By The Slate Group, LLC

  • Category: News
  • Release Date: 2010-02-26
  • Current Version: 5.3.1
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 52.45 MB
  • Developer: The Slate Group, LLC
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.1 or later.
Score: 3
From 3,276 Ratings


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, and The Gist. 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: $4.99 per month and $49.99 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. For additional information regarding Slate Plus please see our FAQ: Slate Privacy Policy and Terms of Use: For additional information regarding auto renewal settings please refer to this link: We are always looking to improve our applications. Please send your thoughts and suggestions to



  • Commenting feature

    By Nun Pants
    The commenting feature on the app hasn’t worked properly in several weeks. It always reports that “There are currently no comments” on any article I click on, even when I can verify via a web browser that, in fact, there are currently comments. It’d be a nice thing to fix when you get a minute.
  • Hypersensitive (technologically)

    By Ploughjogger
    Content is fine, but upon opening, the home page triggers two or three pop up adds in your web browser; touching the screen to scroll down triggers a few more.
  • Keeps getting worse

    By Jiffyrube
    I like Slate, but this app just keeps getting worse. First, The Slatest just stopped updating. Did you know Colin Kaepernik got an award from the ACLU? Slate’s been telling me that groundhog day style since December 3rd. Now the Top Stories section has gone blank. Just blank burgundy squares that don’t link to anything. But don’t worry, the ads still load fine. I guess that’s what they meant when they said they were redoing their ad strategy to make it better-lots of ads and no content? Deleting and reinstalling doesn’t help. So I just use the Overcast App to listen to Mallory Ortberg and avoid the Slate app entirely.
  • Stopped working

    By TerrenceBacon
    Nice, purple panels with no content.
  • Stopped working about three days ago

    By Usylesses
    The app just shows a blank tiles where stories are supposed to be.
  • No slate plus?

    By eeyoredragon
    How in gods name is this not front and center in the app? Or in the app at all for that matter...
  • Malfunctioning, frustrating disaster

    By Tiggrrl66
    I like the content, some days I even love the content. But I hate the app with a burning passion. It never works correctly. I currently have “The Slatest” stories that were published back as far as October showing. And don’t get me started on the ads that pop open out of nowhere and lock my iPhone and iPad in a rabbit hole of hellish redirects to places I’d never browse of my own choice. I’ve waited through multiple updates for improvements, but it only appears to be getting worse, so I Slate will be losing me as an app user. This isn’t worth the trouble!!!
  • Comments not working on iPhone

    By NYC surf
    Comments not working.
  • Good site, decent app, but several glaring weaknesses!

    By AstroPaul
    Updating an earlier review. I’ve downgraded my rating for one simple, major reason: even at the largest setting, the font size is too small! We should not have to hold our iPhones up to our eyeballs to comfortably read the stories! I have many news apps and they all permit much larger font sizes. Please fix this! You have great material, excellent columnists and news analysts, but this is a HUGE barrier! Another problem concerns commenting. On the iPad, comments do NOT seem available. On the iPhone, they are there, but whenever I try entering one, I get an error message. A third immediate problem is that the spacing of text is often wrong on the iPhone, e.g., in recent lists of movie titles, they all run together! Alas, the other problems with the app remain, so I have left my prior reviews here. The major ones are these: * The different sections -- recent, top, and popular -- still overlap far too much. * There is still no customization of the drop down section list. * The old tabbed sections interface worked better and still needs to be brought back. —————————- PRIOR REVIEWS Slate provides a wonderful collection of articles and columns -- a kind of light Atlantic or New Yorker. The info, topics, and writers are good. The new version is a step up, with a more polished design, ease of use, etc. Now, a 4-star app. However, there are some serious issues. 1. First, the upgrade deletes ALL saved stories! Sheesh! That's App Design 101 and the Hippocratic Oath: "First, do no harm!" 2. Second, there is a major design flaw with navigation in the new version. The back arrow for returning to the headline list no longer appears with a simple scroll up or tap! Instead, one is presented with a large top maroon-colored banner--*without* a back arrow! One has to tap a 2nd time-- a nuisance. 3. A third point. The new section system appears to be an improvement in categorization, but is a major step backward in several ways. It's now a left-hand drop down menu, but the previous tabbed interface worked faster, looked cleaner, and made sections more readily accessible. 4. The biggest thing the app needs is a way to customize those sections! For example, we should be able to park our favorite columns or writers there. We always like reading Phil Plait's Bad Astronomy, but it's hard to find. 4a. It would be great if you give us an option to have a tab bar slider across the top-- as well as the drop down--the slider is much more convenient. 5. One major thing is still NOT fixed -- and is even worse now: the stories in the 3 main sections Recent, Top Stories, and Popular overlap greatly! So much so, they are almost indistinguishable! Two of those is all that's needed and with a more select culling of either Top Stories or Popular ones. 6. The background Big Ss behind each of the headlines can often make them hard to decipher! It also looks aesthetically poor. They also jump around a bit when scrolling, so they are distracting to boot. There are also unnecessary! 7. Several of the concerns from the prior review still apply, so I keep that here. -------------------------- PREVIOUS REVIEW The key problems pertain to small font sizing and the jumbled presentation of material! It doesn't matter how good the content is if you can't find it or if parts of the stories or essays are too hard to read! The block quotes in articles and columns, for example, are in too small a font size, even with the font size set at Extra Large. They should be the same size as the regular text. The comments are ridiculously small in size and largely unreadable. The app misses the boat on basic interface guidelines-- the ellipsis ... that should signify further choices -- but is used as a checkmark (for font size). There's no customization of sections-- in fact, there are no sections shown save for Recent, Featured, and Popular! So, the stories and columns are a jumble! The buried list of sections should be put into a sliding tab bar across the top, with user customization of order and topics (see the old Washington Post app for how both should be done). Slate+ is an enhanced version of the offerings, but the FAQ doesn't explain what it is! In the pro column, the astronomy column by Phil Plait is on here. However, it shows up randomly --there's no way of parking it or others in a Favorites section. So, you have to hunt for it and still may not find it. [It's now in the pull down list of sections, but way down, which is inconvenient. Another reason users should be able to customize the section list!] There is a Search box, but then you have to type in his name each time! Look forward to an improved next version!
  • App is hard to understand

    By Dee12345666
    I love Slate and wanted to support them so I joined Slate plus. I downloaded this app for easy access to slate plus content. I've spent more time than I care to mention trying to figure out how to do that. I'm going to have to look at a tutorial or contact email support. Way too much effort to get the content I'm paying for.