Save Valuable Time With Mobile Information Apps

The popularity and rise of smartphones and tablets, such Apple's iPad, have made it possible to access a wealth of information through applications. Many of these applications are available through Apple's App Store or Google's Android Market. Other mobile software platforms also offer apps through their native stores.

Advantages to Using Mobile Apps

Even though many mobile devices include a browser, accessing information through an app has its advantages. Many telecomm companies have gotten rid of unlimited data plans and only offer a tiered data structure. An app allows users to access information quickly without loading advertisements, banner ads and other unnecessary information that can impact download times and increase cost. Another huge advantage to some mobile apps is the ability to work offline. These apps allow use without having to access a data network by allowing data to be stored, or cached.

Lastly, mobile information apps are built for mobile devices. An app is formatted for a particular device's screen and there may be other features built into the app that make the user's experience unique and memorable. For example, the World by National Geographic app, which is similar to Google Earth, allows users to zoom in on particular terrains and even includes an ocean floor feature. The app is highly interactive, intuitive and fully featured.

Mobile Information Apps

If cost is an issue, there are many excellent mobile information apps that are offered for Android and iOS devices. Some of the most popular include Wikipedia Mobile, the aforementioned Google Earth and the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. These mobile apps provide a bare-bones experience; don't expect flashy graphics and a highly intuitive user experience. However, they are still popular with many users mainly because of their accessibility and the quality of the information offered.

For those who want a little more pizazz with their mobile apps and a greater depth of information, be prepared to shell out some dough. For example, the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary costs $25, the World by National Geographic costs $4 and the Encyclopedia Britannica (2010 edition) costs $20. However, paying for an app doesn't necessarily mean that the experience will be better than a free offering. A user should evaluate their needs first and then decide if it is worth it to pay for an application that might deliver the goods in terms of user experience but short the purchaser on the most valuable commodity, information.

Mobile apps can also help children with autism.

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