Price: Free / $1.99-$299.99 per month
Google Drive is one of the better science apps for students and scientists. Most people know what Google Drive is and what it does. You can store various files there, collaborate on projects with other people, and use the office suite for whatever you need. The Google Sheets and Docs are a good place for jotting down data and info. In addition, Google Keep integrates with Google Drive. That adds note taking to the whole package. It’s excellent and definitely one of the better science apps.
Google Play Books (and similar apps)
Price: Free / Book costs vary
Google Play Books is an ebook platform with a ton of science material. That includes regular ebooks, audiobooks, and more. The titles vary in price. However, Google Play Books lets you download them for offline reading and there are a bunch of other features. To be fair, most ebook provides have things like downloads for offline. In any case, we like Google’s ecosystem because they also have a Newsstand section of the Play Store with science magazines like Popular Mechanics, Scientific American, and many others. Google Play Books and Newsstand are both excellent sources of science learning and science news.
HiPER Scientific Calculator
Price: Free / $3.49
HiPER is an excellent all purpose scientific calculator. It supports up to 100 digits of significand and nine digits of exponent. Additionally, it has all of the calculator basics along with some more complex things. For instance, it can generate 3D graphs, convert various units of measurement into other units of measurement, and it keeps a result history so you don’t have to do the same calculations over and over again. The free version contains ads and the premium version doesn’t. That’s about the only difference between the two.
Price: Free / $49.99-$69.99 per year
Inoreader is an RSS reader with a lot of power for science fans. You can follow multiple science blogs and sites at once and get news over the course of your day. You can separate your feed out into a variety of categories and there are some other neat features as well. Keeping up with the latest cool stuff happening is a big part of the science world and apps like Inoreader can help with that. The free version is definitely enough for casual use.
Many science apps focus on specific topics. Khan Academy is great for just the basics. It’s an online learning app with plenty of topics. They include math, science, economics, and many others. They boast a total collection of over 10,000 videos. There is a ton of science information in this one. Khan Academy also has a kids version of their app that was launched in August of 2018. There isn’t a ton of science there, but the stuff it does have is great for younger kids. Both the adult and kids versions of Khan Academy are 100% free.
Of course NASA is one of the best science apps for Android. This one lets you connect with NASA and many of the things that its doing. That includes access to 14,000 NASA videos, mission information, NASA TV access, and some 2D maps and 3D models of the various planetary bodies in our solar system. Plus, it has an extensive library of 16,000 images that make for great wallpapers. There aren’t many apps out there with this much astronomy and space stuff. Plus, it’s entirely free as far as we can tell.
Price: Free / $4.49
Podcast Addict is one of the podcast apps on mobile. You can use it to search up and listen to a bunch of science-oriented podcasts where people in the field discuss day to day findings, fun old stories, and all kinds of other science stuff. You can find lists of good ones to try all over the Internet based on how light or heavy you want your content. Podcast Addict has a basic, but super functional UI. You can download episodes, put them in playlists, and manage your podcast subscriptions. It also works with RSS feeds, YouTube channels, and other stuff as well. The free version has ads and the pro version does not.
Google’s Science Journal is an excellent app for science. It records your progress as you do various things. It may not be in-depth enough for the every day researcher. However, it’s more than good enough for students, kids, and some scholars. You record experiments, progress, observations, and data as usual. This app also lets you use sensors on your Android phone to record data as well. In that, Science Journal is unique. It’s also totally free with no in-app purchases.
TED is an excellent app for a variety of subjects. It’s not educational on the face of it. However, it does feature talks and lectures from prominent people of industry, experts of various topics, and others. One such talk was about full body transplants, for instance. The app features more than 2,000 talks, an integrated podcast, cross-device syncing, bookmarks, and more. The app is also entirely free with no in-app purchases. It’s not a complete education, but it is an excellent spot for hearing about the latest in science, technology, and many other industries.
Price: Free / $12.99
YouTube is one of the better science apps. It features a variety of YouTube videos about a variety of scientific subjects. Some of them is just some idiot mixing two things together. However, many channels like Vsauce, nurdrage, minutephysics, Smarter Every Day, and many others really take the topics they discuss seriously. Some of them are super hardcore while others discuss basic topics. You can actually get a full education here if you watch long enough (and watch the right videos). The optional $12.99 per month YouTube Premium subscription removes ads and allows for background streaming, among other things.
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