Unlike most of the apps I use from professional organisations, this app will not allow you to shift it to your SD card. You have to download the issues to read them so the app fills up the memory of your phone. Not at all what I expected from people who profess to know about science.
Great to have NS on my phone but... Brilliant to be able to have multiple issues accessible in your pocket however scrolling of articles is very jittery and unsmooth which distracts a lot from the experience (LG G3 phone), compared to scrolling web pages in Chrome for Android. Even trying to scroll fast back to the top of an article can actually be impossible. If they can sort this then it would be wonderful. Also it doesn't seem to remember which issue I was reading have to select it again whenever I re-launch the app.
Poor app. Very buggy. Bought a one year subscription last October but it has prematurely expired - for the third time. It is very difficult to fix this problem and the helpdesk is pretty useless. As a subscriber, you are supposed to be able to download any past issues, but everything before my digital subscription requires payment - even though I have been a loyal subscriber for more than 30 years and have paid for every issue. Unfortunately, the print edition is erratic with only three out of four paid for issues actually arriving and most of the rest being late. I shall go back to purchasing from the news agent, since although more expensive, it is reliable.
Keeps crashing. Very brittle I was hoping that this would be better than trying to get the webpage on mobile. Needs more work! I'll use it when it's there!!!
Subscriptions through the new Scientist web site are not instant. They are done using direct debit and take a couple of days to process. This method is new scientists recommendation as it gives you access to web content as well as app content. If you just want to use the app to read the content you are better subscribing through the play store and I believe that this week be instantaneous. Just to note this was not made obvious when I subscribed so I also had a lengthy interaction with new scientist support. The response times are a little slow. It would be better if this was made clear before subscribing as well as in further correspondence as my initial experience was not great.
A good magazine, a poor app. Content as always is enlightening and generally well written, however the app looks dated and is poorly laid out in comparison to other Paid Content apps. I generally prefer to wait for my Print copy to come through the post, which says something, as almost all of my other Paid Content is happily consumed on tablet.
New Scientist for Android delivers weekly issues of New Scientist including in-depth features and the much-loved Feedback and Last word sections. The app includes free sample issues to read. Single issues are available to purchase or you can subscribe to receive them all. This latest release includes general bug fixes and requires fewer permissions upon install. To read only news for free, visit newscientist.com or the Google News app.
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