Thumbs Down for Update 1/5
The new update makes this app impossible to download on my current device (iPhone). There should be older versions available for download.
Oh goodness gracious lawd almighty 5/5
Reunited and it feels so GOOD. Finally hit that resub button again after so long and was greeted by a new Guides tab! Oh how I’ve missed you Skimm so, so much. Love you forever and ever.
Worth the subscription money to read and hear news that is genuinely informative. If you love current events but get frustrated watching the news on TV, or if you feel like you have to listen to Fox News and CNN back-to-back to “get both sides” and “figure out what’s happening in the middle” .... theSkimm will make your life a whole lot easier. The subscription gives you access to a bunch of comprehensive guides on topics that are typically very polarizing (For example: The History of Labor Unions, the Hong Kong Protests, the Iran Nuclear Deal ....etc). The timeline of an issue is explained objectively to give context and then moments that are particularly controversial are pointed out. Then, both (or more) sides of the argument(s) surrounding the issue are presented. You know, like how news should be. My other favorite feature is the audio notes because I can just throw those on when I’m doing chores or when I’m driving. It’s crazy convenient - I don’t think I’ve ever in my life felt as deeply informed as I do now, and I barely have to try. Which is funny because I certainly used to spend a whole lot more time trying to figure out what’s going on in the world than I do now. Highly recommend.
Links too easy to click while scrolling 3/5
By Mike W L
While scrolling through The Daily Skimm portion of the app, it is too easy to click on a link that they embed within the text. While scrolling, I have to be careful to move my scrolling finger to the left and right to avoid easily getting pushed to one of the linked pages. Otherwise, I love the content and layout of the app. Since the embedded link issue happens a lot due to the way I scroll, it makes it hard to read. Therefore, until that changes, I am giving a three star review, which otherwise would be five stars
Trouble registering, but great once you get in 5/5
I managed to login after registering by tapping the text link “restore purchases“, once I got in I was really happy with the UI and the non-biased professional content. It's a daily app for me now.
Maybe there's some kind of fluke, but I created an account and subscribed but the app still won't even give an option to log in, and you can't use it otherwise. I tried to contact support but there is no link or form to do so...
If this is a strange bug, hopefully the developers will reach out.
Part of My Daily Routine 5/5
100% honesty: here is a snapshot of my day-to-day Skimm routines...
First, I read TheSkimm newsletter while enjoying my morning coffee. While eating my lunch in the afternoon, I peruse the Skimm Reads section via my Skimm iOS app. At the end of the day, SkimmThis, their podcast, provides productive entertainment to keep me alert during my commute. Thank you for making each day of my life a little better you guys! I always speak very highly of TheSkimm.
A fantastic way to stay up to date 5/5
This is such a good way to keep up with all of the current events. It breaks everything down and explains it really well. 10/10 recommend it for both those newly trying to keep up to date and also those who are looking for more easy ways to get the news. This is by far the most approachable way I’ve found so far. It even breaks down terms commonly used in articles that people new to these discussions may not know.
The best part of every weekday... 5/5
By Grandma Gretch
I am a more informed person because of Skimm and well rounded information makes me more interesting. Thank you Skimm.
Really dislike the navigation 3/5
I really dislike the navigation the app
A skim too shallow 3/5
The content producers of theSkimm have apparently focused on an audience that doesn't read mainstream news and accepts TV and radio as sufficient day-to-day info.
I pay for subscriptions to the digital NYT and Washington Post, Columbia Journalism Review, Guardian and other news and commentary sites such as The Intercept, so I already have access to a deep and broad range of news.
TheSkimm is a sort of Cliffs Notes for the folks who missed the evening news. The skeleton is there but the meat is sparse. The app leans heavily on entertainment and celebrity "news" along with sports. I deselected both of those categories in my preferences, but still was served a substantial portion of celebrity fluff.
I don't care for the writing style.
Any sentence that begins "How's who's" will get my attention, but not in a good way. The writers of the story summaries have the mistaken idea that contractions make an idea more enticing, more accessible. That is just not true for those of us who appreciate clear and unambiguous writing. Save the apostrophes for actual possessives, and by all means avoid writing "it's" — any time, anywhere. Pronunciation is important in a podcast, and I had heard enough when the reader of the Moon Landing history twice called the first man in space Yuri "GAG-er-in". She wasn't born yet when Yuri "Gah-GAR-een" entered the history books, but she could have researched the pronunciation.
I don't mean to be overly harsh. I am thankful theSkimm is not a thieving aggregator publishing word-for-word content from journals without compensating the writers and editors. This is original content. It just doesn't satisfy my need for depth.
This app is total garbage 1/5
This app works horribly, Donald Trump is a great president, let’s get that wall built!
Too Partisan 1/5
By Just the Fax 3737
Just fake news repackaged a different way to fool people who think skimm is neutral. No thanks, uninstalled.
A sense of humor and control 5/5
It’s a scary, bleak world these days and I’m guessing most agree that reading the news is pretty painful and depressing. The Skimm adds just enough levity and friendly lightheartedness to make it not only palatable but enjoyable. They soften things a bit, without diluting anything. I also love being in control of the content. I can click deeper if I wish, but I don’t have to. I am truly grateful to these brilliant women who have given me a way to stay connected and informed without totally losing my spirit.
Money grab... FAKE REVIEWS!!? 1/5
I would guess most of the glowing positive reviews are fake. Evidence: Notice the reviews are either 5 stars or 1 star, not much in between.
If this app were a buck I might be into it. But 2.99 monthly for a few calendar items and a podcast?? They are interesting but this is a money grab. And I found it confusing to quit after the free trial. Don't download this app.
Almost perfect 4/5
This news app is almost a perfect, albeit slightly snarky at times, review of the big news of the day. As a baby-boomer male, I really enjoy it. Also, try out the podcast if you get a chance. It’s fun, too.
Great app - Needs Sped up Audio 3/5
A feature used for listening to audiobooks that has proved very useful is being able to speed up the audio for even faster listening. I would love to see this implemented here.
Great news app 5/5
Enjoyable reading with a female twist.
Love your wit 5/5
By Harlam's Bubbio
At 70, I have extra time to pay attention to international affairs. You explain and comment on what’s happening and add a ‘snarchy’ attitude I love! Keep up the terrific reporting and explaining. Wish you had an advisory board I could join- what a fun experience that would be!
By Sharon Buchbinder
I unsubscribed from the Skimm several months ago. I’m still getting billed via Apple Pay. Do not subscribe. You will never get out of this infinity loop.
Informative... but annoying 4/5
I truly like the Skimm because it’s informative on the basics of goings-on around the globe. It can be annoying for a few reasons, though. I feel like it can come across as pretty biased at times. A lot of the trendy verbiage used (another reason I find it pretty annoying) seems to show negativity and bias towards certain things. Another reason (albeit very picky) is that the girl on the Skimm Notes, or whichever one is the daily recording that comes out, cannot pronounce words correctly.
My favorite news source! 5/5
The Skimm is well written (and with a sense of humor), easy to understand with excellent links to further information.
Honest news 5/5
This is the only place I feel I can get daily news breakdown with no political bias. Since reading it, my knowledge on current and past events has sky rocketed.
Rip off 1/5
All my games advertise this app
So finally I downloaded it,
Then read the reviews which are all bad
And after it loaded I find out u have to
Pay What ...I don’t care if it’s a dollar
I’m not paying for news its all around me
FREE... No thanks😡😡😡
Best thing since sliced bread 5/5
Honestly the skim filled a void I did not know that I had. Love everything about it from the Couch to the background information to the daily Skimm which covers everything I need to know for the day and keeps me on top so I don’t look crazy when I talk to the business world. Love that so much is Audio. Thank you.
Best $3 I spend monthly! 5/5
This app is amazing! Keeps me updated and in the loop with out cutting into my busy schedule. The audio clips are great for your commute or just to sit back with a little easy listening!
Used to love it, but no longer 1/5
By True Lake
They’ve started putting clever in front of accuracy. Not interested in wading through that stuff to get to the news, even in short. This is too bad, in that I used to really like this
Luving Skimm 5/5
By Silent Gen
I love Skimm, a great and time wise read @ the beginning of my day with links to follow for a deeper dive into the subject matter.
Liberal Viewpoint 1/5
By Mr. Big N
Great idea, sadly a distinct left-leaning ideology seems to permeate everything on here. Not really what I’m looking for in a news aggregator
Best money ever invested in my knowledge bank 5/5
By lady trappistine
Clear. Concise. Non-biased. Keeps me looking like thee most intelligent, well-informed woman in (&out of) the boardroom. Apple news has nothing on this application. It shouldn’t be a problem that it costs a few dollars, especially since it’s cheaper than a coffee or a cocktail and I get a few of those every week. Worth every penny.
Not good 2/5
By Mott Stamper
More and more of the sites they send you to do you have to pay to look at it which is not good to say the least so if this keeps up now it’s the New York Times and the Washington Post so if this keeps increasing I’m going to stop skimm what’s the point?
The Skimm 🥇 5/5
By Cyn 🎉
I just love everything about The Skimm: the morning news and the new evening podcasts. You rock ladies!!!
They keep charging me for useless stuff 1/5
By santa 112252
Don’t buy this. You can never cancel it’s so annoying and a freaken waste of money. The j formation they give is just like everything else. Not worth the money.
Daily Skim 5/5
Very concise & easy to read their format. Highly recommend for those who are pressed for time!!
By hello, donuts!
It costs money, so it's bad.
Thank you Skim!! I don’t know what I do without you guys!! You’re doing amazing work!!
Worth it! 5/5
By Dude ninja
This app is worth every penny! I recommended the email to everyone and now that I have the app, I’m recommending that to everyone!
This app is worth the money 5/5
It’s cheap and amazing. It’s a great way to get news that’s not left leaning or right leaning, just the facts. If you want to stay informed it’s the perfect way to do that. They offer a lot (daily read, the daily skimm, podcasts, colander of events, etc...) and the best part is that if you can’t afford to pay for it you can just sign up for the emails which I did for a few months and it was good, of course the app is better though. Also, with the app you can now sign up for text questions so they send you a topic each week and you can ask questions and they will answer them. I just signed up for it and can’t wait to ask about the next topic.
5 stars 5/5
I use the Skimm app almost daily. I like the clean look and links better in the app than in the email. I also like the additional content, such as the 5-minute reads. One suggestion is for the weekend content to be able to be accessed at a later date. Sometimes a show or book will be recommended and I can’t find it later.
News App for Busy People 5/5
Keeps me up-to-date in a short amount of time. Everything is concise, informative, and easy-to-follow.
Worth every cent. Highly recommend.
Not free? 1/5
I love the skim but they don’t tell you they’re charging, too bad
Trying to cancel & cannot!! 1/5
The skim is a good read, sometimes. It is definitely geared towards 20 something-year-old‘s. I subscribed over a year ago, rarely read it bc I get my news from other sources. I frankly do not understand the wording often in this newsletter. I do not use or want the calendar either. I have tried unsuccessfully to cancel! HELP! How can I stop them from billing my iphone account! If I cancel the card they just bill the card I have for itunes. I feel like Im being robbed!! Please assist🙏🙏🙏
First piece of media that starts off my day 5/5
By bijiou babe
I think the above says it all
Easy, fun read- keeps me up to date daily 5/5
Love the Skimm, comes to my email every morning keeping me aware of everything major (and entertaining) going on in the US and around the world. It’s written in a light, easy to understand and dry humorous tone that really suits me.
Love the app, no notifications? 3/5
Not getting any notifications on a brand new iPhone XS and the latest version of the app. Installed and reinstalled. What’s going on?
Notifications don’t seem to be working 🤷🏽♂️ fix please.
Quick and factual 5/5
By Pretty's owner
I can not recommend the Skimm enough. It is a fair and balanced news source that skips over all the nonsense and gets right down to the relevant issues. The Skimm app allows me to down load various calendars of things I am interested in and don’t want to miss. They also conduct interesting, thought provoking interviews. There is nothing not to love about this app.
One sided & biased 1/5
You don’t get a balanced viewpoint from this site. Having the new read for you leaves the readers revealing their opinion. Not the balance of it. The “News & News” app does a much better job. You’ll have to read though.
Yay App! 5/5
I love the layout of the app and how the tabs function. It’s easy to navigate and looks good.
App keeps crashing whenever I try to play any of the notes
I came across the Skimm and was excited to receive all of the goodness that came with it.
I did not realize that this was actually something I paid for monthly. I obviously didn’t read the small print and felt it was my stupidity that I am paying $2.99/ month.
I came to terms with that, however, when I tried to open the app it would flash and just close... I haven’t had access to the app in MONTHS, yet my credit card is continuously being charged.
I think the fair thing to do is to cancel my subscription and refund the money paid while the app glitches out on me EVERY TIME I tried to open it.