New Scientist is by far the best general science publication for an educated person to stay informed of developments in all the major areas. The articles are beautifully written.The App for iPad is very user friendly.
Been reading new scientist for over 40 years and can’t live without it! I love reading the articles in order of my curiosity when they come. I’ve just changed to digital and find it a great asset with even more resources available than having hard copy. I never thought I’d say this but I’m finding I prefer digital as the copies were always stacking up. The scrapbook option for articles is brilliant, as a new user I’m not sure how to scrapbook across devices but I’m sure I’ll figure it out:)
I love New Scientist, and love reading it on the iPad, but this app is disappointing - every month or so it refuses to recognize my subscription for a couple of days. I write to customer service but it appears the app recovers itself. However, the ad at the bottom of the screen is just horrible. It gives the whole thing the feel of Candy Crush - Free Mode. Very tacky for content I’m paying for, and a major reduction in user experience. I think it’s tragic that the app product manager(s) have so little respect for the fabulous magazine content.
Love this magazine! Having it so accessible is causing me to be informed of so many amazing science news stories. It’s hard to put down when you can look at previous articles so readily, it’s become a learning addiction. Thanks!
As a paying subscriber throwing in cheap, ugly network adverts is absolutely horrible. By all means place adverts between articles as other digital mags do, but sticking them over the content I’ve paid to read is a joke - it’s crass, clumsy UI that benefits neither users nor advertisers.
July 2019. Does not fix the big UI issues or bring back the feature that puts you directly into the article you were last reading. Type size is still a joke. The fact that the update notes have two typos in a short note indicate the level of care that New Scientist is putting into this app. Planning to let my sub expire because I am still not reading due to the UI of the app! Very sad. Just bring back the old feature to immediately pick up where I left off!! — June 2019 still doesn’t return to the last read article. As expected, my time in the app has dropped off a lot as a result. Font sizes are still absurd. **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.
Ads. Ads that block navigation. For a paid service. The content is 5 stars. The app is 1 star. Shameful.
From year to year this magazine became poorer. More and more of politicized blah-blah about climate and less and less about real science. Some areas like material science became out of scope of New Scientist. I guess this is because for writing about subjects like materials need not political position but understanding of the subject. And last blow is google ads that appear in mobile version. Hey, I paid (more than for others magazines) for subscription and you place those adds. You have a lot of money from me you have money from google ads; maybe it’s time to hire better contributors?
NewScientist is an excellent source of information for all. As a Biology lecturer, I was able to give current information on topics such as GMO foods to current human evolution.