Version Reviewed: 1.0.1
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5
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As someone who just finished college, I’m very aware that students are incorporating their iOS devices into their coursework. I personally used my iPhone to keep track of various things and I know that many other students use their iPads to take notes in class. Mental Case 2 is definitely an app that I would recommend students take a look at, especially those who are considering using their iPad or iPhone to take notes and study.
Mental Case 2 has users make notes that represent pieces of information in whatever form. The notes are assigned a type, like question, answer, scientific term, Spanish word, programming command, diagram, or one of many other categories. Users can even make their own category if one of the many built-in options doesn’t quite fit. From there, there is a litany of options users can choose, like studying flashcards, sample quizzes, and a bunch of other actions. The app also stores the study history for a particular note, so users can easily see the last time they read it.
Mental Case 2 is an app for someone that really wants to take advantage of everything the iPhone or iPad has to offer. The app can capture audio, video, and images, and assign them to different notes. This app is much more powerful and full featured than regular to-do apps and this makes the learning curve somewhat steep. At first, there is a lot to take in and the app is probably overkill for someone who just wants to jot down simple text notes.
Many of the power-user features, like iCloud sync between devices, downloading flashcards from the online flashcard Web sites Quizlet and Flashcard Exchange, setting study schedules, and custom slideshow settings are only available with an in-app purchase that is currently $2.99. Someone who has an iPhone, iPad, and Mac (yes, there is a Mental Case Mac app too for $29.99) would probably want this upgrade just for the sync feature.
Mental Case 2 is an extremely detailed and well-thought out study and note-taking app for iOS. It’s far more than a to-do list or a simple note taking app. Users who want something that has all the possible bells and whistles should consider it, while people who prefer simplicity will probably find all of the options a little overwhelming.