Thanks for the gift of adds CNET!! 1/5
Hey! Thanks for making everyone sit through 30 second adds EVERY TIME we decide to watch one of your 2 minute videos!! We appreciate it!!!
Used to love app, new version is user hostile and buggy 1/5
The old version of the app was very good, but latest facelift has serious issues.
For a start, it forces video (and this video ads) on you even if you just want to read an article by keeping video persistent at the top of articles. Constantly swiping the video away with each new article when you just want to read is grating and obnoxious. Ads playing before video are fine, but leave the video alone when we don’t want it. Also, full screen video is not supported in portrait, and when in landscape it can only be deactivated by pressing button to go back out, no auto rotate functionality.
Perhaps most concerning is the issues with accidental link clicking that this app introduced. Merely laying your finger on a link in an article, as you are apt to do when say, scrolling down, launches the link. A decided and intentional “tap and release” is how clicking works *everywhere* else on the internet. This leads to conservatively 10-20 accidental link clicks on my part every month. I can only assume this was done to improve their click count and thus, revenue, because there is literally no reason to have links function this way otherwise. Very frustrating.
Add to both these issues just the general bugginess of it. For the past week, I’ve been getting a red banner error message of the top of every article with video telling me that “this video had an issue” - despite the fact that the video is playing perfectly! And because they force videos on you at the top of articles, almost every article sends me this alarming red banner that, from a user’s perspective just makes the app feel like a disconcerting experience. Tried uninstalling and re-downloading, didn’t solve that issue.
CNET owes loyal visitors a better experience than this. Keeping their traffic is more important than whatever they think they’re accomplishing here.
Excellent app! 5/5
By Pinky Stanseski
This version of the app is one of a very few apps that I have never had a problem with!
Stop Forcing People to Review 1/5
Holding a screen or article hostage and forcing people to start a review of your app WILL result in lower star rating. Give people the option
Great app but a data drain 3/5
By No sheet
I have got addicted to the app but with video constant automatically playing, I was forced to enjoy the app over WiFi only.
Where,s Brian Tong ? 5/5
I like watching cnet for news and technology information and I still do
by no one knew that he left until he arrived on the YouTube channel with his new show Apple Bitz.
Oh! Well no harm done I guess.
Doesn’t work at all last two updates 2/5
By Dr Nuge
How does your product not work on the latest iPhone?
Help is all understand...
Autorun video overload 2/5
While I love CNET content there Interface on all there portals leave a lot to be desired. I don’t like to run videos on the app since all are preceded by a 15 second ad. (My estimate) And most of written content is slowed down by autorun videos. It’s no wonder I’ve cut down on time I spend on CNET.
The app is slow to load articles and regularly locks up. It’s no longer enjoyable to use.
I have revised my review from awful to great. They fixed the app Sonny now runs well on my iPhone and iPad. I enjoy reading the tech news and the occasional great deal offered on tech devices.
Search is useless and can’t sign in 1/5
At least the latest version of the app has Rick’s Cheapskate articles on the news page, but try searching for Cheapskate- you get nothing! And how do I sign in to my account? What good is a comment section if I can’t leave a comment?! Apps are supposed to be better than the website…
Horrible layout 2/5
I hate the layout of the CNET app so much. It’s atrocious. Having to scroll forever just to find the story you were looking for. The angled line separating the videos from the articles. Absolutely abysmal.
Too many ads 2/5
The application will be so much better without the insertion of so many advertisements. Makes you not want to watch the news videos.
No Narration 1/5
Don’t tap on an image 1/5
If you tap on an image in the app, it will go full screen and there’s no way to close it short of killing the app. How can basic iPad functionality can be broken in this app?
Edit response to response: Swiping up or down doesn’t close the image. It just loves it around.
Old app was way better 1/5
The new app requires sound and video to have a smooth experience and sometimes you just wanna check out a laptop review without a auto play video and pop ups and commercials.
Video screen obscured 1/5
Why design an app with video where part of the video is obscured?
UX Fail 1/5
New banners asking for feedback block basic navigation buttons. QA YOUR APP.
Love this app 5/5
Keep up the good work devs!
Tap to top of the page is not working 1/5
By ISP fan
Jesus Christ, how is it that this simple feature is broken?? It works in literally every other app that I’m using on my iPhone X
Don’t like the changed format 3/5
I used to like CNet a lot more. Now I can’t really find what I’m looking for, nor can I save an article any longer
It’s just a jumbled mess that jumps from one article and links to a vague reared one.
Great tech app 5/5
It’s my go to app for anything tech related.
Same Old Thing 1/5
They have two apps on the store, they both show the same stale news. Awful.
The recent update was a resounding...success? So many new display and usage bugs. Congratulations, you have outdone yourselves.
Update on the update: congratulations once again, you’ve moved from annoying bugs to an app that crashes upon opening an article.
Poor update 1/5
The app crashes now when I try to open an article.
Ads Ads Ads 1/5
Once a good app, now horribly overrun with annoying ads. Used to read it every day, but just checked it after almost a year away from it and it’s worse.
Perfect app for tech reviews
No hitches, always spot on
Love the videos. 5/5
By Daddy John Chavez, Jr.
Just love how we can get a video update on the latest technology.
One of the worst! 2/5
I’m a sucker for punishment I guess. I go to CNET and hope for the best. Each time I don’t find it. I swear to delete the app which I don’t.
Too chopped up and repetitive. 2/5
I barely go through this app since the last major revamp as it is too cluttered and confusing
Cnet is a great source of tech news. 5/5
Miss my shows. 1/5
How do I find my favorite shows? Well it doesn’t matter cause you have canceled them.
The developer responded with how to find them, which was helpful, but its sad that the best shows are now gone. Long live Apple Byte.
The layout is too confusing 3/5
I used to LOVE CNET but it’s hard to love it anymore. There have been so many changes over the past couple of years, but none has been an improvement. Instead it’s all about esthetics, and making navigation difficult and no longer naturally intuitive. Like so many other apps, it seems that this has all has been simply change for the sake of change. The world of apps use to be exciting but now apps have become a constant source of frustration as most take this same road of unnecessary change as CNET has taken.
Also, Brian Tong’s departure is VERY disappointing.
Can’t even read an article, if you click on a video or photo you are stuck with no way of returning to the article...app is a complete joke and seems to go down hill with each update. FIX IT!
Can’t stop CNET from accessing my location 1/5
By Knowledgeable Customer
If you don’t want location targeted unsolicited ads when using the CNET app on your iPhone, I haven’t been unable to stop it.
Nice app but hard to impossible to change settings 2/5
By Richard in Northville
In the previous version one could set their interests/favorite topics like Google, Apple, etc. It can be done in this one but hard to find and not intuitive
Worse than Ever 1/5
I used to consult CNET almost exclusively for reviews on any and all things that plug in or run on batteries. The app made it a challenge to do this. Today I saw an ad that CNET app was new updated better faster etc. So I took the bait. Well the so-called upgrades make it even more challenging to use.
The search function is bizarre, to put it kindly. Searches are not at all intuitive. First I typed in the model number of a Samsung TV. All washing machines came up In the search results because unbeknownst to me, when I clicked on the search icon, an ad for home appliances had opened covering my entire screen. I was now on that company’s site.
Back to CNET app. I tried again. One non-Samsung TV came up.
Third try: I shortened the model number to remove the “65” thinking I’d get reviews of all the Samsung’s in the MU800 line. But no, Samsung TVs from a completely different line came up. And only three models.
Call me crazy but when I type “Samsung MU800” in the search box, I’m thinking Samsung MU800 TVs will come up.
And that’s just one really annoying aspect of the app. Another is that the attempted cool-looking graphics just don’t work well or smoothly and make navigating really frustrating. In trying to make the interface appear more sleek, you’ve made the app almost unusable.
I could go on. Bottom line. The app is a mess. Worse than ever. I now avoid it completely.
Politics trumps content 1/5
By honest thinker
Watch out! This app likes to include political articles biased toward the cause of socialism. Honest thinkers beware. Socialism kills!
Stop the audio video ads and unrelated BS 1/5
One star, until you stop this BS practice with autoplay videos ... for waking my wife up with your unrelated BS. Recently found the CNET app, slow to fall asleep, want to read a few news stories, WHAM BLARING AUDIO ABOUT WHATEVER after I clicked on a certain story that should have been a text article with maybe a photo or two.
Uses excessive data 1/5
This app auto plays videos without the user requesting videos to start. For example, some articles contain these videos that auto play. I click aren't article to read it, not be blasted by some video. This design wastes data on data plans and causes extra fees by wireless carriers.
Have loved CNET for 15 years 5/5
At least 15 years... I think!! All I know is that there was a time when I did all of my investigative work on CNET, I JUST discovered the app for crying out loud!! Good to have u back!
Must read app for me. 5/5
I ensure I read this app daily. It has a great combo of tech, auto, and entertainment news.
App is improving 3/5
By Fat Tribble
In recent months since Cnet completely redesigned their app, I tried it several time and uninstalled it each time. Now Cnet is back on my iPad.
They brought back filters which is very useful to narrow the news stories to what interests you most. The layout is clean which isn’t so bad for casual browsing. When I really want to catch up on Cnet news I still go to their web site.
The strength of Cnet has always been their news and product reviews. They have a Deals section now. I can’t imagine buying something on a whim because the app told me it was a deal. People who like Cnet typically like to research their purchases before making a final decision rather than buying because of the price. That’s my opinion anyway.
Anyway, I think the app is moving in the right direction and may soon be as good as it used to be.
Brutal update to app - getting better 3/5
April 29 Update. Wow, no more Brian Tong and Chris M at CNET either. I noticed Chris went out of his way in his goodbye column to mention the former Managing Editor who hired him, but no mention of the current Managing Editor who has overseen the loss of numerous great, former, CNET contributors.
Question for CNET.
1) Have the 20 or so great features and reporters been lost to cut cost, or does management actually think the site is better and more interesting today? Before you answer, look at the reviews the last 6 months, not many 4 or 5 stars.
BTW, not sure this is the proper place for this critique, but since you no longer allow comments from iPads, this is the place to express opinions.
Feb. 19 Update. Raised from 1 star to 3 stars. Progress is being made, especially nice to be able to save articles, and videos are easier to find. Still need to work on some issues below, and also crashing issue, especially videos that crash and make you watch ad again to finish video. FYI, can’t log in on iPad, or at least isn’t obvious not to log in.
I've been a loyal reader since I got my first iPad about five years ago. First, they have ended many of their best features like Dong NGO, Bridget Carey updates, the 404, and How to videos. Now they refresh the interface. They eliminated saving articles...great idea...nobody wants to save some articles mid-week and look at them during free time on the weekend, right? They also removed the ability to search for videos and articles. After purging great staff the last couple years, one of the last interesting features is Brian Tong's AppleByte. Wish I could find it to watch in the next couple of days, but you removed the ability to search for subject articles or writer/reviewers. The new interface is nice, but how stupid can you be as a news organization to remove ability to search for and save articles? Sorry Chris Matuszak, I like a lot of your quirky stories, but I'm not going to open every article hoping to see one of yours. BTW, half the articles have to be opened at least twice to get them to load. Needless to say, I am disappointed.
Looking for speed test, directed to adware app. Deleting now.
One step forward, two steps back. 1/5
By DeAndre R.
I tapped a picture to view it and had no way of going back to the original screen other than closing the app and removing it from the app switcher. A mess of an app.
Comments haven’t returned!!! 2/5
It’s been over a year since commenting was promised to return. Do you have an estimated time for the return of that feature. The web version is very unintuitive in a phone or tablets. Malfunctions a lot.
Horrible update 1/5
No search. No access to navigate videos quickly. Video controls went backwards and are less intuitive. A whole tab dedicated to “deals.” Clearly this update helps CNET control what you see and not what users have asked for. Go back to the old app. Such a shame.
Great Functionality and Design 4/5
Update: The option to stop autoplaying videos was added and works great!!!! Thank you!! I added a star for that AND for listening and replying to feedback— if i could do 4.5 I would have done it, thank you for listening to reviews and implementing changes, also you replies and feedback are fantastic!! (unfortunately replies are rare on the App Store, which makes you guys great because you listen and follow up, amazing!!!
This app is one of my favorite technology news sources, I highly recommend it!!
Many times I’ll find new products because of this app, and I really on the review, images, videos, updates, pricing, etc. to make my decisions. It is a key go to app (not just a tech news app).
I’m just waiting for deals and product search to work and 5 stars it will be!! Thank you again.
Love the easy navigation of this app. It’s very clean and simple to get around! I really like being able to look at product reviews!
My two complaints (hence 3 stars) the Autoplaying Videos! I can never use this app at night or in quiet place because of a video blaring out. This needs to be changed ASAP.
Second, deals don’t work.
Other than that it’s a really good news app!!