Due to using my iPad for school (where I study English), I bought the Oxford Deluxe app for the iPad as soon as I got the thing, regardless of the $55 price tag. Other dictionary aren’t as advanced, even though they are definitely cheaper. Now that has changed it seems, as Merriam-Webster just released a free (ad-supported) iPad app which so far actually seem to have more features than the Oxford Deluxe app. While I haven’t checked all that many words, they seemed to be pretty evenly matched on the ones I did try. Both have built in audio pronunciation , but Merriam-Webster also has built in audio search, making it easier to search for words you can pronounce but not spell. With it being free, Merriam-Webster is definitely the way to go from what I’ve seen so far. It’s simply awesome to have a dictionary like this available for free.
Merriam-Webster releases free English dictionary for iPad1
About the Author
Andreas Ødegård was an associate editor at Pocketables. He's more interested in aftermarket (and user created) software and hardware than chasing the latest gadgets and tends to stick with his choice of device for a long time as a result of that. Currently that includes an iPad mini and a Samsung Galaxy S II.