Review: Oxford Dictionary

Since I installed Oxford Dictionary on my Nokia E50 I find myself using it almost every day. I read a lot of English books and magazines and every time I come across an English word I don’t understand I open Oxford English Dictionary and find out its meaning. It’s very comfortable to use a dictionary on your mobile phone as it’s the fastest and the most convinient  way of finding a word when you are out and, for example, facing the situation when you need to say something  immediately.  That way you learn many new words and I recommend this application especially to people whose native language is other than English.

Oxford Dictionary is not  cheap. It will cost you $29.99 to purchase a full license. However, you can first use the trial version and see if it’s the right thing for you.  The Oxford Dictionary website doesn’t say how long you can use the trial version but I guess it’s something around 2 – 4 weeks. Anyway, it’s long enough for you to decide if you need the software or not.

Features

Oxford Dictionary (or Concise Oxford English Dictionary) is the most popular dictionary of its kind around the world and is noted for its clear, concise definitions as well as its comprehensive and authoritative coverage of the vocabulary of the English-speaking world. It contains over  240 000 words, phrases, and definitions, including 900 new words, This is a huge database but despite its size, the dictionary works like a snap. Speed is a crucial factor and Oxford Dictionary offers quick dynamic search of words while you type and dynamic changing of font sizes.

The starting screen of the dictionary is basically a list of words with a search bar at the bottom. The matching words are highlighted as you type. Once you find the correct word you click on it and the page with definitions opens right away. The great thing is that you can further navigate to any word on the page; put focus on it with a cursor and press the center push button. Check the screenshots below to get a better image of the functionality:

Oxford Dictionary

Oxford Dictionary

Concise Oxford English Dictionary has some extra features that make it even more powerful tool. If you launch the options you’ll see:

  • Search History to see the list of last 15 translations
  • Direction – if you have more modules in the dictionary you can select in which direction they should be used (e.g. English – Russian or Russian – English); at the moment Russian is the only extra language that Oxford Dictionary offers
  • Support for MMC, memory stick, and SD memory cards
  • Irregular verbs for all English Dictionaries
  • Pronunciation feature for any word that might cause difficulty

Settings

In the settings you can setup the sound volume, font size, full screen, translation from clipboard and auto-update interval. Especially font size option can be really useful for people who have problems recognizing small letters.

That’s pretty much it. I hope this review will encourage you to download and try this great application.

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