Hone Your Prehistoric Knowledge With iDinobook
iDinobook: Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs for iPhone ($0.99) by Alberto Polo Roldán is a dinosaur reference app. The app has two versions, one for the iPad and the iPhone. iDinobook is designed for Dinosaur fans although the average person can understand most of the information.
iDinobook has index, map, and quiz features. The index is the complete list of all dinosaurs in the app. It is organized with file folder graphics to look like those found in a paleontologist’s office. Each dinosaur’s folder includes a picture of its skeleton, information about its size, classification, and location its fossil was found.
The index can be organized by alphabetical order, size, weight, time period, or diet. Tapping on the dinosaur on the picture tab in its folder will show users a flipbook of images associated with it. As you scroll through the index, you’ll notice that some dinosaurs have a red ribbon with their file. This indicates that this dinosaur also has an extended file with additional information.
The map feature pinpoints countries on the globe where species fossils have been found. Tapping on a pinpoint will display a screen with the species discovered and the specific location where they were unearthed. This is an interesting feature, helpful for users to visualize where many fossil discoveries are. One minor flaw with the map feature is that it does not divide larger countries (like Russia and the U.S.) into regions. Instead, it only has one pinpoint for them. Adding regions for these countries would make the map feature more effective in showing more precise fossil discovery locations.
The last feature is the quiz feature. Here users can test their prehistoric knowledge by answering 15 possible within the allotted 40 seconds. Quizzes are not easy, most questions are designed for dinosaur experts.
Overall, iDinobook is a fun and educational app. It is easy to use and contains lot of interesting information. I recommend this app for users who have a passion for dinosaurs.