Being Different: Video iPad App Review
If you’re in the market for an eBook with a story that teaches children that being different isn’t a bad thing at all, you’ve found the right app review. This week I had the pleasure of reviewing Being Different, an eBook app from Beemates Media. Read on to find out how this eBook app makes it to the top of our must have list this week.
Like most eBook apps, Being Different has some qualities that kids will love. The app has two different narrators (one British, the other American), fun extras hidden on almost every page of the story, and a wide range of ways for children to enjoy the tale. The app allows kids to read it on their own, have it read to them but still turn the pages themselves, or they can enjoy it in an automated play setting where the story and pages move automatically.
This story is aimed towards children around the age of three, and it gains some bonus points, and earns itself a longer shelf life, with a set of four in-app games that kids can play easily. I use the term games loosely. Think of the extras more like activities. There’s a match feature, a shape learning game, a baby bee wallpaper that might delight even younger children, and a neat create-a-scene page where kids can make their own story with Being Different characters.
And I haven’t even gotten to the best part of the app yet: the story! I think the simple, yet endearing story in Being Different is a great lesson for young children to internalize. It teaches them that being different isn’t a bad thing at all, and that everybody has different strengths and weaknesses that make them special.
In other words, this eBook app hits all the high points an eBook should, with some serious style.
Layout & Design:
I will admit that the Being Different eBook app is not the glossiest app of its kind I’ve ever seen. While there are hidden elements and mobile features on most of the pages, the graphics are a bit rough and the animation isn’t the smoothest out there.
Then there’s the concern of outside links. There is one outside link on the app’s main page. It leads to the developer’s homepage, www.beemates.com, and while it isn’t a sales page or an iTunes app store page, I still don’t like seeing any outside links in an app intended for children, so it is something to keep in mind.
For an eBook app, Being Different is fairly priced at $2.99. That certainly won’t break the bank, and I think this app has enough sophistication and great features such as the story to justify adding this sweet app to your family’s iPad app collection without hesitation. Families, you will love this app. Go get it.
Being Different iPhone app requires iOS 4.0 or later and is compatible with iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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