The separation of the kids app store made thing simpler in terms of narrowing the search for apps. But there are still thousands upon thousands of apps to sieve through. Once a week, this series will highlight one of the latest (or lesser known) app that is good education fodder, games and books for kids of different ages. Unless stated otherwise, the reviews will be of the iOS system as we will be using the iPad to test the apps.
Brainfeed was first released in December 2013 and is just one of those apps that goes unnoticed for a while till that one review comes across and takes a foothold. This apps has over 1,000 videos and counts to expand its library. The app is developed by the same named company Brainfeed LLC based in the US. The app has had noticeable progress in the app stores but nothing that major.
Here is a breakdown of why this app is appealing to children above 7 years old and adults.
The name is a dead giveaway for what to expect from this app and simply stating that this is an educational app is an understatement.
Designed to inform, the app has various 11 categories such as science, this is your world, english, social studies, math and others that are filled with both short and long videos. The videos are categorized according to ages as well. If a child taps on an adult tagged video there will be a pop up window showing as much. The videos are a blend of still photos, animated illustrations and videos set to either a narration or music depending on the topic chosen and age.
The layout of the app is pretty straight forward in that there are the broad categories that have subcategories. If there is a video that is a favorite, the user has the option of saving it for later which makes this easier than having to search for the app all over again. The lock icon is used to differentiate between free and in-app purchase videos giving the user the choice to download the rest at their own leisure, for a fee of course.
The other cool thing about this app is that there are no social media links and other advertisements making it less distracting.
You’ll need to have access to fast bandwidth as the videos take longer to load. The result is that this makes it frustrating to wait. When reviewing this app, there were a few bugs that were being fixed as looping videos. Hope they got this sorted out by now.
Platform: iPad only
Price: Free with In-App purchases- USD 1.99 to USD 14. 99
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