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Vogue app frequently crashes on Kindle Fire HD
on November 23, 2013
I bought this subscription at a special rate: 6 digital issues and 6 paper copy issues for $6.00.
I like the magazine, and prefer the digital version since I have moved to 90% digital reading media in order to save trees, space and hassle when moving. Yes, I love paper books and magazines, but hell, I love reading and who can argue with the power of a library that travels in the palm of one's hand? Anyhow, I got the paper issues just because it was cheaper to go this route than to pay ~20 bucks for 12 issues digitally.
There is no need to review the paper issues. They arrived as they should and are normal magazines, as expected. The digital version is another story. Here are my thoughts on digital Vogue on the Kindle Fire HD 8.9":
-Looks great - as with all magazines, this is pretty easy to read on the bigger Kindle Fire
-Reasonable download time - it happens as quickly as one would expect a graphics-heavy multi-hundred page document to download, but it does take a little while and... as my cons as outlined below I will describe more on this in a moment.
-App freezes/crashes - this has happened with three of four issues, and the fourth I haven't bothered trying yet... so it will likely crash, too. This may not happen to everyone but it happens on my Kindle. I've had it happen on a few of the more features-intensive magazines and I just think they haven't ironed out all the kinks with this form of digital media. Basically, I will flip through 20, or maybe 200 pages and then one flip and the page won't load. The app then is frozen and will crash. From this point I have only once been able to get it working without re-downloading the issue. And the problem is that the issue will likely crash again. I've downloaded those three issues of Vogue at least once, but sometimes three times each. This is annoying and time consuming. Considering my Kindle doesn't crash with almost anything else, and that I use it heavily on a daily basis for apps, games, videos, books and magazines--- I have to say I think the problem lies with the programming of the digital features on certain magazines like Vogue. Or at the least, the programming and it's compatibility with Kindle Fire.
Overall, I like the magazine because it's fun to look at the art of fashion. I love color and design of all sorts.I would like to like or love this app, but all I can say is "It's okay", because the app just doesn't work so well with my Kindle.