iPad Apps Reviews 12: Reference (plus The Weather Network)

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A 13 Part Series on Apps for Your iPad from GagenGirls.com

Oh my gosh, second last day!  Time flies I guess, eh?

Well, anyway, like I said (what felt like a billion days ago), I am using this iPad for legit things, like school.  And what does a student/future teacher need more than some reference apps?  (To be fair, I am a giant nerd, and love having giant dictionaries and encyclopedias…this is the next best thing.)

12. Reference: Atlas by Collins, Dictionary.com, Merriam-Webster Dictionary, Encyclopedia Britannica, and Wikipanion

I love Atlas by Collins, even with its limited functions.  When you download the free app, all it comes with is one globe – a satellite map of Earth as viewed from outer space.  And I definitely think that’s neat!

Atlas by Collins App Review, from a 13 part series on iPad apps by GagenGirls.com

There is North America!  You can zoom in and see the Earth closer-up, including the location of certain cities!  (You can also search, which I think is a handy function.)

Atlas by Collins App Review, from a 13 part series on iPad apps by GagenGirls.com

There, now you can see my lovely hometown of London (which Collins seems to think is a town, not a city, but whatever).

You can also buy other globes from the store, which provide lots of different information on cultural topics like economy, politics, and the environment.  Most of these new globes are just $0.99 each, with a couple being $1.99 (and I just noticed that the Communications globe was free!).

Atlas by Collins App Review, from a 13 part series on iPad apps by GagenGirls.com

I have both Dictionary.com and Merriam-Webster Dictionary mainly because I’m a giant nerd.  Dictionary.com’s app features a neat Word of the Day push – it’ll pop up in your notifications, and some of the words are kinda neat!  It also comes with a thesaurus, which is a must-have for any student.  You can also favorite words (though I don’t know why you’d want to?).

Dictionary.com App Review, from a 13 part series on iPad apps by GagenGirls.com

Um, and Merriam-Webster’s app does a lot of the same stuff…though it doesn’t have a thesaurus!  And its Word of the Day doesn’t have push notifications, so you actually have to go to the app.  Um.  Yeah.  I’m just a nerd and really like having both of them.  Choose as you will.

Merriam-Webster Dictionary App Review, from a 13 part series on iPad apps by GagenGirls.com

Encyclopedia Britannnica is a classic resource, so why not have it on your iPad?  You can view their extensive collection of articles, including their wonderful “This Day” section which talks about historical event on the current day in past years.

Encyclopedia Britannica App Review, from a 13 part series on iPad apps by GagenGirls.com Encyclopedia Britannica App Review, from a 13 part series on iPad apps by GagenGirls.com

And then there’s Wikipanion – it’s essentially the Wikipedia app, that even allows some offline browsing!  Yippee.  Just what every iPad needs.

Wikipanion App Review, from a 13 part series on iPad apps by GagenGirls.com

Bonus: The Weather Network!

I am addicted to the weather.  I never ever ever leave my house before checking what the weather is.  Every single day before school, as I’m starting to pick out my outfit, I check the weather – either on The Weather Network‘s TV channel or website – so that I know whether I need a jacket or sweater or rain boots.  Southern Ontario’s weather is insane and completely unpredictable, so it is very necessary that I make appropriate choices.  Now, the app makes that easier and quicker than ever!  London is already pre-loaded for me, so I don’t waste any precious morning time finding out what my day is going to look like.  (I think The Weather Network is a Canadian thing, but maybe the app works for Americans, too?  I know they have American cities on there, because I’ve checked the weather pre-travel to know approximately what to expect.)

The Weather Network App Review, from a 13 part series on iPad apps by GagenGirls.com

Hope these apps make your iPad super resourceful!  Let me know if you found any other great Reference apps.  See you guys tomorrow for the last post in the series – and I’ll finally be talking about…Games!  Yay!

– Sam

Need to catch up on any part of this series?  Check the handy dandy links below:

Part One:  Social Media and Etsy

Part Two:  News

Part Three:  Productivity

Part Four:  eReaders and Dropbox

Part Five: Comics, Poetry, and Quotes

Part Six: Music

Part Seven: Photos and Photo Editing

Part Eight: TV and Movies (plus YouTube)

Part Nine: Education

Part Ten: Cooking

Part Eleven: Health & Fitness

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