MobileTechReview.com logo
MobileTechReview News, Reviews and Forums
Phone Notebooks & Tablets Gaming Gadgets iPhone & iPad Video Reviews


General Discussions >> News

Pages: 1
Tong ZhangModerator
Senior Editor
****

Reged: 06/26/02
Posts: 12824
Loc: Texas
iPad App Review: The Elements In Action for iOS Review
      #45767 - 12/12/13 07:59 PM

iPad App Review: The Elements In Action for iOS (Universal) Review

Reviewed by Tom Slayton

The Elements In Action is a companion app for possibly the best eBook on the App Store: The Elements. It works in tandem with this app by providing short videos of some of the more spectacularly reactive and/or most fascinating elements in the periodic table.



Presentation and Interface

Like the main app The Elements, the interface takes the form of the periodic table; and also like the original, the element boxes are animated to give you some idea of what you will see if you tap on them. And tap on them you will because they are fascinating explorations of science experiments you would love to do yourself but shouldn’t. In fact, that happens to be pretty close to the title of one of his physical books (Mad Science: Science Experiments You Can Do At Home But Probably Shouldn’t), and for good reason. In these short videos, you will see Mr. Gray floating cannonballs in mercury, causing sodium to explode by dropping it in water, creating photographs with radium, and many, many others. Of course, not every element is filmable or even interesting so some boxes on the table are greyed-out. There is plenty here, however, to easily justify the purchase price, especially when it is installed along with The Elements as the two apps are aware of each other, and can be accessed almost seamlessly by clicking on the large, friendly logos in the lower right corner of each. As smooth as this is (especially when the two apps are loaded into memory), I would have much preferred that this content be available via IAP as part of The Elements. It’s easy to see why they didn’t go this route, however, as that would have required a significant re-working of both its interface and back-end.



Graphics

As previously noted, The Elements In Action utilizes the same interface as the main app, which is clean, high-resolution, and beautiful, as are the videos.

Sound

The app itself is soundless, as are most eBooks, however the videos themselves are all audio-enabled.

Conclusion

If you are a fan of The Elements, then buying this should be a no-brainer as this really brings the original app to life in a way that will appeal to science-minded people of all ages. Additionally, all of the videos are free of violence and adult language so hand this app to your young Einstein and watch him/her be fascinated.



Ratings (scale of 1 to 5):

Graphics: - 5 - Beautiful interface, high-quality videos.
Sound: - 2 - Mostly nonexistent, but also mostly unnecessary.
Controls: - 5 - A chimp could navigate his/her way around this app; its dead simple.
Content: - 5 - Theodore Gray at his finest. The only reason he has any fingers left is because he has a deep understanding of these elements, and is always careful with and respectful of the forces of nature.

Introducing The Elements in Action from Touch Press on Vimeo.



App Facts:

Developer: Touch Press
Release Date: November 21, 2013
Price: $3.99
Buy App: The Elements In Action










-----------------------------------------------------

Check out our full list of iPhone/iPod touch game and app reviews:
http://www.mobiletechreview.com/iPhone-game-reviews.htm

Check out our other iPad game, app and book reviews:
http://www.mobiletechreview.com/iPad-game-reviews.htm

-----------------------------------------------------

---


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
Pages: 1



Extra information
1 registered and 120 anonymous users are browsing this forum.

Moderator:  Tong Zhang, LisaG, News, Jacob_Spindel 

Print Topic

Forum Permissions
      You cannot start new topics
      You cannot reply to topics
      HTML is enabled
      UBBCode is enabled

Rating:
Topic views: 2043

Rate this topic

Jump to

Contact the Folks at MobileTechReview.com | Privacy statement Go to mobiletechreview.com homepage

Powered by UBB.threads™ 6.5.5