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.
NG Magazine touts a free digital subscription via Google Play with a paid print sub but refuses to accept responsibility and won't deliver on it's promise. You can't access any back issues and must PAY extra. Nat Geo Customer Service is no help and blames Google Play and the developer. They claim they've never heard of this problem, it's the first time. Really? With all the frustrated 1 star reviews, I asked what do you plan do about this, it has your name on it. Why would you allow this because I'm holding NG responsible. The representative said nothing will happen because supervisors don't care. I'm filing a complaint with the BBB.
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.
This review is toward the user experience (UX) of the digital magazine and not toward the content of the magazine. I've been a long time reader of NG and decided to try their digital version. By no means am I liking the experience so far. First, each pages takes a while to load even though I downloaded a copy for offline reading. Flipping through pages and waiting for it to render is equivalent to surfing the web on a dial up modem. I like to mention I do NOT have this issue when reading Vanity Fair nor Reader's Digest. Second, pages are direct scan of the physical magazine where the fonts and pictures are tiny. Even on a 6" smartphone I find the need to zoom in just to be able to read the article. There are several pages that have two column layout and that makes reading even more difficult.
I have a digital subscription and I had been using this just fine for months then a few days ago the National Geographic magazine disappeared from my newsstand (even the specific copies I had downloaded for offline use). I can no longer find a way to get ANY national geographic english magazines on my android device. It is as though National Geographic just doesn't exist in the Playstore/Newsstand Store. All I can find is the french version. Even as I write this I have no way of downloading anything back onto my phone. I have not found any reports on this issue elsewhere, not sure what is going on. Hope this gets fixed soon cause I am paying a monthly subscription fee for the magazine and dont have an iphone or ipad to download the magazine too. Pretty annoyed.
A mess This is a quickly thrown together pdf where most of the functionalities are broken, probably just a scan of the print mag since there is no text mode. It is a complete disgrace that they sell this for more money than the ios version with none of the functionalities AND no access to archives. A pure insult to the reader base, enough that it made me sever all link I had to nat geo, not to return ever again.