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.
Good reading, no interactive features I love NatGeo (who doesn't?), but hate getting physical copies of magazines that stack up and take space until I either recycle or give them away (then find myself wanting to reread an article I've gotten rid of months earlier). Having a digital subscription is the perfect answer to this. I've had mine for quite awhile and absolutely love it. That said, I hate reading along and seeing ads telling me I can see extra content by subscribing to the digital version of the magazine, only to realize those extra, interactive features are only available on iPad, not Android devices. A huge portion of the market now uses Android devices, so essentially snubbing us by offering the consolation prize of a PDF version of the magazine without cool features is not a good idea. Please give us what everyone else has - after all, we *are* paying for it.
Poor presentation and worse customer service Downloaded and found the presentation poor, really just a PDF. Worse is when you try to get a refund 5 minutes after purchase and the links redirect you to pages with no link to request a refund. As well the contact Google play link simply opens a FAQ page.
Poor build The magazine is wonderful, but this tablet version leaves much to be desired. The loading is slow, the print is tiny and I guess I am used to ebooks because I wish there was an actual make text larger instead of just zooming. The additional "online only" I have no idea where to find. I have been a print subscriber for a good 6 years, but since NatGeo only just started allowing free tablet and not just ios I only just downloaded this. I was promised free archives, but if I want to read the previous magazines, that are sitting on my bookshelf, on my tablet I have to pay $4.99 for them! ridiculous!
Did I just pay more for no access to the archives? I have no issue with the PDF format, as the little print doesn't bother me and the pictures are stunning... but the 20$ 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.
No longer reflects past quality levels. Crashes constantly. I've given up on being able to read any issues. My subscription expires in a few months and Fox has just fired the award winning staff after buying the magazine's name. Due to this I'm not renewing and I demanding a refund for remaining issues. I've had this magazine in my life since childhood but enough is enough.