LookUp for iPhone
For the last few months, I’ve been using Terminology through URL schemes for definitions. LookUp for iPhone is a lightweight app that aims to be your goto dictionary app. It doesn’t feel like any other dictionary app for iPhone.
LookUp uses a card style layout for presenting you with your search results and depending on the word, it can give you the definition with synonyms, etymology or Wikipedia entry for it. On first launch, you get access to a word of the day card and a search bar above it. This card can be swiped to access previous cards for word of the day and each card has a share or star action. Tapping the search field on top blurs the view below and brings up the keyboard. The app has no real menu barring the 3 buttons below the search field that are only present when the keyboard is visible. These buttons let you go back to the “home” view, access starred searches or check your history. Every card has its own colour theme and while the app has a nice amount of whitespace, the colour changes across cards are really nice. Most in app transitions across screens are done with a cross fade animation. Cards that feature a “Read More” button take you to safari as opposed to an in app browser. An in app browser option would be nice.
LookUp is a very nifty dictionary app for your iPhone. Some transitions feel a little slow but not laggy on my iPhone 5. Other than that slight slowdown, it does its job very well. LookUp is available on the App Store for $2.99.