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It seems the iPad is seriously going to revolutionize the way we learn at school and uni – if it hasn’t already. iPad apps for students have already started to replace the cost and baggage of text books, whereby this tablet may soon become your sole educational tool.
Pages Price: $9.99 Pages seems to be all the rage right now as there are few competing apps on the market similar to what pages offers. And that is the ability to instantly create reports, flyers, letters, business cards etc which Apple automatically saves instantly on iCloud so you don’t have to worry about storage issues. You can also import documents from most formats and wirelessly print them or share them etc. One complaint listed so far is that you don’t have the function to add citations, something which when it comes to issuing a student paper is mandatory if you don’t want to be lynched for plagiarism.
Dictionary Price: Free This app works offline and is a crucial tool for any line of work. With over 2 million definitions, you can’t go wrong with having this huge database of knowledge at the touch of a screen. As with most apps, there is a pro (paid for) service also. So for free users there’s a speech search service but after 5 words you have to upgrade. For 100 speech searches you have to pay $0.99. Of course you can just type in the word. No doubt this sort of function will be free in future apps.
The Elements – A Visual Exploration Price: $13.99 Available in French, Japanese, German, U.S and U.K English this science app puts the periodic table into a 3D visual masterpiece – as Stephen Fry the British writer states. It is a really impressive app and great for kids learning chemistry but reports still suggest there are still bugs in this app as it continues to crash under the weight of being 2GB in size, so for the price, check the latest reviews before you go ahead and purchase this app.
Things for iPad Price: 19.99 Nearly $20 for an app is pretty pricey and although what Things offers is useful for students task managing their day to day schedule, the price is a lot for some students and similar apps will no doubt soon emerge to take on this app offering a more competitive price – if not making it free. Things basically lets you add all your “to do” projects together where you schedule them in order of importance – nothing amazingly radical here – except the interface of the display is clean and ideally lets you manage your day to day projects effortlessly. One problem, as with most apps, which aren’t free is that users who pay expect a certain level of service, and often what happens with apps that cost some cash is that repetitive bug fixes seem to be the never ending updates. Buyers then tend to question whether in fact these fixes are orchestrated or genuine in order to keep them ranking well in the app store. Regardless, this app does seem to lack some customer support so check for latest reviews before buying.
Articles for Apps Price: $4.99 Articles for apps combines a search function with all Wikipedia related material along with maps and interesting places around where you are right now if you are traveling about. Other features include a language picker, a “Surprise Me!” feature which hits you up with some novel little fact about some related landmark or custom in your current location, plus more. This app gets good rep but there maybe a few lingering bug issues. Check latest user feedback first.