Mobile Systems‘ offers the Oxford English Dictionary in several flavours, but our review will focus on the Concise Oxford English Dictionary and Thesaurus, a great package of two apps that currently sells at 34.99$ in the App Store. Since all flavours of the Concise Oxford Dictionary will offer the same content, our short review will focus on the features of each that are unique.
The Oxford English Dictionary, the only English lexicon worthy of the definite article, has several iterations in the App Store for hungry stodgy customers. By hungry, I mean that the App Store’s reference niche, though small, is rabid. Many users want the best, not just the most popular new entry. Last week, we looked at the excellent American Heritage Dictionary Fourth Edition that offers a complete dictionary/thesaurus package for the handheld digital age and this week our review will turn to the OED.
Enfour‘s experience in words extends beyond the boundaries of typical dictionaries like American Heritage 4 and the OED. For this tie-in, Roget’s II New Thesaurus will briefly be put to the test as a stand alone reference title and as it links to AHD4. Furthermore, we will compare AHD4 and Roget’s as separate units versus the AHD4 Deluxe version which combines the functionality of both works in our last look at Enfour’s offerings for this week.
If you are intersted in American Heritage Dictionary Fourth Edition, our review is available here.
This week’s dictionary review section will begin with American Heritage Dictionary and Roget’s Thesaurus bundle. Pocket-able and pretty, Enfour‘s AHD4 is nothing short of astounding. For 29.99$, users are given many features that amount to the best dictionary in the App Store. After spending some lovey time with a couple of versions of the OED, Wordbook and a few others, I am convinced that AHD4 will remain on top for a long time.
In the next couple of weeks, TouchMyApps will compare glamourous new digital dictionaries with traditional hardcovers versions. We will weigh cost, totability, usefulness and possibly acceptance in places of work and school. If you are a word buff or like me are a word clutz, stay tuned: we were able to tap a few great resources in our quest for the right word.
The Digital Divide:
Oxford American Writer’s Thesaurus
Consise Oxford Dictionary and Thesaurus
Concise Oxford English Dictionary
American Heritage Dictionary: Fourth Edition
American Heritage Dictionary Deluxe: Fourth Edition
Roget’s Thesaurus II
There was once a time when WeDict was a half-decent free dictionary. It sufficed for the basic needs of many people who deemed literacy a high priority in their lives. Between that time and now, the freebie faded away and WeDict Pro, the full paid version, remained. While more robust in functions and features than its free predecessor, does WeDict Pro have enough to justify its (as many would consider) hefty price?
(The above video is not my iPod)
Ages ago, when Pull My Finger, a gas of an app whose cheese was cut by Apple for having ‘limited usability’ made waves on internet, the App Store was still young. Now, with over 10 000 apps in its library, the App Store is a gigantic katamari ball for both good and crap software. Need we more evidence than last Christmas when a farting app made the top ten seller list, touting features like, “the sick dog”?
With this review, I’m assuming that people are familiar with Wikipedia, an open sourced encyclopedia that anyone can contribute and review, and that it’s a wonderful source of information. I personally use it to do research on things that I see on Discovery Channel/ National Geographic, to gain a bit more knowledge on things on top of that described on TV, since I always miss bits and pieces due to phone calls, bathroom breaks, etc..
You ever get the feeling you are not “with it” anymore when you see abbreviations like AFK or HHTYAY and have no clue what they mean? Or if you always wondered what those darn acronyms stand for you see in chat rooms, IMs and SMSes? Well if you find yourself in these situations, then Txtpedia may just be the app the doctor ordered. Developed by Mike Baumer, Txtpedia will not only make you say “Oooo, so that’s what it means”, but it will teach you some new lingo along the way.
This past weekend, I had written a post about the delay of the new Google Mobile App. Well after a 4 day delay, this voice recognition tool has finally made it to the App Store. So was it worth the wait? Most definitely. Along with a voice search function, this updated app also includes a rearrangable apps tab for all your google apps, making it easier to find your favorites. Location awareness is also now built in, which will automatically include your current location into searches.