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Donresto ,


What a great way to get a magazine, I first thought, no trash to throw out or recycle, and Popular Science tries to spiff the digital issues up with videos and animations, which I must admit are clever, but often do nothing to enhance the story. The first glitch I noticed was that the videos often lost their sound. The touch interface often does not do what I thought I was asking it to do, I really think it is a case of too many options, (vertical,horizontal, touch, double touch) a swipe that is just a little off is read as sideways rather than up and down. The final insult was the common one in all of the bad reviews: when a new issue appeared on the news stand app icon, I would go to my library only to find that not only was the new issue not there, all my past issues were gone! The last two months I was able two restore the issues using the "missing issues?" button, but this month - NOTHING! I tried to access my account, but it told me that none of my passwords would work. There should be a way to contact popsci easily through this app to tell them about the problems, but I look through the app in vain, maybe you can do it through the inaccessible "my account" ......A good idea, but poorly done..

Jason143221 ,

OK, the price is high, but the actual App is great!

I just wanted to chime in and give a 5 star review to offset somewhat all the 1 star reviews based on price alone. I almost passed on even considering this app because of the relatively low user rating. Thankfully I read through the reviews, and saw while most agree it's a bit expensive, the actually app is great. I installed and downloaded the last 2 issues. I gotta say after the initial getting use to the interface, I really love this format. When I show off the iPad, this is one of the apps I use. And after reading through the first issue, I'm hooked.

So yes, while each issue is expensive for now, I'm hopeful the price will come down in time as more people start buying. I hope they can make this work, because I really love the format and it presents the content beautifully! For now I'll just wait until the previous month drops in price, and cross my fingers they come out with some lower cost yearly subscription.

One suggestion though, make any URL's listed active. You can't click on the link, and there's no way to copy and past it either.

mortarman81mm ,

Gorgeous, But Shallow

I'm very disappointed by this app. I expected content comparable to the print version of the magazine and that's just not the case.

Although the app itself presents absolutely beautiful images, navigation is random and unintuitive, and app is extremely light on content. One interface device they've employed that's actually kind of nice is the ability to hide text so you can view the imagery without clutter, but it doesn't make up for the other UI issues. Articles are shallow, and there just isn't much "there" there. If all I wanted were pretty pictures of science and technology topics with pithy commentary I would stick with USA Today, or some similar mass media outlet. Additionally, rather than downloading the current issue to your Mac for synchronization, it downloads the current issue upon launch, which is extremely poor implementation, IMHO; I don't want to have to wait 90+ seconds to read the magazine after launching.

This app would be worth it at perhaps $0.99, but definitely not for $4.99. I would suggest the editors at PopSci go take a look at Wired, which hasn't skimped on content at all and is a better model (though still needs improvement) of how to deliver content in the iPad era.


Bonnier Corporation
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Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


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Age Rating
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