Great Content Poor Build The magazine is great - it's what National Geographic got us used to. It's sad, however that the online presentation is not to the standard of the iPad app. It needs lots of work to get there. It's basically a glorified PDF version of the magazine. At least it's finally available on Google Play. I hope this will be improved soon given the amount of people using android now.
Who doesn't enjoy National Geographic? I'm a big fan of the magazine and have been for many years. While I would much prefer to have something tangible to read, it isn't always going to be available. This method of enjoying the magazine is an acceptable substitute.
Did I just pay more for no access to the archives? I have no issue with the PDF format, as the little print doesn't bother me and the pictures are stunning... but the 20$ price tag without the archives is disappointing :/ I don't see how buying the 15$ ipad version via the ngm website gets you past issues while here on android I have to buy back issues at newsstand price. I am disgruntled. Emotionally this is one star, but the app is well enough that I won't go that low.
Unbeatable Content, But Why The Android Hate? I've loved National Geographic since I was a kid, and still feel that the content is second-to-none, but this e-Version? Really pretty lame (basically a PDF). I hear that their iOS version is much better, but apparently, nobody @ NatGEO got the memo that most people are using Android nowadays.
Awesome magazine, but poor layout and slow issue rollout The content itself is great, and getting the digital copy for both my iPad and OnePlus One for no additional charge (I'm a print subscriber) is great. The iPad app, however, is much better quality (a shame, as I'm looking into an Android tablet), as it's actually interactive while the Android version is basically A PDF. Also, this month's issue was actually available on the iPad before it arrived in my physical mailbox, while I just got last month's issue on my OnePlus One. :/ I'm disappointed.
Review of Format I've found that the April 2014 issue of this Magazine is essentially broken. The zoom feature and the table of contents feature do not work at all, rendering the magazine almost unreadable. I'm unsure of whether this is Google's problem, or National Geographic's, either way it's unacceptable and needs to be fixed. I would not recommend buying the digital copy of this magazine from Google Play, as even at it's best the interface is clunky, and there are major problems cropping up. Remember that this review is not for the content of the magazine, rather it is a review of the format here. National Geographic consistently has fantastic articles and pictures, I don't regret my purchase in that respect, I just wish now that I had gotten the physical magazine.