Great Science for all 5/5
No matter how great you think your education is, SA brings you back to reality with each issue. The last one with the article on life is awesome.
I still have a problem getting around and 90 does not help. I have been trying to get the issue published on my birth month February 1928.
Thanks for helping us stay up to date.
Look here for facts 5/5
When you read this magazine, you come to a place where fact and assertion are not interchangeable. In science, the status of “fact” is earned, then earned again and again.
In a world of fake news, Flat Earthers, denial, and open antagonism towards learning and the learned, what a refreshing refuge.
The topics are widely varied, so if you read an issue, you will learn something.
Deleting issues 1/5
Some crazy software issue causes the app to delete downloaded issues. It claims I am low on memory, but my iPhone has over 7 GB left. I’d like to keep the downloads for when I’m in a low signal area or when my battery is low.
Intelligent writers, intelligent articles... 5/5
By eternal sophomore
Not just the headlines of science but also the laboratories and long-term thinking that will pay off in ten years.
Incredible graphics that speak to the lessons of the articles.
Each issue leaves me wanting more, just in time for the next issue.
Loses login information constantly 2/5
App is fine for reading, but constantly loses login information, and will not sync subscriptions with SciAm username/password without uninstalling and reinstalling app. This happens with every iOS update, and sometimes at random. Very frustrating!
Fine magazine but App not so much 4/5
By Dr Pe
I am really tired of having to sign in so frequently to Scientific American App. This App should remember me!
T-cells and beyond 5/5
By Rich Staley
SA Review May 2018 5/5
By Capt SteveB
This is my go to magazine for all things current in general scientific thinking. While I don't always agree with the editors opinions entirely they are well written and balanced, presenting facts for consideration. Content articles are well chosen with appropriate and relevant topics. In today's environment of fake news and misinformation, cultural and group bias, it is very refreshing to read articles and opinions based on truth and facts determined by observation. SA not only stipulates ones curiosity, it promotes logical fact based thinking.
Good, not good 1/5
Great magazine, terrible digital support. Always wants me to pay or subscribe even though I have the subscription. Now I must add a nickname to post this. All names taken. Who designed this?
Needs attention 4/5
I have to log out and log back in for every new issue. Waste of my time!
I enjoy but! 4/5
I truly enjoy the scientific articles in SA and have gift subscriptions for our son and a grandson.
Having said that I am upset every time I read the liberal political driven articles. My son and I just agree that we skip them.
If you must do so than at least be fair and present opposing conservative points of view.
After all is not that what the Scientific process is all about?
Great content but not the app 5/5
Love the content in general. However the app is problematic: recurrent problem over several iOS and different iPhones, I have to delete the app every month for my account to recognize my subscription. “Restore subscription” never works. Otherwise love the content and will keep the subscription despite the monthly hassle!
Looks like above issue was fixed. Also, the app stays at the exact page where I left it when I come back to the app after closing it (used to take me to the home page). 5 stars!
The SA app will not allow me to read the April issue at all.
I have had several issues in the past and I have complained but to no avail.
I do have the latest IOS version on my IPad.
Stop deleting my issues 1/5
By Rescued Human
How many times do I have to tell you to NEVER delete an issue. It is totally inappropriate to remove something from my device without even asking me. Stop. Stop. Stop.
By S in Austin
They seem to have fixed the disappearing password problem. After a week or two and several tries I eas able to get back in. The interface still seems less smooth than it could be.
Even Newer Review
Restore does not work. They should change the name to “Incompetent American”
New review: They supposedly made it better. Not really. It worked for a few months and then lost my subscription. It still won’t hold the password and won’t restore. Some of the issues I can read and others want me to subscribe. The way you view the content when it does work is strange and irritating. They will not respond to requests for help. They have my $99 and I have an app that does not work. I do at least get the paper version.
Irritating and unusable. If it was free it would be a waste of time.
Get the paper version. Hard to believe how bad it is.
A marginal app 1/5
The app lets me download and read each issue of Scientific American, which is its core purpose. But each month when a new issue comes out it tells me that I need to buy it before I can download it. Then after I log out and then log back into the very same account it’s willing to let me download the next issue in my subscription. Why can’t it just let me get the issue without the extra work? Or even better, automatically download it.
Can’t connect to my subscription. 1/5
You would think a scientific oriented app would have a simple way to connect to a paid subscription but I don’t see it.
SA App 4/5
Updating my review to point out a major bug with this app. As others have stated, there is a serious problem with having to log back in after not using the Scientific American app for a while. The app is also supposed to support Family Sharing, but in my experience it does not. Scientific American is an excellent publication, I only wish their app was equal to the standards of the magazine. Taking away one star for that.
Very poor standing for Scientific American 1/5
What I had considered to be a premier example of science cannot seem to build a simple app that works. No wonder the American population is wondering the legitimacy of science. Very poor demonstration. Step it up folks if you want any respect.
Doesn't recognize subscribers 1/5
Like almost everyone else, the would be great if it would recognize in a subscriber and not insisting I pay when I have an active subscription.
Don't get troubles others fret about 5/5
Works just fine for me.
These guys don’t have their act together 1/5
It isn’t just the app that constantly looses you digital subscription info. The website seems to also loose mine and the design of the site is so bad it doesn’t accommodate for this known issue and make it easy to put it back in. Unfortunately, I’m looking for a refund.
Downloaded issues disappear 1/5
After updating the app, I can’t keep the downloaded issues on iPad. They disappear in a day and I need to re-download them everyday to read them.
I contacted SA tech help, but they were no help; they blamed iPad, not their app. Who designed the app???
Just Summary of Issues! 1/5
This app just provides summaries of full issues! Apple apparently won’t give refund if you buy this app by mistake.
Really bad app 1/5
It’s was if the app was written by third graders.
I’m not sure they do *any* testing. Bugs and crashes doing the most basic of things.
When each issue comes out, you have to log in and sign back in to download it. Each time.
Still a very basic implementation. Needs to remember where I left off and allow finger gestures. 2/5
By Doctor Rob 001
I have used the updated version for a while. It is certainly far better than the original. Still some very serious problems. I have a subscription yet I still keep getting told I have to pay for the editions.
The app needs to open to where I left off. It still makes me hunt to find my spot. That is very annoying.
It should allow finger gestures to enlarge and shrink the pages.
A lot of work left to do.
Digital issue 1/5
You continue to miss my digital issue!
No search function in app 3/5
A search function would greatly improve this app
You only rent issues, not own them 1/5
When my subscription expired I could no longer access any of the issues from that subscription period. When I contacted customer support I was assured that this was the way things worked. When your subscription expires you no longer have access.
In other words, a subscription only allows you to temporarily rent issues.
Shameful, a black eye for SA 1/5
I get my magazine in the mail and the apps demands payment to view it on my iPad.
App is a hassle 1/5
Though I have been a subscriber for decades, this app somehow forgets my subscription every month. Intensely frustrating.
SA apparently needs to get rid of some subscribers 1/5
I won't rehash what review after review has said. Something is wrong in the way the app logs people in and keeps track of subscriptions. I read all of my publications on an iPad and with SA I spend most of my time trying to access the magazine rather than reading it. This has been an ongoing problem for a couple of years in various forms. I have subscribed since 1965 and I love the articles but I don't have the time to deal with the app - so I'm done at the end of my current subscription.
Paid for subscription but still can't read articles 1/5
Paid for subscription but still can't read articles
How many subscriptions do you need 2/5
Review of reviews reveals that most of the time the app does not recognize your subscription and tries to charge for issues. Even when you "successfully" restore subscription ( where did it go to néed to be "restored" ) it tries to charge anew. Thank goodness I kept print issue active as well as these do show up.
The log in conundrum just completely destroys the joy of reading SA. by making it impossible to do so without wasting hours fighting to get what you paid for.
S.A. Clearly not versed in computer science
Does as advertised 4/5
By Man, Myth, Legend
Gets me my monthly dose of new science without paper.
Loses My Account 1/5
With a new login I see my subscription. After exiting the program and returning some time later, I am still logged in but the app claims that I am not authorized to see my subscription information. New issues are listed as "buy." If I logout and back in, new issues are marked with a "download" tag. This is stupid. I will be deleting this app from my device.
Scientific American 2/5
Great content but NOT friendly to aging population. I've made several contacts requesting larger fonts (for "info boxes" especially) and to NOT use dark fonts on dark backgrounds. Never had the courtesy of a reply.
Complaining because now that, as a retired scientist, I have time to read SA, can't always enjoy full content.
Terrible Subscription Integration 1/5
Subscription terms seem to change without notice. Some issues are available some not. Print and digital subs appear to be separate now which is antiquated.
Terrible app 1/5
First I renew then without warning they cancel the printed version of SAMind and force me to go online to view content. When not I try app I am told I am not authorized. Their remedy is to log in again. No other app does this to me. Get "The Economist" to see how an app should work for a mag. They even provide audio free. Wonderful when I travel. I suggest no one should subscribe to any SA until they fix the app.
Forget About This App 1/5
As noted in the other reviews, it takes a significant amount effort every time you want to use this app because the login just doesn't work. What is so hard to figure out? Wish I would have known about this before subscribing. The only reason I subscribed, was to read issues online. I will not renew.
The Scientific American App Is Terrible! 1/5
By Ellie the cat
If you're scientific types why is your app so clunky? Very hard to log in. It's difficult to even find the place to log in. Even Oprah's magazine is simple compared to your app! I recognizes me immediately and it's easy to navigate. Get with the program!!
Font adjustment no longer works 3/5
Be able to change to larger font is the main reason I subscribed the digital edition. However it no longer works with the latest issue on my iPad Pro.
Makes me log in each time I use it! 1/5
Makes me log in each time I use it! Can't enlarge.
Serious subscription issues 1/5
By Kether Roosevelt
I keep having serious issues getting downloads on my iPad Pro. I've used every trivial in the book and it doesn't work smoothly.
Forgets logins 2/5
If you can get the content to display the app can work. One problem is that it always forgets my login information so I have to look it up every time I use the app. Another is that even for downloaded issues there are some articles that are not available, and I am told to"check the network". Of course the network is fine.
Fortunately I continue to receive the printed version, or I would be out of luck.
Purchases can't be added 1/5
I bought one of the special editions but there doesn't seem to be any way to get it into the app. Nobody answered my emails about the problem.
Much improved but stingy 4/5
This latest version loads fast and is easy to navigate. I'm disappointed that I can't actually share a full article without the recipient paying. This only hurts SA and scientific knowledge. Alternatively SA could allow just 3 free shares a month and then ask the sender, not the recipient, to pay a dollar for every additional share.
Great alternative to access Scientific American 5/5
By Bob Bill.
If you have an iPhone or iPad this is the best way to access Scientific American.
Pretty Good IPhone interface 5/5
Perhaps there is an option to automatically download the latest version when it becomes available. If not, that would be a nice addition.
Good app 5/5
I'm able to read SA articles, which is all I need from an app. There are probably dozens of improvements to be made but the lack of these does not make the app unusable. Definitely worth the subscription!