Many regressions in audio 1/5
Rarely remembers where it left off. Often plays annoying advertisement over top of the article playback is hen stops both tracks when the ad is over then changes to a different article. Often does not play tracks that the UI indicates have been downloaded when not connected. Play button does not work often
Audio broken yet again 1/5
By Jonathan M.C.
After updates, bugs get added. Does anyone test before posting updates? The audio keeps failing with latest update, including not handling output change (speaker to headphones to bluetooth) especially when in background. Open Google Maps; audio pauses; open The Economist; can’t get it to continue play
Audio does not work 1/5
The audio does not work consistently on my I8. Works for a bit and then i have to reinstall the app. Very frustrating.
One star for nagging 1/5
Can we please stop asking to rate your app? People have 50 apps nagging them once a week to rate their app. It’s annoying.
Great content, buggy app 1/5
Several issues with the audio playlist functionality. I like to listen to the audio version during my commute, but don’t want every article, so I use the playlist functionality. Problem is the app will randomly remove downloaded editions, which deletes my playlist. Another issue is that following the most recent release, you can’t toggle between tracklist, which shows all the articles in the week’s edition, and your selected playlist. I have just started listening to Audible on my commute rather than dealing with the glitchy Economist App.
Lots of Recent Improvements 4/5
Greatly appreciate the recent improvement in the app, particularly the audio edition.
On an iPhone, if an alarm goes off when listening to the audio edition, the app must be force-quit and re-launched to continue listening.
The swipe ad is, perhaps by design, very easy to accidentally click. I unintentionally click the ad every other time I launch the app. Consider a slightly protruding iPhone case - it’s difficult to get your finger to the very edge of the screen.
Feature request: Ability to see, when listening to the audio edition, where I am in the overall list. The app used to have this. Where did it go?
New edition, more problems 2/5
Audio has stopped working reliably offline. Night reading only works intermittently.
Where else 5/5
This is it. Still. Thank you.
Solid improvements. 5/5
By Basic Steve
Thank you for improving your app. The audio version has definitely improved; I can now save my position in an article even after closing my app for many hours (previously unheard-of). The issues also don’t delete themselves when I restart my phone.
Gets worse every time 1/5
I like this newspaper but the app gets worse with every update. Weird freezes, crashes, pictures that won't zoom, ads that don't load and lock the app, failed downloads, insistence on redownloading issues that have already been downloaded before you can open them again (has happened to me on a flight 😖), etc. Given the recent uptick in corrections and an app that gets worse with updates, I'm worried about the long term survival of this newspaper. They are losing their attention to detail.
Don't download 1/5
By Will i am and Brittany b*tch
First time user here - the app takes forever to download editions on wifi and data. I find it annoying I can't look through and read certain articles. It also loses your place when you log out. Read on a laptop or on the website if possible
Needs 1.25x audio speed 4/5
1x is too slow, 1.5x too fast, 2x unintelligible. Please provide a 1.25x option
All the pleasure, none of the guilt 5/5
The Economist digital edition for me solves the biggest problem with the print edition - the guilt associated when you can’t plow through every print article in a week.
I read on the iPhone and the ability to scan and then swipe to the next article makes it. Readability is good and navigation is straightforward.
I do wish that for each article, it would track where you last were - swiping forwards and then back resets your reading position to top of article. Also, rotating between portrait and landscape and then back again miscalculated your reading position. Small niggles for what I believe is a better way to read The Economist.
Still has dark mode bug but at least iPhone X support finally here 4/5
By Dom B L
night mode still doesn't work properly.
Overall, a fine app for my iphone. Latest update is a bit more buggy crashes periodically when I am listening on audio. Occasionally when I open app, it will try to re-download an issue that I have already downloaded as well. Some bugs to work out.
Wonderful magazine 5/5
By abdulhamid mahmod
Great magazine, always enjoy
Notifications are spammy 1/5
All I want is one notification per week, when a new issue is available for download. Let me customize my notifications that way.
Love the economist bug pleases fix the bugs 4/5
I love the economist but there is a bug where night mode and the font size randomly change. Please fix! These is extremely annoy
Audio is terrible 1/5
By Brian from Leon
Very buggy. The app is fine if you’re using it to read but the real advantage would be to use it as a podcast and listen to each article as you walk. Some issues include:
It doesn’t keep your playback speed
The playlist GUI is terrible (text overlaps)
You can’t toggle between the sections and playlist
You can’t just hit play if you close and go back into the app
Listening in the sections area means playing the next article, not the next downloaded file
The Economist app is worse than it was five years ago. I am not sure how that happens but it’s astonishing that keep having problems with something so integral to their business.
Audio app is terrible 1/5
The audio app is useless. It takes around 10 minutes to get it working and the quality of the audio is terrible. Tip for the app developers: listen to something in the app, come back a few hours later and try to start from where you left off. Or try taking a phone call while listening and then resuming from where you were before. It doesn’t work! It’s like a copy of the paper magazine that has been soaking in water overnight!
Audio section buggy 1/5
By Adam Smith 7777
Audio very buggy, even after the latest update. Great content though!
Best news on earth 5/5
The Economist is written by people who understand economics. It’s a great alternative to all the click-bait and tabloid news that seems designed to annoy the reader. If more members of Congress read the Economist, we would live in a more just, efficient, and prosperous country with better incentives for everyone.
By Tuan Ko
Informative. Mostly given to empirical issues. Cynically, masks expressions of faith well.😉
Clunky and slow 1/5
Very slow, very very clunky app. (fortunately, the content is unaffected)
Getting better... 4/5
The text size shrinks every time I load a different article. Aside from that, I’m pretty satisfied with the app now.
Original review: This upgrade is really bad. It's almost unusable. It doesn't even remember what issue you were reading last, let alone what article you were reading last, making it impossible to keep track of what I have and have not read yet. I was excited to see a major update because I assumed there would be an overall improvement, but this is a major step backwards. I'm seriously considering getting a paper subscription because at least I can carry around and dog ear my place in a physical magazine.
The audio function is going from ok to bad to worse. 2/5
The audio system is crappy. First, it used to store data where the track stopped on my phone. Now it needs network connection to pick up where I stopped. Sometimes it takes a minute to resume and sometimes it plays the wrong track from beginning. Second, now if I close the app or the screen is locked for inactivity, the audio stops. I can’t even resume the audio in the lock screen gadget. I have to resume in the app. It is super annoying when I listen to the audio while driving. Third, if I downloaded the audios of section 1 and section 3, but not section 2. After it finishes the last track of section 1, it streams the first track of section 2 instead of playing the already downloaded track of section 3. It used to play the track of section 3 not 2 a few years ago. This change is implemented a few patches back. I hate it. It cost me steaming data and I don’t want to play the audios in section 2.
The download system is not working well neither. Sometimes I downloaded the audios of certain sections of the issue and saw the blue check mark for the section. The next day I found that few tracks are not downloaded, and I have to download again.
I felt the function of this app is going backwards. It is slower and harder to use.
By Tom Splan
The ECONOMIST is the best news magazine available. I look forward to it regularly. I find the app as enjoyable as the magazine and certainly more convenient. I like science, arts and literature the best. I read national politics a lot but frequently read politics of countries to which I have no connection. It’s covering of history is superb. It tends to be a little too liberal at times but then again, it’s British.
Thomas Splan MD
Latest update flawed 1/5
By lost in Granada
Love this app, but this latest update is terrible. Audio edition unusable! I listen as I walk to work and now you need the app open for it to work. If you lock screen the audio stops. What a terrible idea! Alos very buggy
By Hey Lynn
Long live The Economist 5/5
Nice to know I have a whole crew of intelligent people providing me with lots of useful information. These guys and gals are good guides in a complicated world.
Great for staying current 5/5
Keeps me informed on world issues from both a business and a political perspective. The audio recordings of the articles also make it easy to listen to on my commute.
Dad was right 5/5
Dad said the greatest magazine in the world back in ‘81. Still true.
I pay a yearly subscription for the digital version of the Economist. I’ve been a customer for 5+ years. This is the first review I’ve written and I’m doing it because I’m extremely annoyed with this app. Every time I open it, the app has deleted the downloaded copy and deleted the downloaded audio portions as well as losing my place in the section I was in the middle of reading. I would love to open the app without having to download one of the copies every single time. Probably going to cancel subscription because it’s not practical.
A big thank you to The Economist team for putting this app together and intoning it.
I love that it includes audio readings of the issues as well!
Why I read the Economist 5/5
Since my son gave me a subscription 10 years ago for my birthday, I have read every issue. I find it unbiased, informative and worldly.
Audio still absolutely terrible 2/5
Audio playlist doesn't work. Can't view downloaded and switch back to full list.
Great start! time to add features 5/5
It’s great to have the audio version of the magazine available. Now it’s time to add the technical features to the app. Items to consider;
Play back speed
Text size is unstable 4/5
By denver dermatologist
No matter how many times I use the text-size widget, text always reverts to the smallest size upon swiping left to the next article.
Is still has glitches with audio 1/5
By D GF
The latest version of this app still has serious glitches when downloading audio. In addition to this, app support is non existent, and I am a paying subscriber.
Audio playlist mis-formatted 2/5
I love The Economist. Great news source with great audio versions of articles.
The app currently misformats the audio playlist, such that article names overlap and are unreadable. Also, trying to check one as “read” often checks the one next to it instead. The app is unworthy of the newspapers greatness.
I will return to raise this to a 4 or 5 star review once this changes.
Very disappointed. 1/5
In my review below I said, “I guess it could be worse.” And now the developers have indeed made the app worse. The interface for the audio version is the worst it has been since I became a subscriber more than four years ago. It malfunctions when displaying articles in my playlist, overlapping the listings so that I can’t choose or even make out the titles of some articles. Once I select a few articles, I can’t add new ones to my playlist without deleting all the current articles first. I have reduced my two star review to one star. I really wish I could have everything go back to the way it was several years ago. I say this not for nostalgia, but for mere functionality.
When the new app first came out, I was surprised by the poor user interface and performance. I hoped that the issues would be addressed and fixed quickly, but I've barely noticed any improvements. This new version is much much worse than the previous version of the Economist app.
My review is not for the content, which continues to be impressive, but for the app itself.
I primarily use the audio version, and this has been made much more difficult due to the terrible new playlist functions. There is no "select all" or "unselect all" option. There is no fast forward button. When I move the marker along the timeline to a specific place in the article, it jumps back to a different time I didn't select. There is no way to stop the continuous playback. I would like the audio to stop when it reaches the end of my selected articles.
I also don't like that I often have to reselect the current issue when I return to the app.
I am giving it two stars, because I guess it could be worse. I hope to see an improvement soon.
Riddled with errors 1/5
-Gets stuck in landscape
-Loses data and have to re download all the time.
-Loses paused placement and starts playing from beginning all the time
- very cumbersome user experience
- the night/day setting randomly switch on and off
I suppose the economists have been preaching all along...since there there is a high demand for the magazine and their content, they can get away with a poor, low-quality mobile app.
The Economist is 5 star their app is 3star 4/5
Fix the play speed options to relevant adjustments 1.5x and even faster is too fast to be useful. You should follow the lead of most podcast players so listeners could listen at 1.1x or 1.2x actual speed
Thanks Goodness For Publications Like The Economist 5/5
In this era of sound-bite journalism and fake news, at least there are still a handful of publications that still take the time to explain complex issues in full and present balanced coverage. The Economist is one of them. Thank You!
New version could use some ui/ux improvements 2/5
List of articles in audio side has poor formatting due to text wrapping; go back to keeping each article slot the same height, and bar where Playlist icon goes to tiny number of pixels so not visible and barely selectable to get back to tracklist view
From prior review...I'm a heavy audio listener and new version of app STILL lacks prior versions features...
...build playlist to listen in a different order
...1.5 and 2x speeds are dif...2x used to be audible now it's BARELY (FYI, you need to adjust “pitch” if you adjust speed...that will make it more audible)
Good app, good articles 5/5
Good app, great coverage
Foreign Opinion 5/5
By C. Metz
People hate on the liberal media, conservative media, but the Economist receives no such slander for a reason.
The rationality and even-keeled nature of its articles, backed by solid research and a history of *actually* balanced and fair reporting, leave little to argue against in terms of facts and, more often than not, logical solutions to the problems presented.
As a fan of politics and events both domestic and foreign, The Economist is simply unparalleled, both in quality and frequency of publication.
The best magazine in the world. Great app too! 5/5
This app has matured over the years. It’s easy to use, aesthetically reinforces the clarity in the magazine itself, and offers audio of all the stories. Basically this thing Just Works.
Get this app. Read the magazine.
Awful Audio Quality 1/5
2x playback came back. But the audio quality is still trash. High quality audio has to be back!
I wish more publications would add value to their applications that economy is at. The app allows you to both read the publication and listen to it be weird to you and value for the hearing impaired.