By Cindy Downes on Fri, 05/07/2010
The definition of concise is: expressing or covering much in few words; brief in form but comprehensive in scope.
The Britannica Concise Encyclopedia 2010 app is just that - concise. It contains more than 25,000 short articles on art, history, geography, politics, technology, science, sports, pop culture, and other topics. It includes 800 images and maps integrated in the articles.
To use the app, you either search for a specific term or shake the device to explore whatever term comes up. There is also a button for “On This Day” which brings up an article that is relevant to the current day. No Internet connection is required, making it easy to use wherever you go. And, you can share what you read on the app by e-mail or bookmark it as a favorite.
Personally, I found the information included in this app too concise for the price. The app provides only a very brief explanation of the terms with links to other related articles that are just as concise. This is certainly not comprehensive enough to use for serious research. For the price ($24.99), I expect a more comprehensive encyclopedia.
For me to recommend this app at the $24.99 price, it will need to provide at least as much information as Wikipanion. If that happens, I would definitely recommend it because I trust the brand name of Britannica more than I do Wikipanion. In the meantime, I think the price of this app is far too much for what you get.