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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.

R.Middlebrook ,

Amazing Application! Well thought out and executed

While I understand the issue of pricing, the application itself is amazing. You can really tell how long and hard the design team spent rethinking what a online magazine could be. I have purchased every online magazine available for the iPad and there are simply no others that come close. I have stopped reading magazines all together due to the bulk, wasted paper, and the inability to keep up on what issues I had read. Now, it's as easy as a keystroke. When friends and family ask me what makes me love the iPad, I simply show them the future of print technology contained in Popular Science and USA Today. This is simply the future. Anyone not on board will feel like they are still selling or using floppy disks. This makes virtually every other media print resource obsolete. Couldn't be more excited about how we obtain and digest our information.

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
126.3 MB

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


English, Catalan, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian Bokmål, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, Traditional Chinese

Age Rating
In-App Purchases
  1. April 2010 $2.99
  2. May 2010 $2.99
  3. June 2010 $2.99


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