Developer: App-Kainime
Price: $4.99
Version Reviewed: 1.2.1

iPhone Integration Rating: ★★★★☆
User Interface Rating: ★★★★½
InformationRating: ★★★★☆

Re-use / Replay Value Rating: ★★★★½

Overall Rating: ★★★★½

IMG_0490I’m beginning to think that my iPod rules my life. It’s already my main source of entertainment, and I spend a lot of hours glued to that little screen. But rarely has it encroached on one particular aspect of my life: school.

EleMints might be the app to change that. As the name suggests, EleMints deals with the elements—all of them. It’s essentially a super-charged periodic table app, with troves of data and a few extra functions wrapped up in a sleek, elegant interface. Other chemistry apps either give me too little information or are too clunky to justify using them instead of a paper periodic table, but EleMints is a gem.

The app opens to the main periodic table view. Pinching and zooming reveals normal details such as atomic number, mass, and structure; however, tapping on an element opens a pop-up profile on that specific element. Many, many properties are listed: atomic radius, electronegativity, the electron shell diagram, melting and boiling points, and more. There’s a lot of data here, and articles that the app pulls from the internet (from Wikipedia, mostly) provide more info still.

IMG_0492Perhaps most useful is the ability to sort elements. In the periodic table view, you can tap a rainbow-colored circle icon to change the color-coding, which colors each element based on relative boiling point, electronegativity, physical state, etc. This is great for discerning broad patterns (what? I forget them!). Meanwhile, under the Elements tab, there’s a full list of “groups.” Tapping on any given group will show you a full list of the elements, sorted by the selected property—so if you hit “Melting Point,” for example, you’ll get a list of every element listed by ascending melting points. There’s also a Plot Graph tab, which makes trends across periods and groups more apparent.

The last feature I’d like to mention is EleMints’ molar mass calculator. The calculator allows you to enter a chemical formula, and the app instantly gives you the molecule’s molar mass as well as its percent composition.

Phew! Needless to say, there is a lot of information here. Thankfully, it’s all easy to find and displayed in a slick, quick-loading interface. Landscape mode is fully supported along with portrait; I’ve never experienced a crash; everything is logically organized. Best of all, finding info is fast, so you can keep it by your elbow when working on chemistry problems and consult it quickly.

I couldn’t ask for more from a periodic table app. EleMints is robust, efficient, and all-around awesome. Rarely has my iPod proven so utterly useful, and I’m insanely grateful to the developers for creating such a well-produced app. Do yourself a favor: if you’re in chemistry now, buy it. You’ll be grateful later.

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