GQ has relaunched its iPad app, and Mashable says that it’s nicer, but not that nice. There are improved layouts, embedded slideshows and video and audio additions, but the overall app leaves something to be desired:
Less welcome are the frequent bugs and crashes we experienced during tests. Text isn’t selectable and there is no easy way to share content via email or social networks — a head-scratching omission, to put it lightly.
It’s also $4.99 — two dollars more than the cost of previous single issue copies, and it’s now available only on the iPad. No subscription option is available at this time.
Ah, right. There’s that whole “a single iPad issue costs almost half of what a year’s print subscription costs” thing. When FishbowlNY found out that GQ was going to up the price of its app we were puzzled, and now that it’s relaunched – still without much incentive to purchase it – we’re more than puzzled. We’re perplexed. Or something like that.
Why would people purchase the app when they can get a year of the print version for a couple more dollars? You can keep reading, but we don’t have an answer for you. Like we said, we’re perplexed.