Slate.com

Slate.com

By The Slate Group, LLC

  • Category: News
  • Release Date: 2010-02-26
  • Current Version: 5.3.13
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 54.99 MB
  • Developer: The Slate Group, LLC
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.1 or later.
Score: 3.5
3.5
From 4,138 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. 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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  • Many podcasts to enjoy

    5
    By Sonneveldt
    Mike Pesca is great. I also love Trumpcast and Political Gabfest is also great. I love all of the shows.
  • Slate plus ?

    3
    By HowGreenThouArt
    I subscribe to Slate plus, and the only thing in my Slate plus feed seems to be an advice column. I don’t care about advice, where are my premium podcasts? I use the iPhone X. I subscribed to sleep plus soley for Virginia Heffernan and Trumpcast. I cannot find it in Slate plus.
  • Slow Burn

    5
    By TexasTokyo
    This multi-part series is far better than most titles you’ll find on Netflix. The bonus pieces are a great ROI.
  • Beware - extremely hard to unsubscribe

    1
    By Reina Divina
    I appreciate the talent on Slate so the low review is because I really dislike their app and the fact that their instructions to cancel don’t work. It should not be hard to unsubscribe but it is. Hellish app. Stick w the free version! Their app has been horrible all year and they simply don’t improve it.
  • Snarly, snarky, sarcastic, socialist stories

    1
    By GlennWatson
    The days of unbiased journalism are long dead but Slate takes bias to a new level.
  • Easy to use but slow

    3
    By mtandcj
    Good access to articles and easy to read, but why so slow to change pages from one article to another by swiping? There’s really no excuse on a 2018 iPad.
  • A bit too far to the left

    3
    By NYCStillSucks
    Overall an interesting site but it’s obsessive harping on Israel while ignoring far worse behavior by other countries is disconcerting. The comments section is particularly susceptible to anti-Semitic drivel.
  • Good site, but the app still has several glaring weaknesses!

    2
    By AstroPaul
    Updating an earlier review. Slate provides a wonderful collection of articles and columns -- a progressive, light Atlantic or New Yorker. The info, topics, and writers are good. The app, however, needs major work. It also behaves quite differently on the iPad vs. the iPod Touch and iPhone. One weird thing that I just discovered is that I have *TWO* versions of the Slate app on my iPad. What gives with that?? One shows up as 5.3.13 inside the iPad's Settings pane; the other has no info save that its Help section has FAQs applying to versions 5 and up! The 5.3.13 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 5.3.13 is an absolute mess. I’ve upgraded my rating to 2 stars because version 5.3.13 ON THE IPAD has fixed the font size issue for stories, although 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 provided users with the ability to customize sections. * The old 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 previous tabbed interface worked faster, looked cleaner, and made sections more accessible. So, please give users an option to restore that. The slider is much more convenient. * 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. A final note pertains to something that happened with the last major upgrade. It deleted ALL of our saved stories! Sheesh! That's App Design 101 and the Hippocratic Oath: "First, do no harm!" It makes one leery of updating the app! 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 the app lives up to the quality of the site itself!
  • Not Happy

    2
    By Cliffwood66
    Commenting still not working. I tried submitting a comment and I received an error message. This was after enduring a so-called Christmas Music Trivia podcast that turned out to be a discussion of Britney Spears. That was my last attempt to listen to that podcast. Also, I’m an avid user of the Slate podcasts and wish the app would let me set a preference to opening into podcasts instead of written pieces.
  • The article in Sully did it for me. Deleting Slate from my news feed.

    1
    By fzzywolf
    I get that some media sites and reporters don’t like Republicans. I’m not a huge fan of the party myself these days. But to denigrate President George H. W. Bush’s Service Dog “Sully” on 12/3/18 was a step too far. I want deep & complete reporting on facts and encouragement to make up my own mind on the issues of the day. This mean, spiteful article has caused me to reevaluate the “news” I get from Slate, a site that I used to appreciate for its even-handed approach. Now I’m re-thinking my support. This was an unforced error that demonstrates a lack of leadership in Slate’s editorial team. I’m deleting the app & removing Slate from my news feed. I’m a pretty smart person, and appreciate all sides of the stories of the day. Whatever decent & reasonable reporting that Slate wanted to get across to me, or it’s other readers will heretofore not make it into this Independent’s eager consciousness. Time to clean it up, Slate. You used to be more fair & decent.

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