Apple Application Store: Useful Japanese Dictionary

I recently purchased the latest iPod touch update in order to access the Application Store. They have a lot of apps for free, but there are also plenty that must be purchased.

Some of the most expensive apps that I have found are language learning apps, specifically apps that are supposed to help with Japanese. For example, the “Wisdom English-Japanese dictionary” costs $23.99 (it only has a 3 star rating, definstely not worth the.money).

The best bang-for-buck application, however, is the wwwJDIc application. It’s the complete online version of the dictionary, it’s open source, it has a nearly infinate number of entries and examples, and best of all, it’s free!

The only significant drawback is that you have to be connected to the Internet. This won’t be an issue with the iPhone 3G users, but iPod touch users might not appreciate being tied to a wireless hotspot. But if you have wireless at home or easy access somewhere else (like a college campus), it’s a safe bet.

Cave in

So, I finally decided to pay attention to that iPod shaped hole I had in my heart and purchased an iPod touch (the 8 gigabyte version). Even though I haven’t had time to play with it too much, I’m in love already. I bought it mainly because we have a large wireless network on campus and I hope to have wireless at my house. I think it would be fun to run around my apartment, touch in hand, and surf the net.

I ran to my favorite coffee house in Klamath Falls (Matteos) just so I could browse the web on my new iPod. My most-listened-to songs are already on the touch as well as a few of my favorite photos. Soon, I’m going to download a few apps that look interesting (mainly the WordPress app because the website keeps crashing on my iPod).

But I haven’t decided whether or not to use Jailbreak on it. Lifehacker seems to endorse it, and I like how some of the applications look on it, but I want a better understanding of how it works before I install it.