148Apps Review SummaryOur Rating: :: BEAUTIFUL MESS :: Read Our Full Review >>
This image- and video-dense, detail-light app from the BBC showcases a planet full of natural splendor, but the interface lacks the artistry of the pictures.
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App DescriptionTake a fingertip tour of some of the worldâ€™s most intriguing creatures and incredible landscapes. This BBC Earth Wonders app showcases some of the most beautiful BBC natural history clips, edited with only the sounds of nature, from landmark series such as Planet Earth, Frozen Planet and Life, along with stunning images from world-renowned natural history photographers.
We wonâ€™t give it all away now, of course, but youâ€™ll learn an astonishing fact (or two) about the diminutive spectral tarsier, one of the worldâ€™s most unusual and secretive primates. The killer whale is a whale by name only - can you imagine what species it actually is?
* Explore points of interest *
Explore all this content using a slick rotating 3D globe. Tap on a point of interest to see what creature or landscape there is to discover in that area.
Or, choose to view points of interest by theme, like â€˜Bone smashersâ€™ in Bird wonders, or â€˜Awesome auroraâ€™ and â€˜Crystal cavesâ€™ from the theme of Beautiful wonders.
* HD Video *
Each of the 50 points of interest has a 30 second clip of pin-sharp HD video taken from BBC archives.
* Picture of the day *
Thereâ€™s a new picture to enjoy each day of the year, each accompanied by a little-known fact - so remember to check each day. Did you know, for example, that some studies show that chimpanzees may suffer from mid-life crises? Or that the mantid has just one ear...located on its belly?
In summary, youâ€™ll enjoy:
* 500+ stunning HD images from the natural world *
* 50 HD video clips, each about 30 seconds long with just the ambient sounds captured during filming *
* 3D navigational globe, which helps you explore the points of interest *
* A new picture every day, with a snippet of info or quote youâ€™ll want to share *
This app features 700MB of downloadable video content and we recommend wi-fi connection when using it. Please ensure you have a steady connection when downloading content and avoid using 3G.
Map locations are approximate.
Want more natural history? Visit bbcearth.com to learn more about natureâ€™s most incredible stories.
This app is produced by BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC. BBC Worldwide is self-funded and returns profits to the BBC to be reinvested in programmes and services to help keep the UK licence fee as low as possible. For those who wonder why our apps arenâ€™t free, BBC Worldwide has the responsibility of channelling funds back to the BBC, so the BBC can continue to create amazing content.
January 25, 2014 New version 1.1.1
November 11, 2013 New version 1.1
May 24, 2013 Price Decrease: $3.99 -> $0.99
March 28, 2013 Price Decrease: $3.99 -> $0.99
February 28, 2013 Initial Release