Mon, 23 Aug 2010 Star Walk for iPad review
Space exploration app shoots for the stars - and delivers them
- Manufacturer: Vito Technology
- Pros: Impressive breadth of astronomic data; uses digital compass to identify what you are seeing
- Cons: Photo browsing interface is clunky
- Price: £2.99
- Star rating:
Star Walk for iPad is a virtual planetarium and big-screen successor to the iPhone app of the same name. Star Walk’s breadth of astronomic data is impressive: you can explore more than 9,000 stars, constellations, planets, and other celestial bodies.
The app shows you the stars in the sky as they look right now. As you swing your iPad around, Star Walk uses the digital compass to help guide your stargaze in the right direction, showing you where you can spot constellations in the night sky. Armed with your location and the current time, Star Walk does an impressive job of recreating approximately how the stars should look for you – assuming minimal light (and dirt) pollution and cloud cover. You can zoom deeper and deeper into the sky and pan all around; you can tap the info button to read more about the selected object.
Star Walk also provides a single-screen space dashboard, showing you when the sun (and potentially visible planets) will rise and set at your location, along with the current moon phase. In addition, the app sports a Picture of the Day feature, with photographs of planets, nebulae, and the like.
Mon, 23 Aug 2010Reviewed by: greendave
Duration of ownership: 4 months
Strengths: Moving star charts for the history and future of the universe configurable to any time and date with momentum video scrolling. Adjustable brightness to match your view of the night sky.
Weaknesses: Slightly clunky interface that hides some of the most powerful features.
Overall Evaluation: This has been the one app that even the most sceptic, anti-apple devices people have gracefully accepted shows the iPad to be the computing device of the future. To actually hold your iPad and, as it moves, you see through a window to the universe. It is a remarkable experience! I have converted at least 10 non-believers with this app alone.