Agora’s design is beautiful and it is probably a great podcast app for some. Because of that I gave it 4 Stars. I don’t think it’s right to give an app a low rating just because it doesn’t fit my use case. For others it may be perfect. I did remove 1 star because the control icons are not intuitive (at least for me). Each time I open the app I have to hit several buttons just to get the one I actually want.
The information provided when selecting a podcast is great. If it’s a tech podcast you can just select the category button (tech) and it will show you similar tech podcasts.
The speed function is ok, I just wish it had smart speed where only the breaks between talking were sped up.
It isn’t for me because I can’t find a way to create separate playlists. In overcast I have separate playlists based on categories (productivity, technology, knowledge, entertainment, etc), based on length (short 15 min or less, medium 15 min - 30 min, and long (30 min +) and for activities (driving, working out, working, etc). This makes it super simple to choose which playlist to pick. Overcast smart playlists make it easy to set up all of these, select which podcasts to include, specific episodes to include, and which order they play in. In Agora I was only able to find 1 playlist that I have to manually select podcasts/episodes for each time.
Since Agora may not be for everyone I think it would be helpful if the dev offered it free with a limited trial after which users would have to make an IAP to continue using it.