.
Unacceptable support and service 1/5
Going on a week and counting of Conde Nast's backend system being broken with no end in sight. Customer service only sends back form letters. Completely unacceptable.
Landscape mode 1/5
Why no landscape mode? This is digital so why no ability to zoom in or out, change font size etc?
My best mag..VF is........... 5/5
By Marion Belle
Hey! What's there not to like about this VF Mag.....Loving it forever...from page to page..article to article the best......been a fan for years..when we were young..now ..a little well older...please continue.....as long as you keep those great political opinions going.....;-). Marion Berlin
By Preston L Howard
Vanity Fair is a most excellent app. Runs like a Swiss watch on my old iPad1. If you're complaining about technical issues then your tablet is probably a Dell or other piece of junk. There are certain advantages to reading on the app. It's faster and easier, more organized.
How did Apple allow this app on the App Store 1/5
No landscape mode.
No ability to change the font size.
The price is 5 times what it is if you buy a physical subscription.
This is awful.
Vanity Fair 3/5
I watch Vanity Fair confidential on Discovery ID and they advertise a special edition out on criminals but I don't see it in my subscription. Shouldn't I get the editions they advertise? This is a paid subscription
You guys and the bozos from LinkedIn should go bowling together. Keyboard-case iPad users won't be joining you.
Here's a suggestion for future releases: don't break stuff that we're all used to.
Landscape view 3/5
Bring back landscape view!
Customer support doesn't work 1/5
By Ay Wy
I'm trying to update my credit card info on my ipad air but the customer support page doesn't work. The keyboard doesn't drop and neither do any of the buttons on to work. I called the support number and was kept waiting for over ten minutes so I gave up.
By SV WRO
Frustrated Reader 1/5
Unfortunate experience trying to maneuver digital magazine. According to description contains "interactive graphics, galleries & videos"...not available according to customer service. Frustrating enough to consider cancellation of magazine. Customer service unhelpful but does wish you a nice day!
Issues Gone!! 1/5
By Great Skate
I made the mistake of updating this app. My previously purchased issues are all gone! Tried restore and it won't even show the issues I already own! I'm supposed to be able to download my archived issues at any time and now they don't exist!! I'm very upset!!
No landscape view 1/5
By neikky - 100
There's no landscape view on the new version of the app. Many paying customers (subscribers) have written with the same complaint and requesting a fix but VF has ignored the comments -- other than being just plain rude, lack of customer service is definitely cause to cancel subscription. I used to devour VF's new editions cover to cover when I was able to read in horizontal view and I loved eagerly awaiting the next edition. Now, I get more and more frustrated as I turn the page, quickly reach my boiling point of annoyance, and have to close the mag. Now that I'm behind on reading the editions, might as well cancel the subscription, stop paying for frustration and blatant lack of customer service, and just borrow the copy from others. Major FAIL by VF.
Losing landscape lost me 1/5
By Friting the dude
I have to cancel my digital subscription because they made the stupid decision to only display in portrait. Being able to read it in landscape was so lovely, in portrait it is awkward and I can't use my keyboard stand. Hence, I haven't read in months. Total waste of money now.
Lets go girls 5/5
I like how she put a c instead of a k and she is so so so so pretty let's go girls!!!!!!