Many computer programs come bundled with some sort of dictionary functionality. Whether composing an e-mail, text, memo, tweet, blog post, or some other collection of words, we expect to see a prompt when we spell incorrectly. So, why would we want a separate dictionary app?
Well, we do sometimes need to spell or define words in our analog existence, so instead of a 10 pound book, we have this app. Unlike in-app dictionaries, the Dictionary.com app provides all the content you expect from a large, printed dictionary, including word pronunciation guide, word origin, part of speech, and several definitions, when applicable.
Also, unlike many of those in-app dictionaries, the dedicated Dictionary.com reference material does not need an internet connection to function. That’s right: nearly 2 million words, definitions, synonyms, and antonyms are encompassed within the app itself. If you don’t mind using your data connection, the Dictionary.com app also provides voice-to-text search, audio pronunciation, spelling suggestions, and a Word of the Day feature.
But wait, there’s more. The app also includes Thesaurus.com for those moments when the facile solution is reproachable (see, I’m using it already!).
Now, as a savvy app consumer, your next question should be, “With all of these great features, why is the app free?” A wise question with the usual answer: It features in-app advertising, sandwiched between the main content screen and bottom menu bar. An ad-free version of the app is available for $2.99, which I recommend to any parent considering this fantastic reference tool for their student’s iPod touch.