New Scientist App Reviews

By New Scientist Ltd

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New Scientist app review

New Scientist App Info

  • 15 Ratings
  • Price: Free
  • Category: News
  • Updated: Aug 16 2018
  • Version: 2.5.0
  • Size: 27.95 MB
  • Seller: New Scientist Ltd
  • © New Scientist Ltd

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Customer Reviews of the New Scientist App

Great mag. Complete app failure.

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JoelieJoelie's Review of New Scientist

Reviewed on 9/17/18 1:31 PM

Purchase via iTunes. Trouble logging in each and every time. Customer support was not helpful. Password issues, freezing-up, logging in over and over again. How does a magazine such as this have an app that performs so poorly? Truly disappointed.

What’s happening

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jprTX's Review of New Scientist

Reviewed on 8/16/18 10:40 PM

If you want to know what’s happening in science, this is the magazine for you. Much theoretical and some practical information

Before you subscribe read this (I did and regret it)

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eliax's Review of New Scientist

Reviewed on 8/14/18 10:52 PM

Before you subscribe to this App please be aware of the following serious issues it has: 1. You DO NOT get access to the latest content until a week later. So if you read a cool story on New Scientist’s twitter account for example and want to read it right away, tough luck, you have to wait a week. 2. If you subscribe through the App, you DO NOT get access to the web version which has the latest issues and is up-to-date. 3. While reading articles inside the App you often get links to previous articles, but you CAN NOT read those articles because they point to the web versions instead of the App version. 4. You CAN NOT search for anything across multiple magazines, you can only search inside the magazine you are reading. 5. Your bookmarks ARE NOT saved to iCloud, which means they do not carry over between your iPhones and iPads. It also means that if you need to reinstall the App (something you probably will do because of bugs in the App) you will lose all your precious bookmarked articles. 6. DO NOT believe the high rating of this App. What they do is that after they get a lot of bad ratings they release “a new version” of the App (really the same App with maybe a couple of bugs fixed) which clears all the bad ratings (Apple should fix this behavior). 7. The interface is among the worst interfaces you will ever use to navigate an App. Totally non-intuitive. 8. The only GOOD thing about this App is the quality of the articles themselves, but they are layered behind one of the worst App experiences I have ever used in my life.

Slowly improving...and regressing...

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rktca's Review of New Scientist

Reviewed on 8/13/18 6:14 PM

Update: **august 2018 app no longer saves my last-read place, but sends me to the main issue list**. Not even my Download list. This makes it soooo much worse that I know I'll barely use it until that critical feature is fixed/added back. So sad I updated the app now; I wish I could revert to the previous version. Still has weird issues with the article titles on iPhone X. Navigating between new issues and Downloads is easier. Update: okay FINALLY it seems to return to the last article I was reading immediately upon opening the app. This is a huge deal because it dramatically lowers the friction open up the app and read an article quickly. +1 star for this. However... The article display is not good. First, the titles of articles are stuck under the menu bar. This was not broken before. The size of text has been a problem for a while and it might be worse now. I have two options: small, and comically huge. I have no idea why it's so difficult to get the type in a reasonable size for this one app. ----after further experience with the new main page magazine list that scrolls to the most recent magazine instead of the one I'm reading, plus the horrible new method of deleting finished issues, I'm further reducing my rating by a star. -- end update The app still has all the great content from new scientist. The new UI has so many problems I can't list them all off the top of my head. Here are a few examples: 1. The method of deleting old issues is a convoluted and nonsensical series of steps (about as bad as it was before... but new!). 2. Returning to the last issue you were reading is now more difficult and slow. 3. The new menu is the upper-right has its commands centered (!) In the menu instead of left-justified. It looks like someone just slapped it together blindfolded. 4. The display settings are inconveniently hidden away from the articles to ensure that it's impossible to know the effect of changing the font size, etc. I don't mind updating UIs, especially when it has problems, but please please get a designer to do it rather than some random app developer or the marketing department. This app was clearly not redesigned by a trained UX designer. Ugh. If you want to skip hiring a designer please go copy a good app directly instead of attempting to make one from scratch.

Best at what it does

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Wxbill's Review of New Scientist

Reviewed on 6/16/18 2:35 AM

Concise, clear, and interesting. The best feature is a link to the original paper. This publication is worth the time. It is written for busy people who want to keep up, but can’t spend hours reading. The graphics and overall presentation are on target for one who enjoys science and its rapid pace of change.

Fake subscriptions do not allow Web access

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Bangs Family's Review of New Scientist

Reviewed on 6/12/18 9:41 PM

You can subscribe to New Scientist from the app, but the subscription is limited to iPhone only even you paid the full digital subscription price. This is not explained. Once you subscribe with iTunes, the app shows the content, but when you click to Account Settings, it asks you for a subscriber ID and password that you do not have. When you call support, they say you are not a subscriber. When I said I subscribed by iTunes, the rep had to research for 1/2 hour before realizing that they do not know the identity of iTunes subscribers and asked me to call Apple for the pass word to access their web site. Of course, Apple cannot give out passwords to newscientist.com. If you want to subscribe to New Scientist, use the web site and get a real digital subscription. Other than the fake subscription feature, I like the app and would recommend it to access a subscription purchased from the web site.

Great content, horrible app

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MJ3749's Review of New Scientist

Reviewed on 5/17/18 7:39 PM

From the second I downloaded this app it’s had nothing but problems. I need to redownload issues every time I open the app due to a lack of storage on my phone, despite having 10 gigabytes available. And now it won’t even let me download any issues at all. The content is excellent, but the app itself is an absolute disaster.

Customer service is lacking

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LowReed's Review of New Scientist

Reviewed on 2/27/18 9:02 AM

I’ve given up trying.

Slowly improving...and regressing...

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rktca's Review of New Scientist

Reviewed on 2/10/18 7:58 PM

Update: okay FINALLY it seems to return to the last article I was reading immediately upon opening the app. This is a huge deal because it dramatically lowers the friction open up the app and read an article quickly. +1 star for this. However... The article display is not good. First, the titles of articles are stuck under the menu bar. This was not broken before. The size of text has been a problem for a while and it might be worse now. I have two options: small, and comically huge. I have no idea why it's so difficult to get the type in a reasonable size for this one app. ----after further experience with the new main page magazine list that scrolls to the most recent magazine instead of the one I'm reading, plus the horrible new method of deleting finished issues, I'm further reducing my rating by a star. -- end update The app still has all the great content from new scientist. The new UI has so many problems I can't list them all off the top of my head. Here are a few examples: 1. The method of deleting old issues is a convoluted and nonsensical series of steps (about as bad as it was before... but new!). 2. Returning to the last issue you were reading is now more difficult and slow. 3. The new menu is the upper-right has its commands centered (!) In the menu instead of left-justified. It looks like someone just slapped it together blindfolded. 4. The display settings are inconveniently hidden away from the articles to ensure that it's impossible to know the effect of changing the font size, etc. I don't mind updating UIs, especially when it has problems, but please please get a designer to do it rather than some random app developer or the marketing department. This app was clearly not redesigned by a trained UX designer. Ugh. If you want to skip hiring a designer please go copy a good app directly instead of attempting to make one from scratch.

Backward step in usability

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ATXDavidG's Review of New Scientist

Reviewed on 12/23/17 12:06 AM

The new app is a backward step in usability. Instead of clear text labels for functions, there are vague icons.stop this stupid dumbing down and obfuscation of user interfaces. Months after this app was released I’m still struggling with it. I’m actually considering going back to the paper version. I cannot even find. Way to simply read cover to cover. Finding the FIRST story in the issue is HARD. Guys, I’m a software designer. This app is BAD.