Magazines, what do you prefer iOS vs Android

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by PhoenixMac, Oct 14, 2012.

  1. macrumors 65816

    Mar 7, 2010
    So after messing around with my Nexus 7 for a few days I am absolutely in love with it. This is coming from someone who owns an iPad 2 and 3 and iPhone 5.

    This is the perfect size and weight of a tablet, for me anyways. Now for a tablet my uses are pretty simple; YouTube, Tedtalks, tapatalk and finally Magazines.

    When the iPad originally came out I was excited to get it to replace my heavy stack of magazines with digital versions. Well no dice, there were only a few options to choose from and none of them were ones I read. Fast forward a few years and I am revisiting the thought. I look through the iOS offerings vs Android and I notice a difference, iOS offers a lot of videos and interaction while only a few mags on android offer that. Another thing I notice is the file sizes the typical iPad mag is about 300mb vs a very smaller size on Android roughly 50mb.

    Before deciding on investing on magazines for an OS since they do not offer transferring which do you prefer? I'm leaning towards Android as I do not need all the extra magazine frills and usually just read the articles but was wondering if there was anything else better on iOS that I was missing.
  2. macrumors newbie

    Sep 16, 2012
    I am subscribed to about 20 magazines

    I would love to know if there is a way to download/read those magazines with Google Play

    Personally I LOVE the magazines on the iPad 3 with Retina Display

    but the iPad is a little too big sometimes

    the iPad Mini is great but again it's not HD and I was expecting something to fit very comfortable in one hand

    At the moment, I hope I can read many of my favorite magazines on Android

    Let me know if you were able to find some and where
  3. macrumors 604


    Mar 29, 2011
    iBooks rock. It's my favorite thing on iOS.

    Wish things would load faster though. That's the only thing I can complain about it. Otherwise, it rules.
  4. macrumors newbie

    Sep 16, 2012
    But I mean is there something similar to the Magazines app for Android?
  5. macrumors 68000

    Apr 25, 2012
    There is a Google Play Magazines (referred to later as GPMag) app on Android. There's also Zinio, which is cross-platform. Each has its pros and cons.

    Zinio -
    Prevents device from sleeping (Pro in my book)
    Subscriptions are subject to currency conversion as they process the subscription and are not US-based. The prices were listed in USD but I had to pay exchange rates on my CC bill. (Con in my book)
    Cross-platform (Android and iOS anyway)

    GPMag -
    Device sleeps based on device-wide settings
    NOT subject to currency exchange rates
    not cross-platform, as far as I can tell

    I had one sub on each, moving the Zinio sub to GPMag when it expires on Zinio. I can deal with the lack of cross-platform support (my iOS device is my work device anyway and my personal, Android, tablet goes with me to work anyway). Zinio on iOS offers some features that it doesn't offer on Android, and there was no way to bookmark a spot on one device and load to that bookmark on another, at least as far as I could tell in my limited attempts.
  6. macrumors newbie

    Sep 16, 2012
    Well Zinio looks amazing then

    However I LOVE magazines on my iPad, they are built for iOS

    I guess the best thing would be
    1) The best magazines on both iPad (native apps) and Android
    2) The rest of the magazines on Zinio

    I haven't tried Zinio

    For example, the Magazine MacLife, if I use the native magazine app, or I use the Zinio Magazine, is it the same experience?

    Some magazines have videos, scroll up to down to read article, then swipe left to switch pages... they are pretty cool on iOS
  7. macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
  8. macrumors 68000

    Apr 25, 2012
    The problem with Newsstand on iOS for me is that there's no SEARCH! I can't find it anyway. OK, that's not the reason I don't use, but it's VERY difficult to use.

    Unfortunately, I can't compare the experience on iOS to GPMag as I don't have the same issues on both (I have a single trial mag on Newsstand). What I CAN tell you is that it doesn't appear that Magazines on Google are interactive. It appears as though magazines published to Newsstand are more like apps than magazines, Google is just the magazine.

    It comes down to what is most important for you. If the videos are that important to you, stick with Newsstand.
  9. macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    I use Zinio and Newsstand. I like Zinio because I can open it up and read pretty much on anything, Android, iOS, PC, Mac. Plus, you can easily send pages to your printer, Evernote, and the like. The iOS apps have text view too.

    Pretty much Newsstand is used for the times I get $2/yr subscriptions and the iPad version just happens to come with it.

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