Saturday, September 3, 2011

Star Walk for iPhone: Review & Giveaway

I wrote recently about how little I knew about science. I'm a proud member of the right-side-of-the-brain club: when I look at a cloud, I don't think about how it got there, what type of cloud it is, and whether it might bring a storm. These are all important things that help society at large, I'm sure, but I'm happy to let others think about these things while I look at a cloud and wonder if it looks like a dog, a lion, or more than likely, a monster.

Luckily, there is one field of science that unites the dreamers and the thinkers, and this iPhone app seems to be made for both types of people.

Your first screen gives you current Solar System information. Look how nice it looks:

Star Walk Review

Then it's all up to you. You can find yourself on Earth, then rotate the planet and look at the view from other locations:

Star Walk Review

Star Walk Review


You can do a search for your favorite constellations and get information about them, and you can even point to the sky (during day or night) and find actual star/planet positions.

Star Walk Review

Star Walk Review

Star Walk Review

It's absolutely beautiful, and it's full of information as well as dreamy vibe (even just spinning Earth was enough to blow my mind, personally). And these pictures don't do it justice, because they can't show how alive it seems in real life.

I'm trying to only review stuff that is relevant to parenting, and I do believe this one fits that category. It's a fun teaching/sharing tool, as well as possibly being a good back-to-school app.



Now, although this app currently costs only $2.99 for the iPhone version, it's $2.99 more than a lot of apps. It's amazing--and I'm the same way--how difficult it is to spend three bucks on something that cool. I do recommend it, though, for anyone who has been able to overcome the "I will not spend a dime on apps, so help me God!" mentality.

If you want to do something else with those $2.99 but still want the app, I got one code to review this up and I still have 4 codes left, so leave me a comment with an email/Twitter handle, and I will give you the code. If more than 4 people want the app, I will choose randomly.

Oh, and this giveaway must end by Monday, because the codes can only be redeemed by September 6th or they won't work.

14 comments:

  1. The app looks phenomenal. I"m certain kids will love it. As a life long member of the right brain crowd, I can attest looking at the world with child like wonder on a daily basis.

    Thanks for the review.

    Vincent | @CuteMonsterDad

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  2. This can be a good bonding fro you and your son. You both enjoy and learn about science at the same time.

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  3. Please let me have one code! :) donalhd@hotmail.com is my email.

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  4. Mac has been very consistent in delivering products that offer the best contentment among the typical users and this application is just one of the many advantages that made iPhones so much interesting.

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  5. Whoa! I'm too late! Do you still have an extra code? I think this app is fun to explore. I am not also good in Science but things like this fascinates me. :)

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  6. I'm sorry, Vie, but it's not up to me. From what I understand, Apple gives developers these free codes for a limited time, and after that time, the codes stop working. I think that in this case the codes stopped working yesterday.

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  7. I love the Star Walk app, it's so neat. It's a great way for people of all ages to explore the stars. I grabbed it on sale for $0.99. Great deal.

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  8. Keep us updated if there are other freebies here. :) ~Kim

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  9. I hope you can post more like this for us. Thanks!

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  10. This is too, too, cool! I'm sorry we missed the giveaway, but we are definitely buying this.

    P.s. - Mr. LIAYF has mentioned your blog several times but I have just visited today. You have wonderful posts and clearly are a very fun daddy!! I loved your post about calling your mom when you were 3 years old - too funny! I'm glad I came by to take a look!

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  11. Hey, Mrs., thanks! Mr. LIAYF was one of the first people I met on Twitter, actually.

    Oh, and I just read the news on his blog. Good luck! I'll add the badge right now.

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