Uplifting app but performance is a drain 2/5
Wonderful reading experience and some great features like bookmarks, copy and paste, and background content sync...
But battery drain on this app is egregious. I lose about 1% of my battery for every 3 mins spent reading even at minimal brightness. This is preposterous. I suspect there is some background mischief going on as this problem does not persist in airplane mode. Sure I’ll read in airplane mode on the plane, but I can’t afford to disable my phone just to check on the news...
Overall promising stuff but until the battery drain is resolved, I’m stuck at two stars.
Buggy app 2/5
Great publication, very buggy app. Crashes all the time on my iPhone 6S.
Recent update messed up app 1/5
App enlarges text unnecessarily. Please fix.
Battery issues now 3/5
By MML the X
I love the content, and have subscribed for over a decade, but The Economist’s apps have been abysmally implemented. The other Economist app was inexplicably reverted to a featureless Android-edition clone last year. With this app, basic functions don’t work. Then when problems are fixed, other features are broken post-update. Most recently, running the audio edition heats the phone up tremendously—it is easily felt through a silicon case.
No other app I use has felt like such a perpetual beta-test.
Poor battery economics 1/5
Hot pocket with my iPhone. Checked the Battery report for top apps and was surprised to see with only six minutes of usage Economist was the top battery consumer for the day. Demand outstripped supply. Otherwise love the app.
Big words make smart 5/5
Me like it
The app is heating up iPhone 1/5
I have iPhone 7 Plus, model A1661, iOS 12.1.2. Now within minutes of starting the app my phone heats up and battery drops quickly. I don’t dislike the app, just hope this review could get their attention on the issue.
Update: the problem hasn’t been solved in 2.3.2
Lv ur App 5/5
Unusable on iPhone SE 1/5
By med student001
Great content. Terrible bugs. I use an iPhone SE and the app crashes continuously during audio playback even with all other apps manual closed prior to conserve memory. I am going to try to revert to the classic app. Has been worse in the past month.
Great content, but... 3/5
But I have a major issue with battery life and device temperature when using the app at times. The app seems to be a resource hog but for what reason I have no idea.
Great app, suuuper buggy 1/5
First of all, the most recent update causes the app to randomly crash in the background.
The app is however well thought out and I do like it. Just things like the crashes, or the fact that you can’t pause audio playback on Bluetooth headphones, or that it won’t play when connected to two different Bluetooth enabled cars I tried, can drive me INSANE. Please fix these bugs.
A big improvement over previous version 5/5
(NB: I am and have long been a big fan of the content from the Economist. This review concerns only the apps from this publication, specifically on iPad)
When the Economist recently (I think back in 2017) “updated” their app, moving from paginated articles to more trendy, endlessly scrolling articles, I thought it was a huge step in the wrong direction. It looked like a cheap, generic app, with many bugs and shoddy UI. For instance, there was no way to jump to another section in one week’s issue, and bookmarking was confusing.
I still miss pagination on iPad (call me old fashioned but I think this is the best way to present magazine articles), but this new app version is a vast improvement. Better look, better UI, easy bookmarks that sync between iPad and iPhone. Jump to sections easily. Daily content in addition to the weekly issues. Easy audio downloads.
With that said, I highly recommend this app.
Appalling customer service 1/5
Bought a subscription only to never receive an email allowing me to set up the app. It’s apparently a $140 subscription to Apple news. Have emailed multiple times for help but nothing other than generic form emails. Stay very far away.
Great curated set of articles 3/5
By Joel D_
Really enjoy this app as it curates a set of the most readable (IMO) economist articles. The emu bubble one was hilarious. Pollo gigante - nicely done!
I do notice that the bottom toolbar intersects the “home button” bar on the 2018 iPad Pro however 😭. Please fix.
Subscribe from their website, not Apple 3/5
Do not subscribe through itunes, or you will only be able to interface with the app on the single device you subscribed with. Apple doesn’t offer you any login criteria, so the website won’t be available to you. And if you try to access it via any other mobile device it will ask for your login criteria (of which you will have none). If you talk to apple customer service, they will peruse the economist website with you be of no help at all. If you try to call the economist, they will tell you to talk with apple.
Can’t Highlight 4/5
Can’t highlight words and look up definition.
Word selection available, I edit the review 5/5
By Bill cfh
Work selection feature is added.
5 star :)
Text selection is finally happening. 5/5
Robust app, great journalism. 5/5
This is an excellent app fitting for outstanding journalism. It has a clear design, dark mode, adjustable text size, and I really love the optional new audio auto-download. All their articles are fully voiced, it’s amazing for commutes.
My only complaint is that the bookmarks are not searchable. Sometimes I’m looking for something and I’d love to just be able to type a search term to find what I know I bookmarked.
Overall, this is an excellent app.
Want audio queue back 3/5
Like features of the app, but I miss the opportunity to set up an audio queue of bookmarked articles for listening while driving. I hope it can be restored.
Do not buy through app store. 1/5
Purchased the subscription through the app yet I cannot access my account?!?! It does not register you as a user if you do so.
Single issue purchase 1/5
Unable to buy single issue through iTunes. Thanks.
Great but no syncing 4/5
By Captain 11
This app is great. Very polished and convenient.
Only complaint: I use the app on both iPhone and iPad. When I bookmark an article on one it syncs to the other (good). But when I read an article and remove the bookmark it doesn’t sync (bad). This means I have to manually scroll through the lists and reconcile.
Would be perfect if they fix that.
Daily updates don’t work 2/5
Obviously love the content, but two issues. 1) daily content is not automatically updating - had the same content for 5 day, and 2) why is economist vr, movies, and subscription management not included in this? For such a high quality publication, subscription management and seamlessness of apps, etc has always been disappointing
No past issues available 5/5
While the app seems polished I have found to way to read issues other than the current issue. Not being able to access and read prior issues is extremely disappointing. Please bring this back. Until you do I will rate two stars.
No dictionary support? 3/5
By Semih Atakan
This is the only journal that one needs to look up words all the time and for some reason you are not able to do it with a simple touch!
app quality 5/5
By Dom B L
SIR- The new app is simply excellent. The rewrite has succeeded in transforming the app from a digital version of the weekly newspaper into a full fledged source of news, catering not only to the times I feel like reading in-depth analysis from the issue’s front to back. The linked articles at the end of each article allow me to wander around and read based on topic even if the linked articles are from a previous issue. The in-built espresso function is also appreciated, creating another mode of news consumption that will again serve as a jumping off point to further reading.
You have to download audio for all our none 1/5
This is one of the worst updates of this app (and there have been really bad ones in the past). The biggest issue for me is that you have to download the entire audio version or none at all. I used to be able to download the audio for select articles. Not in this update. Who signs off on these updates?
Umm “that’s it” 2/5
I understand there’s a lot going on in the world, which makes it difficult to have everything listed here, but major things should not be ignored. Almost everyday I read about brexit, which is important, but what about major issues like the Uyghur concentration camps in China? Like genocides, hellooo? My morning briefing needs to be expanded because “that” is not “it”.
iTunes Subscription, Do not Use 1/5
This app does not recognize the iTunes subscription.
Do not purchase this via iTunes 1/5
I had purchased via iTunes and later got to know that it doesn’t give us the full app access I.e. with a CRN and log in ID , it can only be accessed via Apple news. Also neither economist or Apple are processing a refund for this mistake, instead buy it from the web/app directly to get the full access.
No more selection 3/5
I like the old version which allows u to select a word and look up for it right away
Vastly improved 5/5
This is, I believe the third rewrite of the app, and is much better than version 2, which was clunky and limited. Integration of daily updates, and hyperlinks in articles are a delight
Please enable text selection 2/5
Without text selection we lack the ability to look up words, search the web, or share quotes quickly.
Would be great to have a playlist for audio or even just auto play the audio between bookmarked articles so we could use that as a playlist.
Ok app, great journalism 4/5
The layout of the app is somewhat unconventional (back button in bottom left instead of top left) and it suffers from a number of bugs. But I really like the articles.
Please add listening queue functionality 5/5
Love the app and I like listening to audio stories. It would be great if you add queue functionality so that I can add all stories I want to listen to it and listen to them continuously.
Great app 4/5
I like this app a lot better that the economist classic app. The only improvement I would like is for iPhone X users, when scrolling down the text gets between the time on the upper left corner and the same with the network info on the right top corner.
As I read I like to check the time and I have to scroll down until I find a blank space to be able to check the time.
want a important feature please 4/5
By Otto Ying
please do add a long tap the word to look up the word’s meaning, it’s so important to our non-native english speakers.
No dictionary integration 2/5
Cannot look up words in dictionary. Why does this app keep regressing? The always on bar at the bottom of the articles is another distraction.
Just needs iPhone XS Max support 4/5
By Sterling Bourne
The developers just need to respect the top and bottom “no-go” zones on the iPhone XS Max and this app would be perfect!
SUBSCRIPTION SCAM 1/5
Be very careful with their in app subscription. If you subscribe through this app you won’t get full digital access, so you can only access their articles using this app (no the economist classic or espresso or website access!!). This is despite the price being the same as if you register through their website (and get full access)!
By the way, I contacted their customer service and they refused to enable full access.
Only well written general news magazine in USA 5/5
By Merle F
I read The Economist on-line, as it is the only general news magazine that does not insult the intelligence of, or talk down‘ to the reader. The variety of articles is always intriguing and rewarding.
Nice update 4/5
An improvement over the previous (and excellent) app by virtue of integrating daily and espresso articles with the weekly edition. Would be nice to have the dictionary/text selection features.
Terrible customer service 1/5
By paul sanwald
I’ve been a paying subscriber to the economist for 17 years, and have recently cancelled because I lost access to the app, the economist customer service could not resolve the issue or give me a refund. I wouldn’t recommend this app to anyone. I missed many issues, and neither Apple or the economist can give me a refund despite this.
Doesn't remember where you left it 1/5
This has been my main frustration with most of the Economist apps. Most times the latest available app has the functionality to remember the page where you left reading. But then from time to time, the Economist releases a supposedly better app that gains functionality but loses the ability to return to the page where you left it. This is what it seems it's happening with this version of the Economist. Hopefully the developers realize that this is a critical functionality of a magazine app. Please fix it ASAP and will be very happy to increase my rating to 5 stars. For now, will continue using the prior version.
No search? 3/5
This app works and provides access to the Economist - thus 3 stars. There is no search - which is vital - and worked great in the classic app. Finally, scrolling through old editions is rough and sluggish.
The journalism remains one of the best.
Please make the large and extra large font even bigger 3/5
The old app had much bigger font sizes available.
Great app with a flaw 4/5
Missing ability to stream audio to Sonos.
Great app, missing some features 4/5
After cancelling my NYT subscription because of intrusive adverts, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading The Economist on my iPhone. However, I’m frustrated by the lack of the ability to define words within the app. I presume it’s an effort to prevent users from copying/pasting articles out of the app, but this is a missing feature nonetheless. It shouldn’t be too hard to add a proprietary highlight that allows you to define, but not copy text.