Money Money Money 2/5
Downloaded the app to review, after see first pg. it wanted me to subscribe for 3mo. bypassed it look at 2nd pg. then and another request for me to subscribe, now for a year!
Deleted the app can’t evaluate the app when it bugs me to subscribe.
$60 I’m evidently not getting back 1/5
Installed and purchased subscription through App Store. Worked great until first renewal. Now claims I don’t have an account, though I was billed. Support is nonexistent from what I can tell; at least they have yet to respond after several days.
It’s a shame because it’s a very good magazine, but the app evidently lacks any semblance of the paper magazine’s quality.
Daily brief is now a joke 1/5
By James Baxter
First it disappeared. Then it reappeared but everything was in the wrong order. Now it’s just four blurbs and no roundup of world events. They claim to be redesigning it, but if the changes are being implemented this haphazardly then something is very wrong.
Night mode scroll bar 4/5
Needs a visible scroll bar in night mode please.
Great content but frustrating to use 3/5
Great product and content. Except that audio articles continuously will restart midway, making it a very frustrating and unusable experience
Unbiased and thoughtful perspective 5/5
By The Momster
The Economist is the only publication I’ve found that delivers a truly analytical well researched and thoughtful perspective on everything it covers. And it covers EVERYTHING. And it delivers it to you on so many platforms. I love the choice of listening, reading full articles and the short daily summaries. I subscribe to the full variety of delivery options and use them all.
A truly five star news organization.
Awful app 2/5
By Cameron Culver
Sucked me into buying the 12 week subscription with a flashy title / marketing (my fault) — only to find out the article was over a year old and not relevant. — which once I signed up took me forever to find.
This app is wayyy behind a normal news app from a user experience perspective. Technology stuck in 2010. Very fragmented experience.
Apple news runs circles around this “paid platform”.
Very bad experience especially through Apple subscription 1/5
Faulty. Got logged out after a week. The economist would have to reset my if or ask me to uninstall and reinstall the app. Neither the economics or Apple took responsibility. They cannot handle this services or subscription model with dignity or function. Horrible. Three month subscription- I only got to use 1 month as other period was filled with bugs.
Warning- Apple will not take responsibility and economist will keep sending the same fix email copies and pasted.
Why there is no option to leave a comment on each article?
An improvement, but... 4/5
Major improvement over the original app but it would be nice to be able to download the print edition for reading offline.
Fix the restart bug 1/5
This bug has been happening for months now! I’ll be halfway through the audio of an article and it will just restart. Please please fix this
My primary news source 5/5
The economists is the my first news source for independent analysis and in-depth reporting. Well worth the subscription fee.
Wish I could save articles offline 4/5
Wish I could download whole issues with images for offline viewing. Currently you can only download the audio, but there is no clear way to download whole issues with text and images.
The audio consistently doesn’t work, don’t pay for this!!! 1/5
They don’t care about this app. The audio just doesn’t work much of the time. This issue is persistent, I doubt they ever will fix it! No other apps that I use have this issue. Do not subscribe for audio!!
The Ad is ugly. 1/5
The ads under the software are annoying and ugly.
Please fix audio playlist customisation. 1/5
By Ken Waters
I used to love listening to The Economist audio edition until a particular feature was removed. I used to be able to organise my audio playlist in a specific order; the world this week, then the business section, then finance, and afterwards a few select articles chosen among the remaining sections. I was able to go through the edition and organise everything once, then start and stop listening with the confidence that the playlist remained in the order I prioritised.
Now whenever I add to the audio playlist it's always ordered in the way The Economist is (The World This Week, Leaders, Letters, etc) and I can arrange the playlist to my priority, which I used to do for the past few years....now I don't even want to bother with The Economist at all since I now have to either keep track of what I listened to manually and/or keep adding/removing to the playlist in order to listen while I'm doing other tasks. Very unfortunate. It would be VERY much appreciated if the feature to customise the order of the audio playlist is made available once again. Thank you.
Wish bookmarks sync with webversion 4/5
Solid app but I wish there was better integration with syncing bookmarks to the webapp
Exactly what I need 5/5
For someone who hates reading news but feels obligated to, this app is perfect. A daily dose of curated, well-rounded articles. When I’m done, I’m done.
The whole edition of the magazine/newspaper is great but I just can’t manage to read it every week and get overwhelmed. Please keep this app, Economist!
A little obtuse when trying to find old articles, but overall an excellent app. My favorite news source.
Great app, great content 5/5
Loving my subscription to the economist. Insightful articles with global viewpoints and the app itself works perfectly and includes audio versions of many of the articles.
By i wanna be sedated
There are factors that contribute to our daily efforts to travers our world. The Economist provides more perspectives than all other media/news outlets. I can discover international as well as national influences that allow me to see the factors influencing the world. It is fun.
Best news app 5/5
Unlike every other news app which is a never ending rabbit hole of news, the economist gives you 5 stories a day and shows you if you’re caught up. It’s a great way to keep up with the worlds news without getting lost in the never ending news cycle. I love the economist and love the app even more.
Common Sense News 5/5
Many years ago I picked up The Economist at a dentist office started reading it and instantly forgot the drilling noise, audible inside the waiting room. Haven’t put it down since. The app makes it even easier to continue reading common sense, and to-the-point journalism. There’s little left of this kind of reporting, analyzing and unbiased editing. I am a creative in design and advertising, yet it’s The Economist that makes me smarter in meetings with executives from all kinds of industries. There, The Economist has been my little secret over the years.
Extremely legible and navigable 5/5
Obviously the Economist is most valuable for its content. I won’t comment on that other than to so I would be subscribing even if the app were poor. But the app is by far the best news/magazine app I’ve encountered. (And as a news junkie, I’ve encountered plenty.)
The Economist has but the kind of thought about usability and clarity that goes into their writing and charts into their app design. I shows.
Up to date 5/5
Provides audio to articles that help me stay current on the latest news.
By MA Prof Peter
The Economist is the preeminent journal for international business. The articles are always easy to read, informative, and insightful. I also enjoy its ethical perspective, and the punny titles are icing on the tasty cake. Reading The Economist helps me immeasurably in teaching International Business.
This app runs like garbage 2/5
The older app ran fine, but the newer one is easier to use and has better functionality. Unfortunately it also makes your phone super hot and randomly crashes every few minutes. A fresh install doesn’t fix this either.
I’m on an iPhone Xs. You’d think they’d be able to make it work on the latest version. But it’s actively gotten worse in the past few months with no signs of it getting better. It’s unacceptable.
Can’t download weekly issues, only audio 2/5
App doesn’t let you download the weekly issues to read offline, only the audio portion
Good App, minor bugs 4/5
By A. Fdez
Good app, needs more reliable means of tracking what articles have been read/listened to.
Love the feature allowing you to adjust the speed the article is read.
Content is great, but app is slow 3/5
I love the Economist and its content. A lot of great recommendations. But the app frequently chokes when I start it up each morning, and no matter how long you wait, the screen will be locked up. Then you have to kill and relaunch the app, and it always works normally after that. I never have problems after the initial launch of the day. I have to kill and relaunch the app more than 50% of all mornings.
Great content but full of problems. Some:
When going back to the list of articles, scroll is usually reset to the top of the page making you scroll very far down every time.
Audio is nice but trying to listen on any faster speeds results in major audio artifacts. Images aren’t preloaded or cached. Trying to scroll an article with an image in it usually results in a long press image view gesture, preventing scrolling. You can’t jump from the audio player to the text story.
Needs a page tracker 3/5
Almost every other web page, news, or reading app let’s you know how far you have progressed on the page with the little scroller on the right hand side. This app doesent for night mode. Makes it weird because you don’t know how long a story is which causes me to abandon some stories or scrolling to see how long it is and losing my place in the process. Not a hard fix.
Great App 5/5
This app is now on my top five apps I use on my phone! Very easy to navigate and easy to use
What happened? 1/5
This App used to be sensational. This version I have just downloaded is horrid. Please can we just go back to the old one? You have made a terrible mistake. Please fix it quickly.
Very good but not perfect 4/5
Honestly a great app. The main feature missing is a good way to search for prior stories. The other slightly annoying feature is that stories published from a sister magazine will basically direct you to an internet version.
It Works! 5 Stars for App and 3.5 Stars for Content 5/5
By Jay Haren
Works wonderfully!! For the last 3 years, I listen to it on a crowded train or take a look at it for Kal.
Most important, unlike the Harvard Business Review, The Economist has an app for IPhone and I do not need a tablet to access it.
The review is for the App, content too is generally unbiased and great though sometimes I sense the writer’s bias gets a little too strong when criticizing the Centrists often as right wing lunatics. 3.5 stars for content.
Obviously this review is for the application performance and not for the content - which is excellent, otherwise I would not pay for a subscription. I have many issues with this app. A tech support representative even admitted to me were legitimate flaws with the iOS version (I finally called Tech Support when I just couldn’t take it anymore) and that they had no timeline of when they would address these bugs.
I use the app predominantly for the audio version of the articles because I listen on my commute.
Here is a summation of my issues:
-Navigation is still terrible (though they did finally add a table of contents menu and a check mark symbol next to articles indicating you’ve finished-I wish this would transfer to the table of contents so I can see at a glance what I’ve read and what I still need to).
-Audio download constantly interrupts or just completely fails over WiFi and data.
-The Play button is wonky. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Tech support literally told me I would have to start from the beginning of each section every time this happens and then advance through using the fast-forward button. What?
-Sometimes the audio playback repeats a sentence or skips a word/paragraph.
-I can’t stand some of the voices of the narrators (this is obviously more preference than a flaw) and some of the volumes in which they speak are way too low so I have to turn up my speakers so loud and then be blasted by their jingles when the next article starts.
Economist not accessible from Apple. 1/5
When your Apple subscription expires and automatically renews, the Economist ask for a digital access, and wants a”CRN” number which is only available on “paper” subscription. Do you can’t get a digital access granted, so you’re stuck with your payment for nothing. The only thing to do is cancel, call Apple support at 800-275-2273 and ask for a refund.
With a glitch like this Catch-22, you wonder why Brexit can’t work.
i am looking to produce u icon for the economist radio as before .
Rich ...! 5/5
A morning fuse injection of coffee and The Economist.....
Why did they change this?? 2/5
The old app was the gold standard for magazine apps. The functionality was perfect and let me immerse myself in each week’s magazine with no other distractions, so it felt much closer to the print version. Now the menu bar at top is always visible allowing me to click back to “this week.” I want that to go away when I scroll down/read. And it shouldn’t refer me back to “this week”—that’s a section of the magazine. It’s confusing to call the magazine part of the app that as well. Also, I never ever listen to the audio version. So why do I have to see it on each page? I just don’t get why you’d mess with perfection. I’d use the “classic” app, but apparently it doesn’t recognize my economist subscription? So frustrating.
Best political, economic magazine there is 5/5
By Don Pedro 1492
I’ve been a subscriber to this wonderful magazine for the past 40 years...and it only gets better with age. Why? For example, because now I can listen each week to the contents of the entire magazine via the audio download that’s wonderfully read so I can jog or walk my little dog while enriching my mind with the best written articles about politics, economics, business and finance. I also appreciate the magazine’s classically liberal, open, progressive, free enterprise viewpoint.
Just good journalism 5/5
In a world awash with biased opinion pretending to be journalism, it’s reassuring to have the ECONOMIST at hand.
Excellent, just missing audio auto-delete 4/5
Love the layout and the curation. It’s the best of both worlds—the website and the weekly edition app. I only wish the downloaded audio had a an auto-delete feature, like the weekly edition app does. It should auto-delete after two weeks or a month. As it is, I have to go through all the previous editions to make sure I’ve deleted the downloads.
I love the economist app 5/5
The thing I love most about this app is that each of the articles is paired with a voice recording of it. It’s a great way to read it an Economist article, which tends to be dense and long. Somehow having somebody read it to me makes it more accessible and enjoyable. I also really love The Economist. The articles give me a far-reaching understanding of what’s happening in the world. Contrast this to the myopic news we get in our daily newspaper.
Still the best 5/5
Recently re-subscribed after taking a break and trying out some other, cheaper options for a few month. I came back because no one else does a better job of getting me up to speed on world events. The app experience has improved dramatically in the last several months as well.
Gets the job done. Love the audio feature
The app knows it’s users 5/5
Great writing. Important topical info. Most importantly the app understands how it is likely to be used and offers great functionality. The audio version of stories makes multitasking possible. Only complaint is the ability to add stories to a playlist would be a nice improvement.