Developer: NASA
Price: Free
Version Reviewed: 1.1
Device Reviewed On: iPad 2

iPhone Integration Rating: ★★★★☆
User Interface Rating: ★★★★½
Re-use Value Rating: ★★★★☆

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

While I’m a technology fiend, I’ll readily admit that my knowledge of all things science is extremely limited. Such is the curse of not paying attention enough as a child and preferring the arts. So apps like Space Place Prime immediately leap out as ways to help me learn a little more about a subject that fascinates yet eludes me.

As promised in the app description, Space Place Prime is an app that can easily cross the generations. An educational tool at heart, it makes a wide variety of subjects appear fascinating and relevant to young and old alike. Even better, it’s the kind of iPad app that one will browse for five minutes then realise 30 minutes has passed thanks to its wealth of interesting topics.

The app offers a seemingly infinite grid of images to slide around, picking out things of interest. It’s possible to switch to a more structured approach of lists separated according to type such as video, image or article, but navigating the grid is all part of the fun. While it might not be physically tactile, it feels so much more alive than just scrolling through a list of articles.

This sense of interactivity extends once something has been selected. Images appear on the screen alongside text explaining their significance. It’s luscious and I can only imagine how beautiful it must look with the New iPad. Articles come with a mixture of imagery and easy to read paragraphs detailing things, ranging from explanations of the ageing process to how space technology helps in our everyday lives. Videos are interesting yet don’t outstay their welcome, ensuring that the bite sized appeal of Space Place Prime continues onwards.

With new content added each day and the ability to tag favorites for later consultation, Space Place Prime is a fine app, one that’s clearly been carefully considered before being implemented. The best part about it, though? Learning things without it ever feeling like work. As it should be.

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