App review: World Dictionary (as boring as it sounds)

by Jenna Mc

Hmmm this app is a strange one. It is useful but I’m not sure if it is useable . . . if that makes sense.

It was never going to be the most exciting app to review, what with having the word “dictionary” in the title, but we decided to try it out . . . because we had nothing better to do.

This application uses the camera on the iPhone and Google’s translation service to offer instant word translation and definition. The app automatically recognizes the language and works both as a dictionary and thesaurus.

The current version of the app translates between traditional Chinese, simplified Chinese, English, Japanese, Korean, French, Germany, Italian, and Spanish but is also said to be capable of taking any word from those nine languages and translating it into any of over 50 other languages. Wowzers!

Worldictionary automatically saves searches to allow you to build a custom dictionary or to make translation even quicker and offers the facility to learn more about a word’s usage in language. A photo needs to be taken of the text and the word highlighted, the app will then reveal etymology, phonetics, synonyms and other valuable information. Words can also be entered manually using an onscreen keyboard

This is all great but personally I find it just as easy to use Google on my iPhone.

This app would be useful for travellers or people on holiday, trying to read a longer piece of foreign text. It could also be useful to people learning a second language. But it wasn’t really that great for me.

See how it works below:

Extra details: World dictionary

Further details: Category: Business

Updated: 08 September 2011

Version: 2.3.5

Size: 23.6 MB

Languages: English, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish

Developer: Penpower Inc.

© 2011 Penpower Technology Ltd.

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod touch (4th generation), iPad 2 Wi-Fi and iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G. Requires iOS 4.2 or later.

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