Geeks delight in building their brains, showing their smarts and immersing themselves in the topics they love most. Many app creators make accomplishing the last of these tasks easier with geek-approved applications. By downloading these apps, you can easily engage in one of their favorite hobbies: being nerdy. If you are a card-carrying nerd, try out one of these apps on your tablet the next time you are in a Wi-Fi hotspot. If you’re a smartphone owner, explore the apps anywhere. Owners of T-Mobile cell phones in particular can geek out to the max if they have the company’s new unlimited data plan, making their exploration of all things cerebral as affordable as it is satisfying.
1. Comics App
This app, created by comic powerhouse Comixology, offers you easy access to your favorite reading materials. It provides access to more than 30,000 comic books, allowing you to binge on this classically nerdy reading material, according to Time Magazine. App users can even access comic books they have purchased on the app. This handy feature will allow you to keep the actual comic safely tucked away and explore it digitally.
Are you accessing “Star Trek” content digitally? If the answer is no, you are missing out on a wealth of engaging information and doing a poor job of fulfilling your nerd duties. This app, according to CIO, includes information on everything from cast members to ships and on-show technologies. To truly get your Trek on, peruse the app while watching an episode of the show.
If you subsist on a regular diet of movies, not satisfied with viewing the films alone, but instead feeling an unending compulsion to know everything about each film, the IMDb app will be your new best friend. This app allows you to search a movie—any movie, no matter how obscure—and access a wealth of information about it and its stars. If you are the type of nerd who loves to write, you can also take advantage of the user review feature and publish reviews of the films you have viewed.
Immerse yourself in the world of “Doctor Who” and build your brain at the same time. In this maze game, you can act as the Eleventh Doctor and Amy Pond to keep the world safe from the Daleks. Addictive and engaging, this app will have you hooked, so you better hope you have that unlimited cell phone plan.
5. DMC Speedometer (Flux Capacitor)
If you never quite got over that desire to take a trip in the DeLorean from “Back to the Future,” this app may at least somewhat quench your desire to do so. The app brings the now infamous 88MPH speedo that sits on top of the dash on the DMC straight to your iPhone for the first time! (which any fan worth their salt knows as the device that allows for time travel) and it’s not just a mock-up but a Fully Functional Highly Accurate Speedometer that uses your iPhone built-in GPS receiver to display your current speed.
Being geeky is easier than ever. With a wide array of apps at your fingertips, you can make yourself the most in-the-know person about your favorite nerdtacular topics. Load some of these apps onto your mobile device and get studying. If you don’t, you may be bested by some of your aspiring-geek friends.
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Guest Contributor: Patricia Tucker
Pat is a tech writer from Toledo, Ohio.