Brian Cox’s Wonders of Life
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  • Brian Cox’s Wonders of Life
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  • Last modified: Mar 6, 2014

Review Summary:

PROS: Beautifully designed interface. Very rich in content. HD videos and high resolution photos. CONS: Navigation can be a bit tricky if you’re a new user.

One of the most enjoyable uses of iOS devices is its educational use. There are some incredible apps in the App Store which can help you discover interesting things from various science fields. If you take a look at educational section of the App Store you’ll see thousands of available apps, but among them there are some which will keep your attention for hours and hours to come. A while back this was an app called Wonders of the Universe, which received much deserved media attention and positive criticisms as well. I am sure you’ll be happy to hear that Harper Collins recently published another app, which can be considered as a successor of the previously mentioned app.

Wonders of Life will take you on a journey of plants and animals, and their diverse ecosystems and habitats. Just like with the previous Wonders app from Harper Collins, you don’t have to be an expert or have extensive knowledge in biology, but you simply need to be at least slightly interested in this subject, and I am sure that Wonders of Life will leave you wanting for more knowledge.

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First, let’s take a look at UI design and some of basic functionalities. I am happy to say that Wonders of Life is available both for iPhones and iPads, and that both versions feature the same (yet slightly tweaked) UI design. It’s clear that the main focus is on its rich content, so you’ll get to see very elegant and thin lines and silhouettes, while the main UI elements are going to be photos, text, and videos. This means that this application has a lot of content to offer, so it doesn’t have to hide behind rich graphics and groundbreaking animations. Still, there’s one thing that I need to mention that might be of some importance to future users. It you haven’t used Wonders of the Universe, you’ll need to spend some time learning to adjust to gesture navigation. This app is built in numerous layers which can be opened at the same time, so you’ll need to know what you can pan, close, or zoom. For example, you might close the whole chapter instead of closing a photo only, so you’ll need to go back and find where you left off. This is not something to be worried about, and I am sure that there’s no other way for this application for offer you that much content which needs to be nicely presented and easily accessible at the same time.

Speaking of content, you’ll get to enjoy in over 30 3D habitats and creature that you can closely explore, and there are also over 1000 high resolution photographs and over 2 hours of HD video. What also needs to be highlighted is an amazing soundtrack that perfectly complements this rich content.

You can download Wonders of Life from the iOS App Store for $6, so even though it’s a bit more expensive than most educational apps, it is well worth the money.


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