Sol Explorer: Take a Closer Look at the Monumental


Price: $1.99
Sol Explorer: Written and Video iPhone App Review

Sol Explorer for iPhone

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

We’ve always been rather fixated with the stars. We used to love laying on our backs in the grass as children, just observing the wilderness of stars and light. Now, thanks to Sol Explorer by developer Reason Interactive, we can take the whole experience one further on our iPhone—or on our iPad with Sol Explorer HD. The app offers an inventive and unique way to educate yourself about all the various objects in the solar system, and all from the comfort of your favorite pocket companion. For more, just peep our full review below!

Concept and Functionality

To summarize what Sol Explorer is packing, we want you to first imagine having your own rocket, and one that fits into your coat pocket. Using this ship, you can travel to literally anywhere in the universe, just to have a good, close-up look at the planets, stars, and rock hunks. This is more or less what Sol Explorer gives you.

The app supplies you with a ship, as well as a full solar system to explore. You can rocket your way to objects on your own power—or in real-time, we suppose—or you can jet straight to them using the navigational controls contained within the application. Once at your destination, you’re free to poke about and have a look. You can also press the “I” button for more information about the object in question. All in all, this is an incredible way to understand the distance between the bits in our solar system, as well as to obtain a lot more data on our heavenly neighbors. It’s a beautiful piece of coding, and overall, we can’t get enough of what Sol Explorer is offering.

Graphics and Design

Sol Explorer for iPhone

Sol Explorer for iPhone

Did we also mention that Sol Explorer looks incredible, too? The models used for planets, stars, asteroids and satellites are all excellent: They’re not incredibly detailed as with NASA’s Mars maps, but rather more generally good looking in a way that’s instructive yet easy on the processor. The controls also could not be easier to use. Everything is intuitive, quick to grab, and even simpler to navigate. All in all, the design has obviously been given quite a bit of thought, and the end result shines with professional finish and an unobtrusive veneer of educational potential.

Overall Value

At the end of the day, Sol Explorer is perhaps the best way we’ve seen yet to learn and explore the solar system on your iPhone. There are other star apps out there, but if you’re looking for a quick and simplistic way to get directly on top of your celestial education, there’s no better priced option on the market. At two bucks in the App Store, Sol Explorer is an absolute steal, and an easy recommendation from us.

Sol ExplorerSol Explorer requires iOS 4.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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