The app used to be great. A few months ago I noticed it would crash if I tried to navigate to podcasts immediately after i opened the app. I found it would usually work if I restarted my phone (ugh!). But now it crashes before it even finishes launching. And restarting the phone doesn’t help. As a Slate Plus member, I expect better since I’m paying for premium access.
Loaded with talent 4/5
I enjoy all of the writers/hosts that present their forms of journalism! The only issues are with the occasional ads which appear in my Slate+ podcasts.
Also, being slick and flogging the intercontinental hotel chain through the mention of a lifestyle podcast, as if it’s not an infomercial, is insulting. Don’t do it!
Just Audio Journalism not BS please. That’s what I pay for!
Crash, crash, crash, crash, crash. 1/5
By R-E-L-A-X 2016
I am a Slate Plus member and I am disappointed. The app will not stay open for more than a couple of seconds. Awful. I deleted the app since it doesn’t work.
They can't seem to get this right 1/5
No featured stories on my new iPad. Just a bunch of boxes undifferentiated as to importance, type content and so on. Doesn't accept comments. They've never figured out the app and still haven't. Good content, terrible technology.
April 2018, still the most uninviting news/magazine app. Anybody home?
Yes, it's fixed 5/5
The latest update DOES indeed fix the bug that had been making the app unusable for weeks. (For me anyway.) Congrats!
Sorta good 3/5
The articles are unremittingly far left, especially on the feminist and racism beats. The pushback in the comments section is usually more informative than the articles themselves. That’s why it’s unfortunate that the comments are not available for long stretches at a time. A “there are currently no comments” message appears on every single article. The first time it lasted a few months then they returned one day only to disappear again recently. The NYT figured it out but Slate can’t seem to.
5.3.6 update fixes blank sections 4/5
Yay! Glad to see they fixed the missing content problem.
Zero content 1/5
Blank pages only, oh well, back to the browser then.
My go-to 4/5
Slate is one of my go-to sources for news, and this app makes it easy. The one weakness with it is around accessing others' comments- it's possible but tricky sometimes. Still, definitely worth downloading!
Lost the comments on iPhone AGAIN 1/5
5.3.6 killed the comments on iPhones again. How hard is this to get right and why would I ever be a plus member with this kind of App?
No more white screen 4/5
At last, the 18 April 2018 update has fixed the white screen issue for me so I can finally read articles again.
I love slate. Generally. Am not sure if there has been any improvement on loading times or freezing issues...
What's Wrong? 1/5
I can't possibly entertain a Slate+ subscription if I can't view content in the regular app. The app update made it a blank page. I'd settle for plain text and no pictures at this rate. I hope you guys fix the app soon. Do you want us to NOT download the app?
Version 5.3.3 broke my app 1/5
IPhone 6s, iOS 10.3.3, stopped working on April 4...which is why I am here. The app is now completely blank and void of content. I was a loyal consumer of content through your app. Please fix it. Deleted and downloaded again, didn't work.
Still not perfect 2/5
Content is great, but I have to reinstall it about once a week to get it to work.
It used to work ... 1/5
But then I updated to the latest release. Now when I use the app content doesn't show up unless I use the search feature.
The new app is TERRIBLE 1/5
I used to enjoy reading Slate even if the app was lame, but the last three updates have left me with blank pages. It opens up, but every page now is blank making it worthless.
Three strikes and you are out. Forget them.
What a piece of crap.
Stick A Fork In Slate 1/5
Every page is completely blank! Slate within the iphone news app works fine.
Love slate, hate the app 1/5
Latest update leaves me with a completely blank page. Hey developers, have you heard of TESTING?
This latest iteration is so buggy. The Slatest will NOT update, leaving me with 3-week old articles (hardly -est). And the rest of the articles, when opened, get stuck 1/2 inch off to the right or lest (as if the got stuck while swiping) so they can't be read. Grrrr! I have to read them on the webpage, which completely negates the purpose of the app.
Blank pages 1/5
Why have an app that only gives you a menu and page after page of blank white screens no matter the choice of subject selection?
Doesn't work since update 1/5
Just shows a blank page. They issued an update to fix "gray gradient over articles." That update had no effect.
Make "Most Recent" articles the default 1/5
The latest version opens to a blank white screen. I tried deleting the app and reinstalling. Same problem. Please fix.
The app on iPad has stopped loading content. Nothing is there.
Why is it not working, even after deleting and reinstalling.
App broken 1/5
The April 3 update broke Slate on my iPad. Nothing comes up -blank page - and it crashes. As a paying Slate Plus member, I hope this is fixed pronto, as I miss my daily Slate fix.
Not working on iPad. 1/5
Whatever the upgrade is, it broke the iPad version of this app! Nothing but blank screens where articles used to appear.
Never loads properly - love Slate but hate this app - won't use it again until it's updated. Still not loading at all.
Great articles, horrible app 1/5
Ads pop up constantly, and not even in the app. They open in a separate Safari window, taking you out of the app entirely, and when I attempt to return, guess what? More ads! Trying to read just the headlines of recent articles today I had four ads remove me from the app to view them in my browser plus a funny or die video that popped up three times in a row requiring me to close three windows before I could attempt to read the article I was there for. I love Slate's content, but this app makes it next to impossible to access.
EDIT: With the most recent update the app will open but none of the content will load.
Terrible horrible no good very bad implementation 1/5
Slate plus — happy to pay, sad that its impossible to use on my iPhone X.
Over many tries in 2 months of paid membership, I’ve yet to be able to get to the “ad free” and “bonus” content. The app remains stuck in a loop that perpetually pops up the “join for free for 2 weeks” page and won’t let me on to the “plus” content.
From the many negative reviews here and the length of time that I’ve had the same issue, apparently Slate doesn’t care...
Oh yeah — email support? — yep, tried that too over a month ago and have not received a reply.
Slate = great content, horrible service
Doesn't work 1/5
After the update, no content loads.
App doesn’t work 1/5
I love Slate content, but I’m experiencing the same problems as others—most notably the deal where you get stuck in the story you read, and can’t go back to the stream. Wife has same problem.
So buggy 1/5
On iPhone X, the navigation bar displays about half and inch below the top of the screen, yet you have to tap on the upper left corner to go back. That’s right, you have to tap ABOVE the arrow.
If you accidentally scroll up past the top of the article, the article’s image becomes full screen, but it’s very easy to get the app stuck in this state so, you end up having to force close the app just to get back to the article you were trying to read.
Layout issues when reading articles, most notably when displaying lists.
The most shameful part of all of this, is that these are obvious show stopping bugs, and yet Slate not only released it, but also boasted about its release on its website.
Continually Buggy and Annoying 1/5
Good content, perpetually lousy app. Either won't load or won't work correctly or smoothly when it does load. Slate, you need to fire this app developer and start over, from scratch! I'm deleting till you do.
Would give a zero if possible
bug fix needed! 5/5
I love Slate but a bug fix is meddef.
On my iPhone X if i scroll down to read a story in the app (Slate Plus if that matters) then scroll back up to the top to exit, about half of the time the picture accompanying the app gets selected and is almost impossible to x out of. (I have to exit the app then exit the whole window.). Also at times the exit arrow on the left hovers an inch down from the top of the page as opposed to at the top, in this case it doesn’t work at all and i have to exit then close the app again.
My app has the most current update.
Terrible Navigation. Barely Funtional 1/5
Terribly frustrating to use. Extremely difficult to navigate. Many buttons don’t work. Clicking X should should close full-screen pictures but doesn’t. Gray bands that obstruct view cannot be closed. Awful.
Terrible on iPhone X 1/5
None of the controls (back, close) work. So you’re stuck on the article you’re reading, unless you kill the app and reopen. Who’s doing QA for app development?
I would give zero if I could as the app doesn’t function 1/5
slate should be embarrassed. It’s an online news/current events magazine with no functioning app. I am a slate plus member and when I became a member I could use the site. I’ve had no app for almost a year and have received no help from Slate. I won’t be renewing. Every page is a black screen.
Can’t use this app anymore 1/5
I have been reading Slate since 2000. I have always enjoyed the content. However the user experience of this new app is awful. I’ve experienced broken icons to where I have to restart the app to return to the main page; an endlessly restarting video ad, even after allowing the ad to run in full; disappearing stories as I scroll down the Recent list. For me, the video ad is the worst of the problems—once it starts, it pops up constantly, as in every 2-10 seconds. If you try to close it to return to the story you were reading, it often immediately pops up again.
Fix all the bugs! 1/5
Great content but absolutely unusable app.
You should fire people who created/maintain your IOS apps.
Bad ads 2/5
Great content, horrible intrusive ads that open themselves
Ads are too distracting 1/5
Can’t even read a paragraph without a video ad for a cruise popping up.
Hard to navigate the app since latest update 2/5
Great content, poor app. Much harder to navigate the app since last update. Sometimes cannot get back to the main screen from a story; have to close and reopen the app. Disappointing.
Unusable on iPhone X 1/5
This app is unusable on an iPhone X. Once you go into an article, you can not get out because none of the buttons are tappable and swiping backwards doesn’t work.
I like the new layout but don't see any comments on my iPad or iPhone. Comments are my favorite part. I pay for the Plus subscription so this is a major problem.
Crashy McCrashleton 1/5
I love love love Slate but the app freezes up/crashes almost daily. Today I went through the rigamarole of uninstalling, reinstalling, logging in (the restore feature does not work) and it crashed again within 30 seconds.
I miss reading comments 3/5
I don't HATE the redesign, but I'm not all that impressed. I find the icon garish and unattractive, but that's just styling. I mostly read slate on an IPAD 2. I purchased PLUS through the Apple Store; and wish I hadn't, as I can never access plus material any other way. And there are never any comments, which was among the features I regularly enjoyed, and now do not have. Why is this rocket science? Someone has figured out how to do this well; must everyone else reinvent their wheel.?
Pathetically Biased 1/5
Most of the articles posted here are obviously slanted to the left. And in my opinion more severely than Fox News is to the right.
Has Slate looked at the reviews of this app that are compiled in the App Store? Almost every review is one star. There are a bunch of reviews that say the app is not working for the iPhone X, but, guess what? I have the 6s and the app doesn't work for my phone either. The comments for the articles do not show up. I have no problem if use my Google Chrome app and search for the site and access it through the internet but this app is an epic fail. I am deleting this pos from my phone.
Lousy UI 1/5
When will Slate fix the UI issues with the latest update? Going back after reading an article has become hit or miss. The back arrow shows up in the middle of the article and does not always work. Have to close app and come back to get to main screen. This is disappointing!
Frustrating cluttered 1/5
By Feathered Fish
Subscribed to Slate+ for SLOW BURN without ads and extra material...but doesn’t play automatically on my iTunes podcast app. Very frustrating to navigate!