Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Amazon Appstore's Free App of the Day, 6/5/2012: Spelling Bee

Amazon.com has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Spelling Bee.

Spelling Bee is priced at $0.99 in Google Play; it is normally priced at $0.99 in the Amazon Appstore. As we've noted before, there are sometimes differences in pricing between the two marketplaces.

Spelling Bee is described as follows:
Love it or hate it, spelling is here to stay. Embrace this reality and become a better speller with Spelling Bee, an easy-to-use educational app for your Android device.

Spelling Bee is an ideal study aid for children, but it's also great for anyone who wants to improve their spelling skills. It features a database of more than 2,300 English words--along with definitions and clear audio clips of each word's pronunciation--so you can expand your knowledge base quickly and easily.

Practice Makes Perfect

As any seasoned competitor knows, you can't just walk into a spelling bee cold and expect to win. You have to prepare--and that means studying as many words as you possibly can, learning definitions and pronunciations as you memorize each word.

The app's Study mode gives you that opportunity, offering a no-pressure review of thousands of words. Each entry reveals the correct spelling of a single word and its definition. You can also touch an onscreen audio prompt to hear the word being spoken aloud.

Test Yourself

When you're ready, head to Spelling Bee mode for a virtual bee. Touch the onscreen prompt to hear a word spoken aloud, then type the word into a text box. You'll know immediately whether you got it correct--and if you didn't, the app will helpfully reveal the correct spelling so you can see your mistake.

Choose from four difficulty levels (Beginner, Easy, Medium, or Hard) and decide how many words you'd like to spell in a challenge (five, 10, or 20). If you want to improve your speed, select the Timer option; this keeps track of how long it takes you to complete a quiz.

The makers of Spelling Bee are busy (yes, you guessed it: busy like bees) adding more words all the time, so you'll always find new challenges. Have fun and get spelling!
Spelling Bee is rated at 4.0 stars in Google Play. It is rated at 3.5 stars in the Amazon Appstore.

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If you throw out the spoof one-star ratings on the Amazon Appstore, the ratings between the two markets are pretty close to each other. Thus, we'd give this a "buy" (while it's free) nod.

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Those who are considering "buying" a Free Amazon Appstore app might want to consider what it means to developers.

Amazon.com opened up the Appstore despite a lawsuit by Apple, which has previously trademarked the term "App Store." Microsoft has filed an appeal against that trademark, saying the term is too generic. Amazon.com has responded to the lawsuit in the same manner.

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