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.

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We are always looking to improve our applications. Please send your thoughts and suggestions to [email protected] App Description & Overview

The applications was published in the category News on 2010-02-26 and was developed by The Slate Group, LLC. The file size is 55.01 MB. The current version is 5.1.6 and works well on 9.1 and high ios versions.

In addition to some crash fixes, we've added a couple highly requested features in this version:

- Added audio scrubbing from the podcast detail page
- If you pause a podcast then leave the app, the app will preserve your place in the podcast when you open the app again

Please email [email protected] if you run into any trouble. If you like the app, please leave us a positive review in the App Store. We have more audio improvements coming in future versions!

Thanks for reading and listening. App Tips & Tricks Reviews


Great set of updates  Txreads  4 star

Usually good writing, fair reporting, acknowledges the fact that there are other groups than white males in this country.

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Don't try to find that article  Silly Robot 42  1 star

The search feature is abysmal. Time and again, any attempt to search for an article by keyword, even one specifically in the title, fails to return what should be the obvious result.


It's hard to believe a podcast player could be so bad  BB1687  3 star

Podcast take forever to load, frequently restart and there is no buffer option. I've been listening to slate podcasts for close to a decade but paying for slate+ is a no go with an app this bad.


Terrible new update!  Henryfan1  1 star

Latest update to iPhone app version no longer allows you to pull up all instances of a column - Dear Prudence, for example, by clicking on column title. Instead, you must use 'search' and type in the full name to return filtered results, and then only receive the last 6-8 articles. And this is if you subscribe to Slate+! How have they damaged the interface for users outside the pay wall? Cancelling my subscription. Adding "new features" in the absence of anything being broken...

Tim from Cape Cod

The app is fine but it's the content that matters  Tim from Cape Cod  5 star

I've had no issues with the app. Navigation and readability and refresh rate are all above average compared to the news magazine apps I've used. The content is five stars. No, not every author or every article is exemplary. But many are and on any given day you can count on reading thoughtful well-researched well-written articles. I've been reading Slate for years, and I think it has more than maintained its standards. Subscribe! After all these years freeloading I made a choice about all my daily news sources: either subscribe or stop reading. Slate made the cut. What more do you want?


Love it  Maddog1381  4 star

Love the podcast such as the political gabfest, the gist, double X, etc, and love the written articles, and links to other articles and videos. I wonder what happened to bad astronomy? I have problems accessing slate plus features which is why I gave it 4/5 stars.


Issues on launch  Allston-Tollcross  3 star

The app seems rather sluggish to load new stories at launch.

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Stopped working  George Washington, Jr.  1 star

I can't get past the splash screen without the app crashing. I'm running it on an iPad 9.3, so that's not the problem. I've tried deleting and reinstalling it to no avail. The "app support" link takes me to the mobile website, which is nice but not what I'm looking for.

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Amicable Animus  Adding Fool  5 star

I am loving and learning an incredible breadth of legal knowledge revolving around the present political environment of the USA. Dahlia Lithwick must choose only one topic a week to explore deeply during a period of time when she could easily chose one a day. Sometimes two. And yes, those blow 'em up days when there are three-have we ever had more? If you have given up all your addictions and are looking for a wild ride replacement, look no farther. This is an addiction that would make your mother proud.

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Love Slate, app is not reliable  AG 17  4 star

Slate has been my favorite news site for years. Having the content available via an app is nice, when the app works. It's quite glitchy.

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I like the app  Beetlejuice's dad  5 star

I've read Slate for years online, glad to have it on an app now to read on the go


Crashes  madchickenlittle  1 star

Ever since this update my app crashes anytime I try to post a comment. Every time. Please fix!


Update Broke the App  edearauj  1 star

This update makes the app unusable.


Can't open latest version  ppanish  1 star

The latest version will not start on an iPad 2.


Version 5.1 will not open on my iPad  RichInAZ  1 star

I installed version 5.1 today, but when I tried to launch it I got a maroon screen with the white S for a while, then it closed. Tried multiple times. Shut down and restarted the iPad and tried again. Still won't work. So I deleted it and reinstalled the previous version


My Favorite Way To Read Slate  JWBerthiaume  5 star

As a news organization, Slate is reliable and relevant. The writing is excellent, the perspectives are intelligent and rational, and the articles are well sourced. I'm a politically progressive person who values balance and nuance. Slate delivers on both counts. As an app, Slate is easy to navigate and read. I'm impressed with the layout and it's a joy to read on an iPhone 7 Plus.


Old news better than no news?  Jimbo900  2 star

Seriously, where's the news?


Unimpressed & frustrated  Lohforana  2 star

When I had this app 6+ months ago I loved it. It was quick & easy to use. Now it seems constantly glitchy. It freezes constantly and will often delay viewing articles. I've tried deleting and reinstalling with no long term success or improvement. Super bummed to have this issue when I want to check up on news


Some articles completely missing from app  EmilyMoby  2 star

I installed this to read the latest news. This morning I saw something on FB that I was interested in, and checked the app to read about this bit of news on Slate. I couldn't find anything. A few hours later, a Slate story about this bit of news showed up on my FB feed. So I looked at the article on their website and then went to the app. I couldn't find it on the app, even if I searched for the title. I then looked at the time it was posted, and it had been up for six hours, which was before I'd searched this morning. I like the format of the app and the ease of access to articles, but it's useless to me if some major news articles are completely left off of the app. So I'm deleting it.


Good site, decent app, but several glaring weaknesses!  AstroPaul  4 star

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! Comments News Download