Slate.com

Slate.com

By The Slate Group, LLC

  • Category: News
  • Release Date: 2010-02-26
  • Current Version: 5.3.15
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 55.41 MB
  • Developer: The Slate Group, LLC
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.1 or later.
Score: 4
4
From 5,894 Ratings

Description

Enjoy Slate, the award-winning daily online magazine, on iPhone and iPad. Slate’s wry, insightful reporting and commentary on politics, news, and culture is now available in an application designed to optimize your mobile and tablet reading, listening, and viewing experience. The app offers a clean, easy-to-use interface and includes Slate articles, blogs, podcasts, and videos. Features include: - Access to the latest Slate articles and blogs, including Slate’s popular political and legal commentary, movie and television reviews, and Dear Prudence. - Slate’s popular daily podcasts, including the Political Gabfest, the Culture Gabfest, The Gist and Slow Burn. The app allows users to play podcasts in the background while browsing other content. - A home screen designed to showcase Slate’s top stories while allowing readers to browse the most recent and most popular stories. - Tools that let users share Slate stories and features via e-mail, Twitter, Facebook, and SMS. - Our membership product, Slate Plus is now available via in app purchase. The app is free to download, however we do display advertisements within the app. Additionally we offer the ability to log in to your existing Slate Plus account or purchase a new Slate Plus account through the in app purchases. Your Slate Plus account can be used on your iOS devices as well as our website. To use your Slate Plus subscription on other devices you must create an account after completing your purchase. You can always create an account at a later time if you choose not to do so initially after your purchase. With your Slate Plus subscription, you'll receive: - Access to all Slate Plus content - An ad-free experience By creating an optional account you’ll also receive: - Single-page articles - In-page commenting - Bonus podcast segments - Early release, member-only and ad-free podcasts - Access to Slatesters - Access to premium seating at our live events - Early access to and 30% off tickets to our live events Slate Plus Subscription details: There are two subscription option available for purchase: $5.99 per month and $58.99 per year (Save 17% with the annual) plan. New content is continuously being published by our writers. Your account will automatically renew at the end of each month or year depending on your subscription. Payment will be charged to your iTunes account at confirmation of purchase. Subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period. You can manage your subscription and auto-renewal may be turned off by going to user account settings after purchase. No cancellation of the current subscription is allowed during active subscription period. Any unused portion of a free trial period, if offered, will be forfeited when the user purchases a subscription to that publication, where applicable. For additional information regarding Slate Plus please see our FAQ: http://www.slate.com/articles/slate_plus/slate_plus/2014/03/frequently_asked_questions_about_slate_plus.html Slate's Privacy Policy: https://slate.com/privacy Slate's Terms of Use: https://slate.com/terms For additional information regarding auto renewal settings please refer to this link: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202039 We are always looking to improve our applications. Please send your thoughts and suggestions to ios@slate.com.

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  • Unusable. 3x3 photo layout is poor. Font size too small. No customization.

    1
    By AstroPaul
    One version of this app is broken. It shows no headlines, articles, or opinion columns, but still shows ads! No version number is given under settings. The other version on my iPad (5.3.15) ridiculously shows a 3x3 grid of photos with bold cut-off headlines, which is hard to process and renders the app unusable. There is no way of changing the layout or font size. There are no global settings options. The left-hand drop down menu is a long one, but only shows a few entries at a time in a large, cartoonish font! Hard to scroll through! This new version also deletes ALL of your previously saved stories and articles! That's horrible design. The developers have violated the Hippocratic Software Oath, “First, do no harm!” Please give us an option to use the old interface and transfer our saved stories. Even worse, this new version litters stories with ads; plus, it puts a bunch of ads at the bottom of each article or column, many with grotesque images. Yech! At this point, I cannot see subscribing or contributing to Slate! Note: Oddly, the old version of the app still works fine on the iPod Touch and iPhone SE. But I won't be upgrading as it could destroy what is working well! —————— Here's my earlier review. Slate provides wonderful articles and columns -- a progressive Atlantic or New Yorker. The info, topics, and writers are good. The app, though, needs major work. It also behaves quite differently on the iPad vs. the iPod Touch and iPhone. The 5.3.15 one, which seems to be the latest, has fixed several problems ON THE IPAD, although it has introduced others: There are NO options or settings in the pull-down menu; oddly, its general font size controls are INSIDE of EACH story; and, unfortunately, it displays headlines in a large 3 x 3 block grid of photos + BOLDED words (w/o any article text) rather than the far more inviting scrolling list of smaller photos with headlines and first sentence or brief blurb on each article or column. PLEASE GIVE USERS THE OPTION TO DISPLAY A SCROLLING LIST OF HEADLINES, JUST THE WAY IT WORKS ON THE IPHONES. On the iPod Touch 6 and iPhone SE, version 5.3.15 is an absolute mess. The text for comments still remains far too small and the section interface remains poor, with the same problems that occur on the smaller i-devices! Here are the details. FONT PROBLEM ON IPHONES AND IPOD TOUCHES Even at the largest setting, the font size for stories is far too small to read comfortably. Users should NOT have to hold their devices right up to their eyeballs to read the stories! I have many other news apps and they all permit *much larger* font sizes. Please fix this! It should be adjustable to LARGE sizes on the iPhone and iPod Touch as it is on the iPad as users need or prefer. You have great material at Slate, and excellent columnists and news analysts, but the small font size is a HUGE barrier to reading such great content! It’s way past time that you provide users with bigger font size options. There are other font glitches, too. The spacing of text is often wrong on the iPhone, e.g., in lists of movie titles, they all run together! SECTIONS PROBLEM You still haven’t restored the slider-tab interface or g users with the ability to customize sections. * The tabbed section slider interface worked better. A year or two ago, you switched to a left-hand drop down menu, but it’s clumsy. The tabbed interface worked faster, looked cleaner, and made sections more accessible. So, please give users an option to restore that. * There is still NO customization of the drop down section list. It’s a long list, so it means scrolling to get to the section that one wants to read. We should be able to reorder the list and park our favorite columns or writers there. We always liked reading Phil Plait's Bad Astronomy, but he was hard to find — and now, alas, lost for good as he went elsewhere. * The stories in the 2 main sections, Recent and Popular, still overlap far too much! So much so, they are almost indistinguishable! Better culling is needed. COMMENTS PROBLEM Another big problem is that the text in comments is too tiny to read easily! That's true on the iPad as well as the iPhones and iPod Touches. Plus, you provide no way of making it bigger! NAVIGATION PROBLEM Navigation remains obscure on the smaller i-devices. The back arrow for returning to the headline list is hidden. There is a ghostly, barely visible banner at the top, and the back arrow is typically obscured. It should appear as it does on the iPad, a distinct, visible, white left arrow. AESTHETICS AND DISTRACTIONS The background photos and Big Ss behind each of the headlines on the iPhone and IPT interferes with the text and often make them hard to read! It also looks poor aesthetically. The Ss jump around when scrolling, so they are distracting to boot. They are completely unnecessary! Slate+ is an enhanced version of the offerings, but the FAQ doesn't explain what it is! Its stories often aren’t flagged clearly, either. In any case, please give us an option for a scrolling headline display on the iPad and fix the font size and section issues — as well as the other problems. Make sure that new version don't delete saved stories. Make sure that the app lives up to the quality of the magazine and site itself!
  • search is hidden and horrible

    2
    By Drangundsturm
    As a Slate Plus subscriber I have to say the app’s search function undermines any positives the app has. First they hide it. Perhaps they’re hiding their shame. Second when you try and use it, the second you start typingWhat you’re typing disappears and it starts guessing what do you mean based upon your hidden characters. Third it doesn’t work particularly well. Fourth once you’re done searching the hamburger is gone so you can’t go anywhere but to one of the (crappy) search results without closing the app entirely and reopening it. The only conclusion I can come to is that they don’t want you to search. You’re better off not using the app at all and instead using the Google app.
  • There Is No Podcast Section.

    1
    By jimsilk
    Advice in version history and elsewhere is wrong.
  • Come ON

    1
    By deirdre_lyon
    As a Slate Plus subscriber, I expect, bare minimum, that links to Slate Plus content should open in the app, where I am logged in. As a person in the world who uses technology, I expect indexing to work on the app. There are frequently things missing from the main page, and it’s not always updated - it can go stale for almost a full day even when things are available on the website.
  • God Content, Lots of Bugs

    1
    By QueenBean2016
    A few major issues with Slate Plus that have been so inconveniencing that I’ve contemplating ending my subscription. 1. The Apple Slate Plus App keeps posting versions of podcasts with ads for random stuff, as well as slate ads. I paid for no ads! 2. The episode will play, get to the Slate Plus section, and then suddenly cut of, sayin “This was a preview of Slate Plus.” So where do I get the content I paid for? 3. Podcasts get posted late on the Slate Plus app. Why is it that I can find Slate content everywhere else first? 4. The app itself won’t always register as playing, or can’t kick other audio apps off when it starts, as a result there are no out of app controls. It’s slowly getting better, but this is unacceptable.
  • Not useful

    2
    By Clare-Dragonfly
    What’s the point of having an app for Slate when Slate links—even within the Slate app itself—do not open in the Slate app? If I’m logged in to Slate Plus in the app, and I see a podcast that I want to subscribe to, I should not have to log in again, then scroll around in several places in order to find my podcast link. Slate seems to want us to listen to podcasts within the app, but that just isn’t how I prefer to listen. Two stars instead of one because it is a better reading experience in the app than in my phone browser, if I can find the article I want to read.
  • Why is the app so consistently bad?

    1
    By Chikitowonga
    Why is the Slate app so consistently bad? I enjoy the content when I can get to it. It crashes constantly. The videos don’t play. The links don’t work. When links refer to another Slate article, the link doesn’t just open the article in the app, but instead opens this sort of browser window within the app. It’s strange. Update after update I hope these issues will be fixed and they never are.
  • Paid for app and now can’t access content

    1
    By ajs8805
    I paid for Slate Plus to listen to podcasts. After successfully logging into slate app, it won’t allow me to listen to podcasts. In FAQ it advises to use login information on Apple podcasts or stitcher. Just tried that and it won’t recognize my login even though the slate site does. I guess that’s $50 down the drain.
  • app freezes and shuts down

    3
    By JockDoc1957
    Content is fine but about every 3-5 minutes ( on a bad day- sometimes it doesn’t happen but usually does), the app will either freeze (can’t scroll at all) or just quit/blank.
  • nightmare app

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    By Jessjensen
    I paid for a subscription so that I could access more content from my favorite shows—some of which are not new. there does not appear to have a search function, nor a menu of podcasts. the daily feed slate app is a nightmare of information overload with no way to personally tailor to my interests. as a previous user said, when you entice your listeners with extra features and then the features are missing or impossible to access, you end up alienating your biggest fans.

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