I really like the print replica way of viewing the newspaper. So much easier to scroll the paper to desired articles and skim over less desirable areas. It’s a little quirky with iPhone and jumps around when zooming in and out which can be hard to deal with. But the print replica is crucial for me.
Latest major revisions very poor after being an outstanding app for many years
I have used this app for several years and found it to be an outstanding way to keep-up with news about The Garden Island. However, the developers released a major revision a few weeks ago that has dropped my rating from 5-star to 2-star. The main reasons for my displeasure with the newest version: 1. "Local news" now includes stories from all the islands it seems, and there is no obvious way to select only stories relating to Kauai. Previously, all the stories related to Kauai only with an occasional non-Kauai story. Makes The Garden Island newspaper just seem like a poor-man's version of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser! 2. Layout is much busier and more confusing than previous versions even though one can easily switch between a list view and a tile view. 3. I urge TGI to consider offering different options to charge for reading full news stories on this app rather than relying on a fixed subscription model. A low cost per story or per day charge would I believe produce a good model and good income for TGI. Please make the app Kauai-focused once again to keep me using this app!
I’ve had the app for many years. I like the slow crescendo of the selected alarm tone. The big flaw is that the alarm will randomly not sound. The screen shows the alarm, but no sound! At first I thought it related to Bluetooth connectivity. After checking that my phone is not connected to any Bluetooth devices except my Apple Watch many times, the random silence still occurs. I adopted a routine of rebooting my iPhone and restarting the app every night before going to sleep. This seems to help. I also have a backup alarm with the iPhone phone app. A silent wake up alarm has caused issues getting to work on time. Solve the random silence and this is a 4-5 ⭐️app.
App keeps me up-to-date on news & events happening on the garden isle. It features a simple interface with switchable blog & print paper views, and what I love, it isn’t intrusive like other newspaper apps. If you need a beach fix either island side or while stuck on the mainland, it’s a great app to have.
A wonderful alternative to costly Paper/recycling!
I love this version of the Garden Island. So easy to reference and so valuable for the local look at what happens. Island voices. I prefer more local viewpoints, but it now goes through Honolulu oversight, so not as intimate as it once was. Nevertheless, the best thing on Island. Though I confess For Kaua’i should also be included.
Sometimes I read this and think: are we on the same planet? They miss the biggest news, cover only feel-good or easy stories, and there’s no original work. Something truly newsworthy can happen and it’s never mentioned. Not. At. All. Good for knowing what’s happening for farmer’s markets, etc. but not if you want to know what’s happening politically or what is newsworthy. Take a journalism class already editors.
I have been sequestered on the mainland for the past 16 months waiting to come back home, reading the TGI everyday wondering when I can come home and what I will find!! So many things are different now!! I am hoping I will be welcomed home by my brothers and sisters!! Aloha Kauai Many Mahalos!!!
Can’t see any pictures for months! Tried to reinstall it and still no luck. Miss local news actually being local. This used to be a great way to keep updated on the goings on of our island. Disappointing to say the least.
I used to log in daily but now news story are not in chronological order. So I have to sort through old stories to get to new stories, all while getting hit with ads. Also there are lots of Hawaii stories mixed with Kauai stories. If I want state wide stories I would not be using The Garden Island ap!
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