While some ad campaigns warn you against “link overload” the Hyper Facts iOS app from A2rt encourages you to go ahead and let the links take you where you want to go. This tap friendly encyclopedia iPhone app puts information at your fingertips.
I’m a habitual Googler. I Google words, people, dates, colors, artists, and songs all day. Sometimes it works out. Sometimes it takes me a while to find what I am looking for. Now that Hyper Facts iPhone app is installed on my iOS devices, I might have to rethink my searching patterns. Hyper Facts is a unique encyclopedia of information, linked through relationships. So even if you don’t know exactly what you are looking for, odds are you’ll still be able to find it. An example might help illustrate.
While performing my iPhone app review, I wanted to find a new band to listen to. So I typed in the name of a band I already listen to, Depeche Mode. After searching for Depeche Mode I was given a helpful summary of the band, their background, titles, link to their site and more. I also got a list of the topics Depeche Mode is sorted under. I clicked “British Electronic Music Groups” and got a list of other bands that fell under this heading. Presto.
Search for words under all topics or organize results by topic (person, location, event or work.) Allow Hyper Facts to use your GPS location to receive local information and highlights. Save items that you find to favorites to easily navigate back to them later. You can even sort through items by category and view Wikipedia articles. Consider it your very own mobile encyclopedia.
Navigate Hyper Facts using an easy top and bottom tab design. There is also a constantly present back button in the upper left-hand corner of the screen, a must in a link-happy app like this. Even with a streamlined design, this app has the potential to become unwieldy. The favorites feature and the option to choose “Start Over” on any page by tapping the arrow in the upper right-hand corner save this app from link overload.
Scrolling, tapping and reading are all very easy in Hyper Facts iPhone app. My only complaint with the user interface involves the search bar. It was not particularly responsive to my touch. It’s hard to tap a location in the text to delete previous words or letters if you mistyped. Some search bar updates are in store, especially since that is the main function of Hyper Facts.
No need to drop some serious dough to have a useful encyclopedia app on your iOS device. Hyper Facts costs a mere $.99. The unique quality of search, nine million facts, 40 million relationships and fluid layout are definitely worth a small investment.
Hyper Facts iPhone app requires iOS 3.2 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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