For those that own a Honeycomb tablet, it should still, unfortunately, come as no surprise that there is a shortage of true tablet specific applications on the market. This is especially true for apps designed to help kids learn about the world around them. I was pleasantly surprised that this application was made so well and really, has such a great fit an finish to it. My near three year old daughter had plenty of time working with this application and she found it very enjoyable – as I could tell.
The interface is pretty and is very straightforward. There are not a ton of customizations or settings like what you’re accustomed to in Android, which is good because this is for children. In the settings menu, there are really only two changes which are “Tips” and “Auto Snap.” The Tips option disables any pop up directions that tell you of the functionality of the application like “Press the green button to start.” Having Auto Snap turned on is great for very small children that are just learning the functionality of a touchscreen and also are not that great at lining up shapes to drop accurately. Auto Snap auto connects the selected state with its location by up to about 1/2″ away without the child needing to lift their finger. If you turn off Auto Snap, the child needs to line it up pretty accurately and lift their finger to confirm that’s the correct location. Other than the two settings in the Settings Menu, the other options are Voice off, and Music off. Turning the Voice off makes the application into more of a puzzle game with geography because the child wont be able to hear the names or state facts and they will have to concentrate on matching shapes. The music really adds a lot of fun to the app for children, and lightens it up and makes it seem less like learning and more playing.
- Great tablet specific learning app
- Simple interface
- Great facts
- The kids love it
- Washington State is oddly shaped
- Virginia’s State fact isn’t exactly toddler friendly
Have a kid? Have a Honeycomb tablet? Check it out!