Next Issue is one of the magazine reading apps out there for tablets and Win8 users. I signed up for my free 30-day trial this week and here is my opinion. I tested the app exclusive on my Surface RT device.
IT BLOWS! First off, if you are going to have a trial app that requires a credit card then make an app that is capable of filling out the details for the trial without going out to the web browser. Having to go outside the app to sign-up defeats the entire purpose of having an app in the first place.
While Next Issue has 90 plus magazines available as part of it’s service, apparently not all magazines are available to all users on the different platforms supported by Next Issue. Again, defeats the purpose and if I was using an iPad or Android device which didn’t support all the magazines I would be beyond irritated.
The overall app is severely lacking in both functionality and appeal. There is no ability to sort magazines into categories and/or folders. Heck, the magazines are arranged for you in what can be best described as a completely haphazard manner by the application. There is no ability to bookmark a particular article or stopping point when life comes calling. There is no ability to clip or share articles with others, heck no ability to go out to the publications website and share from there within the app. There is also a completely baffling inability to have the app flip from landscape to portrait or to zoom in on content beyond the one zoom feature the app provides.
One of the reasons I decided to try Next Issue was because they carried Sunset magazine, for those of you who aren’t familiar with the publication it caters to the Western United States and publishes six regional issues. Sunset is well known for it’s amazing photography every month and its spot-on gardening advice particular to your region. I live in the Southwest region and what did Next Issue deliver to me? The Northwest Region magazine, which as you can imagine would contain zero relevant gardening information for the desert Southwest. Yes, all the photography and articles were there but not the reason I would subscribe to the actual magazine.
Before I forget, Next Issue is no spamming me constantly with e-mails telling me magazines have arrived. There should be some kind of control setting for just how often you want the app to send you spam email.
Overall, I would rate Next Issue a 1 out of 5. It is only getting that high of a rating because the app did work on my device and it did manage to deliver the magazines I chose from the catalog. I have already cancelled my subscription.