Concise Oxford English Dictionary Android app Review

Description:

The Oxford Dictionary has long been known as one of the most authoritative and complete dictionaries on the market today.  The Concise Oxford English Dictionary Android app takes that into consideration and offers one of the most intuitive and detailed dictionary apps that you will find on the Android.  The app contains more than 240,000 words and shows how they can be used in sentences, shows their synonyms, correct pronunciations, their meanings, and so much more.  You will love how convenient it is to be able to pull out your little pocket dictionary and prove all of your friends wrong when they use a big word that they don’t understand.

You can even get an install pack that you can put on your SD card that will give you audio pronunciations of each word.  This is nice because many times we come across large words but have no idea how to say them.  Now you can feel smart and look it by giving proper pronunciations.  This is an all-inclusive dictionary app for the Android and will be a great help to any English major or student that just wishes to increase their vocabulary.

Features:

  • A great app that comes from one of the most well known and highly regarded Dictionary producing companies out there
  • The app has a complete list of over 240,000 word and all of their meanings
  • The app also will give you some synonyms of the words, their correct pronunciations, and also how to correctly use them in an everyday sentence
  • The app also includes 900 new words that were just added, to give you an even better list of words that are spoken in our society today
  • You can get features that actually speak the words to you so you know how to pronounce it
  • You can also install the dictionary on your SD card to help save space on the internal memory of your cell phone
  • You can use the hyperlinks that are included with each of the words to see articles that are related to the words you are looking at
  • You can also browse through the Search History to see 20 translations of the word over time
  • Also comes in a German version

Conclusion:

A very good dictionary app but a little bit pricey.  You will want to make sure that you are going to use it enough to make it worth the fifteen bucks it costs to download.

Voted 3.4 out of 5 stars by Android education app users and currently costs $14.95 to download.

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Aldiko Book Reader Android app Review

Description:

If you love reading then look no further then the Aldiko Book Reader Android app.  You can use this application to find thousands of free titles and read them whenever and wherever you would like.  You can browse through hundreds of titles and download the ones that stick out to you.  You have a lot of options right at you fingertips as well and can customize the user interface as much as you want.  Pick the best font, background color, margins, and display mode to optimize your reading experience.

The touchscreen interface will allow you to search for titles and get reviews and descriptions of all kinds of books.  Within the app you will also be able to search the dictionary for words you don’t know and even share excerpts with your friends and family.

Features:

  • This is a great alternative to spending hundreds of dollars on a Kindle
  • You can download books right onto your cell phone and read them while in bed, at school, on a trip, or pretty much wherever you would like to
  • The book database has thousands of different books that you can choose from, and many of these book are actually available to download for free
  • You will save a lot of money using this app rather than going out and buying paperback and hardback versions of the book
  • The Aldiko app supports ePub and this is the main source for the thousands of titles of books that can be downloaded onto your phone
  • There are a variety of different features including bars to measure progress in the book, display themes to suit whatever time of the day or night that you read, swiping features to go to the next page, a lookup function so you can see what words mean in the dictionary, a word search, bookmarking features to save your place, sharing features to send excerpts to friends, and also just an overall menu to adjust screen brightness as well as many other things

Conclusion:

For only two bucks you get many of the same features that has made the Kindle so popular.  You might as well fork out the two dollars, read the thousands of free titles that are available and then move onto something bigger and better when you need to.  No sense in wasting a bunch of money when you’ve got a great reading app ready and waiting for you to use it.

Voted 4.6 out of 5 stars by Android Education app users and currently costs $1.99 to download.

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Wikitude Android app Review

Description:

The Wikitude Android app is a great way for you to stay involved with the educational side of trips around the world.  To get the complete view of the world around you it is nice to know a little about the culture, history, and attitude of the people.  The Wikitude app uses a multitude of different layers to let you look through the camera of your phone and be connected to local and global information about that venue.

You will love using this app as you go around to new places and want to learn interesting facts about landmarks and landscapes.  This is a very intuitive app and is being updated all of the time to provide you with the best information that is available.  Try out the app today to get your own personal tour guide everywhere you go.

Features:

  • The Wikitude app is a very comprehensive and all-inclusive travel guide to help you get the most out of any location that you choose to go to throughout the world
  • The way that this works is you pull out your Android phone and view the world through your camera, and instantly Wikipedia content comes up on the phone telling you about all of the areas and places that are nearby
  • The Wikipedia content is very informative and really can be the best tour guide that you have during your entire vacation as you strive to learn more about the new area that you area in
  • You will see all kinds of annotations about the landscape, the names of all of the surrounding mountains, descriptions of notable landmarks and their histories, and also some fun interesting facts and stories about the places that you are in
  • It uses a system of layers and augmented reality in order to provide all of this content while you are looking at the phone’s display

Conclusion:

While it is impossible for the app to work perfectly based on the amount of Earth there is to cover, the Wikitude app does a pretty good job of covering the basics and gives you some general information about the world’s most popular landmarks.  This is a great tool to have with you on any vacation if you would like to learn a little about the history, culture, and notable features that the area has to offer.  This app is especially fun to take to places that are already very rich in history such as Europe.

Voted 3.3 out of 5 stars by Android education app users and is currently free to download.

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Space Images iPhone app Review

Description:

Download the Space Images app today and see how incredible our universe is!  You will be blown away with how impressive and mind boggling these photos are!  This app includes photos of stars and planets that were taken by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at NASA.  They are all real images and you can scroll through them as much as you like. You can also get images of planets in our own galaxy such as Mars, Saturn and Jupiter as they are updated by other NASA surveillance spacecraft.

Features:

  • You can view a variety of different images of galaxies that are millions of light years away
  • The pictures are in high resolution and are brilliant and beautiful to look at
  • You can go through the images and rate which ones are the best and also which ones are globally on top of the favorites list
  • You also have some search functions that are available so that you can find specific images
  • You can also browse  by category which includes galaxies, types of pictures, and much more
  • There is the option to view the top rated pictures out there as well as the newest pictures that have been added to the Space Images app
  • If you find a really impressive photo then you can email it to your friends and family or just save the photo on your phone to use as a background for your display
  • There are links on many of the pictures that you can click on in order to get descriptions of each of the pictures and you can also toggle resolutions as well

Conclusion:

If you love learning about the stars then this app would be a good fit for you.  It is loaded with tons of cool space photos, and more are uploaded to the app all of the time.  It is fun to see these crazy space anomalies and then learn more about how they are formed.  The only lacking part in this app is the variety and depth of information that is given.  It would be nice to have a more dummy-friendly synopsis of each of the photos so that normal people can understand better how they are formed and what makes them look the way they do.  Overall, one of the better education apps out there about the mysteries of space.

Voted 3 1/2 stars by iPhone education app users and can currently be downloaded for free.

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SpanishDict iPhone app Review

Description:

In our world today, it is important to become familiar with some of the big languages in the world.  Spanish is spoken in many countries throughout the world and can be a huge asset to you if you ever are looking to travel around the globe.  It can also be an asset when doing global business.  The SpanishDict iPhone app is one way that you can increase your Spanish Vocabulary and become fluent in no time.

The dictionary has over 100,000 entries and includes games, audio features, and text translation to help you master the language.  Take advantage of all that the SpanishDict app has to offer and download it today.

Features:

  • The main feature of this app is that it has a full Spanish English Dictionary attached.  The great part about this app is that you don’t have to be connected to the internet in order to search the dictionary for words.  This makes the app much quicker than other internet based dictionaries
  • The app will also give you word suggestions as you type so you don’t always have to type out the entire word before you search for it
  • You can get audible pronunciations of each of the words so that you can work on correct accents and dialects
  • There is also a word game included that will help you associate words in English with their Spanish equivalents
  • The Word Game is multiple choice and will pronounce a word and you have to find out what the translation really is.  As you get more answers correct, the game will automatically start sending you harder words to try and translate
  • There is also phrasebook that is included that will talk to you and teach you over 700 of the most common phrases and words in the Spanish language.  You can get a text translation for all of them as well as an audio pronunciation
  • One of the great parts about the app is the “Word of the Day” feature where you can simply learn a single new Spanish word every day.  This is a good way to go if you are very busy but want to add to your vocabulary
  • If you have certain words that you have trouble remembering, then you can add them to your favorites list to practice over and over again at a later time.  You also have the ability to email these words to yourself

Conclusion:

Voted 3 1/2 stars by iPhone education app users and currently can be downloaded for free.

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iFormulas iPhone app Review

Description:

The iFunctions iPhone app is a great way to stay up to date with all of your mathematical reference needs.  This app will give you formulas that pertain to almost any level of mathematics whether you are in pre-algebra, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, pre-calculus, calculus, or statistics.  This is a great reference tool that you can go to and find formulas at lightning speed.  The days of flipping through a huge textbook are over.  Simply download this app and have loads of calculating information right in the palm of your hand.

There are over 330 different formulas that you can find on the app to help you out, and the display is very easy to read and navigate.  You have the option to pinch the screen for zoom or scroll up and down to find the right formula for you.  With big buttons at the bottom to tell you categories you will find that this is one of the best organized formula apps out there.

Features:

  • This formula app is great because it has all of the basic formulas that you need for any math course
  • There are over 330 different kinds of formulas that exist on this app and you will have your fill of different theories, laws, definitions, properties, units, and so much more
  • This math app can help you with any type of mathematics including calculus, algebra, trigonometry, geometry, logarithms, exponentials, matrices, among others
  • The app also includes different disclosure indicators for you to monitor
  • You can zoom in and scroll across the formulas as much as you would like
  • There are a couple of new categories in this update including an electronics section as well as a physics section
  • There were over 50 different items that were added to this update to help make it as useful as it can be
  • Look for frequent updates from the developer as time goes by

Conclusion:

There is no better way to handle your mathematics classes than having a reference to go to for all of your formula needs.  This formula app is just a great way to always have the information with you so that you can complete assignments quicker and more efficiently than having to flip through a huge text book every time you want to refer back to a certain formula.  The better part is that the app is actually free so you lose nothing by downloading it onto your phone.

Voted 3 1/2 stars by iPhone education app users and is currently free to download.

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Graphing Calculator iPhone app Review

Description:

The Graphing Calculator iPhone app is a great way for you to get all of your math homework done without having to spend hundreds of dollars on bulky, outdated calculators.  The app only costs one dollar and has a variety of different features and functions to help you graph any equation.

Features:

  • This education app has a very easy to use calculator that is powerful and can handle a lot of inputs
  • You can use the keyboard to customize your equations and have them work faster
  • Just like on a regular graphing calculator you can plug in multiple equations for the graph you are using
  • Has a trace mode that you can use to find the exact coordinates of x and y for intersections and roots
  • Find the x value at any point on the graph that you have created
  • Use the pinch function to zoom in on your graph and you can also drag the screen to see all the parts of the graph
  • You can view the graph in both landscape and portrait mode
  • If you have a graph that you will need to go back to you can take screen shots and email them to yourself
  • You can graph both parametric and polar equations with ease
  • Has a variety of different functions that you can plug into it including sin, cos, tan, asin, acos, atan, tanh, cosh, sinh, exp, log, ln, square root, floor, ceiling, absolute value, log2, log10, degrees to radians, and much more
  • This update also includes a redesigned calculator that is much more simple than the original
  • The buttons also have been made bigger so it is easier to navigate the page
  • You also have a square root button right on the main keyboard because it is used so often
  • You can zoom in on either the y or x axis, depending on what you need it for
  • You can save your calculator history so you can go back to earlier steps
  • The equation editor as also been revamped and improved
Conclusion:
Rather than going out and buying a $100 graphing calculator, you can spend a single dollar and have it on your phone for whenever you need it.  This app is a great deal for everybody, especially those that are using it for their math classes.  These education apps can do wonders to help kids, and this app is no exception.
Voted 3 1/2 stars by iPhone education app users and can currently be downloaded for $0.99.

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