Whether you're surfing the internet, reading up on stuff or dealing with software I'll bet your smartphone is always within reach. Why not take advantage of the fact that we tend to almost always have our smartphones on us by installing a useful all-in-one dictionary app such as ColorDict Dictionary Wikipedia? Read on for more details.
Features & Use
Test device: LG Optimus Speed
Android version: 4.1
ColorDict Dictionary Wikipedia is an offline dictionary. Search terms are looked up in all installed dictionaries and presented in color formats, making differentiating them easy.
Some of the dictionaries (e.g. English Wordnet) have a speech output option, meaning you can listen to results (in AE or BE) via the pre-installed Google TTS engine as well as the optional Pico TTS.
Users can determine the order in which the available dictionaries can be combed through using the folder symbol at the top left.
Check the History tab to display your last search entries chronologically, alphabetically or according to how often a term has been searched for.
Screen & Controls
Using ColorDict Dictionary Wikipedia feels intuitive and familiar. When you start up the app you will see a keyboard and search bar.
You can switch to using the app in landscape mode; this layout – which changes slightly to fit the screen – was designed with tablet users in mind, but I enjoyed using it on my smartphone too.
My main critique would be that installing dictionaries isn't as smooth as it should be. It goes like this: hit the button on the landing display in order to access a list of dictionaries in the Google Play Store. Choose the language pair you're after (for instance English<>German, English <>Japanese) and download the dictionaries you want. Dictionaries are downloaded and installed as apps. In order to integrate the data to ColorDict the app has to be started in order to then install the dictionary data (as well as offer to deinstall data).
Speed & Stability
Once ColorDict Dictionary Wikipedia and the other dictionaries have been installed
the app will start up as soon as you ask it to. A few features, such as a word completion tool, make using the app very comfortable.
The app didn't crash at all during our test runs.
ColorDict Dictionary Wikipedia and the dictionaries are available for free from Google Play; ad banners are displayed when there's an active internet connection.
ColorDict is a great tool for users who are interested in language(s) and/or work with language(s).
The app's overall performance is smooth.