Love Slate, app is not reliable 1/5
By AG 17
Slate has been my favorite news site for years. The app is horrible. It crashes when opening an article approximately 33% of the time. The only way I’m able to read an article sometimes is opening the app and frantically clicking “open in safari” before it crashes again. The issues with the app detract majorly from my enjoyment, and I often just give up on it. I cannot understand how the app has so many positive reviews. I keep mine updated and have an iPhone XS, so it shouldn’t be so bad.
Keeps crashing! 1/5
As I scroll through articles, the app shuts down. This is a new phenomenon. Contacted Slate support, no response.
Love the content— dislike the app 2/5
By Grinning Gator
I enjoy reading all the columns and articles on your site— but the site repeatedly crashes before I get beyond the first few words.
Please fix this.
Slate is great but this app is terrible 1/5
The app constantly crashes and will not load any of the content.
Great content... terrible app 1/5
I love Slate. I’ve been a member of slate plus since they started it (I have the mug to prove it). Their app is lousy. I don’t listen to the podcasts through the app (I use overcast for that), but I have found too many bugs. The search feature doesn’t work. I often have to close out the app and restart it to get things to work again. The app looks pretty, but the bones leave a lot to be desired.
Snappy journalism 5/5
Hard hitting accountability.
Love the writing, the app ain’t great. 2/5
By Prolific Tom
I’m a big fan of Slate as a journalistic enterprise but the app needs a lot of improvement. It shuts down periodically for no reason, the ads open links with barely a touch, and if you search for old articles using keywords you get no results.
So i joined alate because of political gabfest. Im must be missing something because its very hard to find it each week. I think i should be able to mark as a favorite and have it downloaded each week like i did on the apple app.
I’ve enjoyed Slate for many years. It is very informative.
Crashes often 2/5
Does not work on iPad 1/5
Battery Drain 2/5
By Lili Baughn
Content is great but however this optimized is terrible. This the biggest power hog on my phone, and I’ve got some heavy games. I can literally watch the battery percentage slip down.
Metered paywall 1/5
No thank you. Uninstalling your app
Outrageous pop-ups 1/5
I love Slate's content. When they introduced Slate+, I was annoyed but continued reading the free content. Slate is one of many places I get my news and information, and it's one I choose not to pay for. But the straw that broke the camel's back are these new video pop-ups. You don't need to touch them and they just take over your screen with a video. That's a horrible reader experience and not one I intend to put up with. After ten years, I am uninstalling Slate's app. What a shame.
Perplexing features 2/5
Search doesn’t seem to work, and with no real sorting or filtering options, I’m left with one giant feed of content to sift through. Not sure how any of this is supposed to be organized but it’s so entirely frustrating to navigate, I’m resigned to deleting and canceling my Plus subscription.
Keeps crashing 1/5
It’s pretty annoying to have something that constantly crashes, especially when you *pay* to use it.
I love Slate, but this app makes my iPhone hot enough to fry an egg. It often crashes and a lot of video content either does not play or even appear on mobile. Please do a QA pass on this.
Pretty good website 5/5
Some of this, some of that
Much to like (podcasts) but rest is unfortunately edging toward tabloid
Crashes 100% of the time 1/5
Like others say, the content is good. But the app is terrible. For weeks now, I can’t sign in with Google or Facebook without it crashing 100% of the time.
This app is awful 1/5
The Slate plus memberships provides amazing content. but if you want to access via the app - you will be disappointed.
There is no way to set up favorite podcasts even if you have a Slate plus membership, which I do.
The podcasts will shut down randomly, and you will have to restart from the beginning.
This happens when I am listening on my phone, in the car, using Bluetooth device, or not using a Bluetooth.
I am so irritated that I am considering canceling my membership.
I don’t do reviews 1/5
I’ve never done a review of anything. Not a fan of the constant review culture we live in. But I feel compelled now because of problems identified by other users. I absolutely love Slate content. It use to be the highlight of my week to listen to the Political and Cultural podcast. Now I oftentimes skip trying because of constant problems with playback through the App. Essentially it is useless. I hear 10 minutes and then it just shuts off. I’ve tried to listen through other podcast apps but the process of accessing my slate plus membership content is complex and cumbersome. In this day and age it is not clear to me why this has not be fixed yet.
Podcast drops out 1/5
The podcasts take forever to load and start then they just stop every 5 minutes or so and have to be RE-started. This is not a connection problem as I am using wify
Why is the app so consistently bad? 1/5
Update 1/15/2020: app was crashing so I updated. Still can’t read the articles I want. How will I find out if the stepparent has a right to call herself Grandma! I’m on an iPhone X with up to date iOS. There is no reason this app should keep crashing all the time. So frustrated.
Update: still bad! How is it possible that the app is released over and over again with bugs. I’m trying to read an article and about 10 seconds after I start, the app crashes. Over and over again. This is not unusual at all. Why is this so hard for you? Other news and magazine apps do not act this way.
Why is the Slate app so consistently bad? I enjoy the content when I can get to it. It crashes constantly. The videos don’t play. The links don’t work. When links refer to another Slate article, the link doesn’t just open the article in the app, but instead opens this sort of browser window within the app. It’s strange. Update after update I hope these issues will be fixed and they never are.
Make "Most Recent" articles the default 1/5
Broken. The app does not update.
Hasn’t updated since 1/10
No longer updating! 1/5
I LOVE Slate but the app stopped updating yesterday around 5am! What’s the deal?!
When typing a single character into the search box, I’m thrown into a black screen labeled “search results.” I ‘m on a free trial of Slate Plus but I probably will delete if I can’t search and find specific podcasts.
iOS app terrible 2/5
The Slate app on my iPad hasn’t updated in almost 2 days. I’ve uninstalled and reinstalled twice and rebooted my iPad twice. This isn’t the first time this has happened. Also, when it is working, it regularly crashes. And as others have said, you can’t view embedded media in an article, which makes it pretty useless. I really like Slate’s content, but you need to fix this app!
App stopped downloading new articles 1/5
And “App Support” only redirects to Slate.com homepage
A lawyer’s necessity 5/5
Perhaps I could go on without Dahlia Lithwick and Mark Joseph Stern. But I prefer mot to think the unthinkable.
Not ad free 1/5
By Mini mama 3000
I purchased slate+ and got the app thinking I could finally read articles without worrying about popups... nope... it’s not ad free and it’s no better than heading to your favorite browser and reading the articles there. Sorry excuse for an app and false advertising.
Search freezes the app. 3/5
I love Slate and I’m a member, but this app drives me crazy. Every time I try to use the search function, it freezes. I get stuck in the search results and unable to view anything else. Each time I have to delete the app and reinstall it. It’s so annoying— just fix it!
Content and app now equally poor quality 1/5
The content of Slate has markedly deteriorated over the past 3-4 years, but the performance of the app has always been surprisingly poor, at least on iOS.
The Worst Interface 1/5
By riot girl
The comment feature on the app is a nightmare. Don’t bother trying to use your phone’s browser either, because the commenting feature also doesn’t work on there.
Not to mention the comments are moderated by your meanest 7th grade teacher. Overall, yuck.
Podcast player problems persist 3/5
I love the content but ever since I upgraded to an XR, the podcast player through the app, which gets me slate plus, stops every 4 minutes and I have to keep tapping the screen and restarting the podcast. Makes it impossible to enjoy listening. I’ve raised this with Slate support but no fix in over 3 months.
Canceling my Subscription 3/5
After multiple attempts to contact Slate support, I am throwing in the towel and canceling my subscription. I can no longer access podcasts through my app without show cutting out every few minutes.
I truly love the content but am done with the frustration of trying to access it. I end up going through general podcast anyway.
I understand budgets are tight, but you need someone to provide technical support to your customers.
Absolutely the worst app 1/5
Simply doesn’t wor,
Great content! App less so 3/5
The app is hard to use. Searching is awkward. I prefer to look at the content on the website. I keep the app around for the notifications.
Many podcasts to enjoy except that they keep crashing 1/5
I’m tired of having to restart the members only podcasts as their app crashes sometimes as frequently as every 5 minutes....
No access 1/5
I can not open anything that I am interested in. About ten things are available at any time, and when I search for more, I get a blank screen.
Snarky sarcasm 1/5
As a conservative I like to read both sides of the political debate but Slate makes it hard. The writer’s hate for conservatives is palpable.
Wondering why I can’t get into Slate Plus 2/5
I believe I paid to become a member of Slate Plud some time ago. I get a lot of things from Slate via email, but it seems that whenever I start an article it stops midway through and says I have to join or sign in to read the whole thing. I thought I had the sign-in set up on my phone, but it doesn’t seem to work. I like Slate but find this very tedious.
Slate’s the Top of Journalistic Excellence 5/5
Well-written and well-researched, topically relevant articles. Best editorial writing, and always enjoy the features and investigative reporting. I could spend many hours listening to the podcasts. All well done. Worth more than the subscription for Slate +. I wouldn’t be without my failing fix of Slate reading.
Great Content. Ugly, Ugly App for iPad 1/5
I am a great admirer of and subscriber to Slate’s journalism. But it’s app on the iPad, is incredibly poorly designed. Formatting the page into a block structure is not only aesthetically unappealing but results in incoherence: many of the article headlines are truncated and therefore make no sense.
I have removed the app and created a link to the website which, to me, is an infinitely better viewing experience. The iPhone app/layout is far better.
I wish Slate’s tech matched their journalism 1/5
Despite emails to their customer service team detailing the app’s instability (crashes without fail 2 minutes into any podcast) and other issues, and prompt responses reassuring me they’re looking into it, two months later the same problems exist. I believe wholeheartedly in paying for great work, and want to continue supporting it here, but unfortunately I will be canceling my subscription because I don’t get what I pay for (and haven’t for going on 5 months)!
Great Content 5/5
Always loved The website. Love the informative content
Get rid of the in app pop ups 2/5
I hate that Slate “suggests” (read: forces) articles on users. I am a paid subscriber, why do I have to open these suggestions? There’s no way to clear them without opening them. I just want to read what I want to read without Slate padding their click rate numbers by opening articles I have no interest in for me when I am actually trying to access something that DID catch my eye
Great but tiny comments font 4/5
I love Slate and this app is fine overall, but there’s no way to increase the minuscule font size in the comments areas.