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January 5th 2014 6:22 pm

Is there any way to get the old Engadget back?

I liked the

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that Engadget has always provided in the past. It is simple and easy to read, blog like.

Now when I go to Engadget I see all these titles everywhere, and there's no "next page" button. It's completely ruined. Is there any way to go back to the good blog design?

Edit: Although I'm slightly upset with the new layout, I love your usual layout, and Engadget Mini looks fantastic!

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andrewilley

I've always used Engadget for my tech news, but annoyingly just when I want to use it the most, it becomes a useless title-line only service. Such a shame, but it's completely unusable as is. So, any suggestions for a better tech news service in the meantime for CES news (probably CNET I suspect, at least they have CES and non-CES pages)?
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dave

The old layout will return for CES. The new layout is temporary in order to display the insane number of news articles that result from CES.
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Macmee

To add, I think the problem is your regular layout is beautiful. It resizes well and works and looks great. Your problem is that you've spoiled us in the past, and our standards for Engadget are thus spectacularly high.
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ibjim

Looks like I won't be checking Engadget for the next 3 days then... This is like lifehacker all over again, except they at least had the option to return to "Blog" view... Please sort this out asap!
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leram84

Can't for the life of me see how "insane number of news articles" Can only be shown by titles..... I CAN understand how title only lists will bring substantially higher ad revenue though.
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andrewilley

Then make it an option, don't force it on users!
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saucefan

I've been reading Engadget since it launched in 2004, usually checking in several times a day. As others have stated, the layout is what works so much better than everything else out there and why given what I consider equally good content (e.g. The Verge) I stick with Engadget. This has got to go back to the old format soon, otherwise I will be bidding a sad farewell to my favorite news site.
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doubles711

Hate hate hate the new site. I want the old one back! I read Engadget every single day, but I will find another tech news site quickly if the usability issues here aren't fixed.

I want to be able to read the stories in chronological order by posting time/date without having to click "next" on each one, like it used to be. Just reading the title and not having the first paragraph or couple of paragraphs of the post on the main page is infuriating. It nows takes 15 clicks to get to see 15 posts, where it used to just take one.

Engadget staff, please bring back our beloved reading format!
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andrewilley

Agreed, sadly the new (hopefully temporary!) format is absolutely unusable. I log in to Engadget maybe once a day, and just keep reading backwards through all the posts until I find one I've read. This new layout is terrible and impossible to navigate to read everything easily (in fact, the previous changes made a few months back were in themselves not an improvement either).

I would suggest reinstating the normal 'reverse chronological' display in the main screen area (i.e. latest postings first) and use the smaller right-hand column for CES-only headlines.
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sireddie

I also check in once a day to catch up on what's new on Engadget.
Instead of going from the last post until I get to one I've read before, I find the post I've read before and then start reading backwards (as in from old to new). This way I get to read about i.e. a new iphone being released before reading the post about how good the new camera in the new iphone is.

Perhaps there would be a way to add an option to pickup where you left off and start reading in chronological order (old to new) from there?
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leram84

Not a great solution... I have the same issue, but if u do it your way, u will miss posts as you go forward and engadget adds new posts. If you want to see everything the ONLY way is to go back and deal with the annoying non chronological order. (this actually would make a good feature, and would even make for a reason to compel more people to create an account with endgadget it would be a feature only for logged in users that would just show everything new since u last logged in.
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sireddie

I should have mentioned that I load multiple pages at once to make sure I don't miss any articles. I.e. load pages 5-1 in separate tabs, and start reading on page 5. Still this is not an ideal solution.

Showing only new articles in chronological order as an option for logged in users would be a great feature indeed. Hopes are not high for this to be implemented though :(
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peter0328

This is exactly what I do too.
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admlshake

I hope they change it back. We are going to have to go through the "just let them get used to it, they'll like it after a while" phase, and when people are still complaining they will hopefully change it back.
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tangobravo754

Agree with everyone else here... this new layout is just painful. The older layout was one of the main reasons I liked Engadget vs many other tech blog sites. I have to literally force myself to read it, in this state.. and if it stays this way, I don't think I'll be reading it much longer!
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Tetea

The reason I preferred Engadget over other sites such as The Verge was the simplicity of the layout. Most tech sites' home pages overwhelm readers with data and whatnot. Now, Engadget has joined the bandwagon.

And to the Engadget team, the changes are too glaring and almost opposite the layout and design of the previous 'new' design. Small tweaks here and there are always good, but a whole redesign often alienates regular visitors to the site.

Anyway, what's up with the redesign every few months? It's like Facebook, just when people are getting acustomed to the site you change it.
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Granite

I agree, not a fan of the new format. I'm hoping they switch back soon or I'll be heading elsewhere for my tech news.
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slaterjack

one up! What's going on, guys? Are you getting paid by Microsoft to make engadget look like Windows 8 or something? The next iteration will have colorful flashing tiles or what?

Totally agree with everyone else, bring the old engadget back!
A tiny picture and a short headline don't give me enough information to judge whether I want to read the full article or not. Boo engadget, boo!
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poolc

I agree. The fact that I can only see headlines and no summaries has ruined engadget for me. I would love to hear if anyone likes the new format and why. What am I missing?
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dave

We've pushed an update that includes summaries and bigger images. Check it out. That said, as I mentioned before, the old layout will return after CES.
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Macmee

This is better, as is your added "next page" button. Is there any love for us users who want the old blog styled Engadget back now? Any chance you could hook the old blog style back up on a subdomain for us?
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Zerpico

Agree, it's unusable, I used to glance through, read the short snippet paragraph then decide whether to read about that item...
This questionable design make me have to click on every single item to even get a basic idea of what the story is about, to read one page takes 30 forwards and backwards clicks to get through it.
It used to be quick and sharp, quick glance, like that story, read it, click back, next page etc, nice quick and sharp, now it's like browsing the tabloid front pages on Tescos shelves...
Please change it back, been using for years, I'll now be avoiding as it simply annoys me until it's more I guess accessible, or basically as it was before...
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andersan

Agree. Engadget used to be the first tech news site I would visit. I'm going to give them a few days and if nothing changes I'm going to probably remove it from my bookmarks.
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peter0328

Agreed. New design sucks hard.
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