Brian Cox’s Wonders of Life Review
Understand the science of life through 3D photos and videos in Brian Cox’s new iPhone and iPad app
Brian Cox’s Wonders of Life is a breathtaking exploration of life on Earth through over 1,000 images, more than 2 hours of video and over 80 engaging articles. Celebrity scientist Professor Brian Cox presents over 30 3D creatures and habitats up close to explain the general laws of nature for all living things on Earth. From the speed of animals to the origin of the senses, you can venture to distant places, such as Christmas Island and the Mohave Desert to unearth the secrets of life in all its forms.
Use the large globe on the main menu to select a continent to explore, or a topic from the top toolbar, such as Sensory, Microscopic, or Elements Processes. Tap on the bottom thumbnails to view more information about the place or topic, as well as images and videos.
The range of fascinating habitats and intriguing creatures in Wonders of Life ensures a broad appeal to all ages, whether a wildlife enthusiast or not. The facts are far from dull – they’re things you’ll want to share with others, like the tree-climbing robber crab in Australasia!
Cox’s own personal anecdotes keep the articles and videos light and entertaining, and the crisp high-res images and HD video make for a fully immersive experience – observe a great white shark or the tiniest microbial lifeform in stunning detail.
The interactive experience can, at times, be a little confusing as you navigate around the app. It’s not always obvious where you need to tap, or where that might take you. As you scroll down through an article, videos and images automatically open to full-screen. This is useful but can be frustrating if you’re still reading the text above the video or image.
Wonders of Life is jam-packed with fascinating facts, images and video – biology is presented in an engaging way so that no matter your interest in science, you’ll learn, and you’ll be mesmerised by the visually stunning world that we might not normally get to see.
Despite challenging navigation, it is fun to get lost and be immersed alongside Earth’s lifeforms.
Win a PowerUp 3.0 smartphone-controlled paper airplane
Take to the skies with your own paper drone with PowerUp 3.0Read more...
Browse over 67,000 titles and manage your lists on the move with the LOVEFiLM iPhone appRead more...
Blurring the line between games and reality, EpicWin is a great app for the Scott Pilgrim generationRead more...
A free app from The North Face that will prove useful for bikers and hikersRead more...
SAS Survival Guide
John Wiseman’s best-selling surviving SAS Survival Guide comes to the iPhone. But how do we recharge the battery in the jungle?Read more...
A simple but effective instant messaging service, WhatsApp allows you to chat with anyone on your contacts list as long as they also have the WhatsApp Messenger appRead more...
If you like reading about tech and you have an iPhone or iPad, the Engadget app is well worth a lookRead more...