Do a search on the term “Spanish” in the applications store within iTunes and you will quickly become overwhelmed by the hundreds of Spanish applications for the iPhone and iPod Touch.
Spanish dictionaries, Spanish translators, Spanish tutors, Spanish lessons, Spanish audio….
You quickly get the idea. Hundreds and hundreds of Spanish iPhone apps. The question then becomes how to decide which iPhone Spanish app is right for you.
iPhone Spanish App or Electronic Dictionary?
If you’ve already got an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, and are thinking about purchasing a separate electronic Spanish dictionary, you should first figure out what your needs are and then see if you can find a Spanish app that will fulfill those needs.
The main reason for doing this is because top quality electronic Spanish translators can cost anywhere between $150 and $700. However, if you already have the hardware (iPhone or iPod), then all you may need to purchase are the databases which might cost significantly less.
Another reason to consider purchasing a Spanish dictionary or translation program on your iPhone is because you don’t want to have yet another piece of equipment to carry around with you everywhere. That’s probably one of the main reasons you purchased your iPhone in the first place.
By having your Spanish translation or dictionary app included in your iPhone, you are able to consolidate even more the things you need on a regular basis, and thus eliminate the possibility of losing your Spanish translator, or forgetting it at home.
What to Look for in a Spanish iPhone App
So if you’re looking for a Spanish iPod or Spanish iPhone app, here are a few things to look for:
Good Dictionary Database
A dictionary or translator will do you no good if you can’t find the words you need. A Spanish iPhone dictionary should have at least a 70,000 to 100,000 word database. Anything less and you’ll grow frustrated not being able to find the words you’re looking for.
The Ability to Search for Phrases
Some iPod dictionary apps only allow you to search for single words, which can lead to disappointment, especially when searching in Spanish.
Many people use their electronic Spanish dictionaries and iPhone when they travel and having a voice function that can provide a pronunciation of a certain word or phrase, in order to more conveniently communicate with native speakers. While some iPhone Spanish app programs have limited capability in this regard, there are other electronic Spanish translators that are significantly more robust.
What do I mean by additional features? I’m talking about things included in some of the top Spanish iPhone apps like flashcards, Spanish language games, a thesaurus, or idiom dictionary. Whatever iPod or iPhone Spanish app you choose, you’ll find that it will prove much more convenient than carrying around paper dictionaries.