The login problems are back in this version, and it’s reeeeeeallly annoying. Why won’t you fix the app? You are losing paying subscribers. Not only do I have to disable my VPN to log in on my phone, doing the same on my ipad is not allowing me to log in - the purple page that comes up with the ‘login’ or ‘restore purchases’ option just sits there, unclickable. This is AWFUL. Fix it. —— previous review Ugh. Every time there’s an update I am foolishly hopeful you will have fixed issues with this goldurn app. I still have issues with login not working (periodically getting logged out and not being able to logs back in) and with dark mode not allowing me to view the comments I’m typing as I’m typing them. Is this really all that hard? I do not have this issue with any other app. At all. Ever. Like, not even once. Sincerely, Slate Plus Subscriber Despite Crankiness
I have been reading Slate since it began and finally gave in and purchased Slate+ this year because they started metering and tightening the amount of free reads. Maybe that makes me cheap, but I’m a school teacher and try to save pennies where I can. IMO the writing is not what is was 10 years ago, but it is still pretty strong on the whole and still feels indispensable to me. BUT, I don’t know how they can sleep at night charging us almost $60 and giving us an app that is so legendarily dreadful. And the thing is: the app has always been bad. They fix it for a while and then it breaks, again and again. When I wasn’t paying for it, I swallowed my complaints. But c’mon! I know they had a major loss of ad revenue since Covid, which lead to the tighter meter, but can you please allocate some resources to the tech side here? I have to sign in again, every time, for each new story, and the podcast play bar only appears halfway on my iPhone screen. And the podcast does not remember where you paused. And the podcast time codes are often completely unrelated to the actual concepts of time and space. Ugh. I know I said it was indispensable, but after my subscription ends, I will learn to live without if improvements aren’t made.
Login issues finally resolved but still find that the app is slow to load and a bit quirky (ie loads its own article links into a web browser). However, Slate content is abundant and high quality. —— Log-in simply does not work anymore. Constantly kicked out even right after I’ve logged in. app is also slow to load and glitchy. Not a great way to treat subscribers. Have given up on app and using mobile web for now.
I would like to be able to fine tune the "Recent" section. As is, there are a lot of stories that I don't want to read. Maybe a personalized landing page or something.
Slate has fantastic content. The app has to be one of the worst I have ever dealt with. There is no way to set your favorite shows to pop up when a new episode is dropped so I tend to listen to the shows I like on other apps despite there being adds on other apps. Finding the podcasts you want to listen to is very difficult because the navigation is so convoluted. Also, there is not option to speed up the podcasts. I know these journalists love the sound of their own voices but those of us with real jobs and lives sometimes don’t have time to listen to them at normal speed and need to speed it up.
Like so many others, I enjoyed your writing, but not enough to pay for ad-filled (somebody ought to look up Cumulative Layout Shift), click-baity articles. Provide value and maybe we’ll pay. I’m uninstalling the app after years.
This app is utterly broken in the way its notifications work. I’ll get a notification about a story that looks interesting so I’ll click on it fully expecting the app to open to the article I question. Instead, the just opens and then you are left to wade through any number of articles depending on when the one you are looking for was published. How is it every othe news organization doesn’t have this problem? Please fix it before I’m convinced to quit wasting my time and cancel my Slate+ subscription.
I read Slate off and in for years. Now they won’t let me read without paying $60/year. Your articles are not worth half the price of a video streaming g service. I read less than 10 articles a month. I’m not paying 50 cents a piece to read them in an app that almost never properly formatted the content or show embedded tweets correctly. After almost a decade, I’ll be deleting the app tonight and will likely stop interacting with Slate altogether as I only read news on my iPhone. Such a waste.
This was a good app with interesting journalism. However not worth $60 a year. I have deleted it.
There was a time when slate was number one for really really smart people thoughtfully commenting on the issues of the day in a way no one else was. Now much of the time it feels like ia bunch of (still) smart people shouting out ideological platitudes with no room for either dissent or any thoughtful disagreement. It’s definitely a watered down version of its former self, still somewhat readable, but only occasionally informative or interesting. Mike Pesca is presumably gone, which is a huge loss. There’s still Jordan Weissman, Christina Cautericci, the whole Political Gabfest and others to look forward to, but if I’m being honest,Slate’s not the go to it once was.