Review Atomium - Periodic Table

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  1. studangerous

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    Atomium is every chemist's and nuclear physicist's dream reference tool. The content is, unfortunately, out of the scope of my Chemistry experience and when I called Stevie Hawking to ask if would take a look he said he was tied up watching a black hole collapse. So the task fell to me to muddle through a review.


    It would be unfair of me to make an in-depth review so I'll give a basic overview and look at the overall features and content of this rather nifty and highly specialised Chemistry reference tool.


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    Atomium is a periodic table for the scientific community, but would probably be of use to the whole 'spectrum' (excuse the pun) of this field from high-school chemistry majors through university chemistry teachers to the nuclear physicists working on the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva.


    The Periodic Table page acts as an index to more detailed information about each specific element and can be viewed in both portrait and the more traditional landscape view. Drag your finger across the table to bring up the element code, name atomic weight and category and let go to jump to the element page that contains a list of 'more than 60 different properties on the element including General, Safety instructions, Electronic configuration, Physical properties, Optical properties, Electronegativity, Crystal structure, Atom size, Elastic properties, Hardness and Abundance.'


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    As well as full detail on the elements Atomium also has details of more than 170+ frequently used constants including 'Universal, Physico-Chemical, Electromagnetic and Atomic & Nuclear generally expressed in several different units'.


    Functionally it's very easy to find the information you need using either the Periodic Table or alphabetic list of elements. You can also add your most frequently used content to a 'Frequently Used' section by double tapping which makes it appear at the top of the element detail list.


    So if your Dad works at CERN and recently got himself an iPhone then you can't go wrong with this little gem as a father's day gift for $4.99.


    For a much more comprehensive overview of Atomium see the developer's home page.

    Scoring:

    Features: ...............10----------a specialised tool that looks to contain a fairly full complement of theoretical chemistry data

    GUI:.........................6-----------nothing special to look at, but then neither's a Bunsen burner. It does what it's supposed to.

    Audio: .....................n/a-------no bleeps or squeaks leaves you free to listen for those hydrogen pops.

    Reuse Value: ..........5-----------a specialised reference guide.

    Value For Money: ...6-----------$4.99 seems a bit steep, but then again if you need it you'll probably pay up for it.


    Overall:...................6.75

    (n.b. a specialised reference tool so scoring means very little apart from in comparison with a similar app)

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  2. Germany

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    It looks very useful, but I agree, the price is probably too high. The interface could look better (I know a periodic table isn't fun to most people). It just looks really plain and scaled down to me. Good review though! Nice to see you having time to write one again.
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    app looks kind of iffy, but the review was a great one!
  4. Akiyama Mio

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    Very nice review.

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    Love the way it was presented, in actual iPhones, besides screenshots of the app itself.

    The app itself should impress my science teacher. Yeeeeaaaaaaaaah.

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