Parents' Guide to

The World Factbook for iPad

By Erin Wilkey Oh, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Database of global statistics is a great reference tool.

App iPad Paid Reference
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this app.

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Is It Any Good?

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The World Factbook for iPad does a fine job presenting the CIA's remarkable database of information in a mobile format. The navigation is straightforward and easy to figure out, and the comparison charts are fascinating for kids and adults interested in the "big picture." Another plus is that all the information lives in the app, so users can access it offline. Curious kids could spend hours reading about global history, government, health care, and transportation systems –- and they would've only scratched the surface of this impressive database.

It's unfortunate the app doesn't offer more engagement for younger users. The heavily text-based design is okay for self-motivated kids or older users, but without some other source of inspiration, kids may not dig too deeply here. In addition, the data isn't updated as frequently as the developers claim. As of this review, it's been six months since the last update. Users may want to double-check on the official CIA website if they need up-to-the-minute information.

App Details

  • Device: iPad
  • Subjects: Social Studies : cultural understanding, events, geography, global awareness, government, history, the economy, Language & Reading : vocabulary
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning : analyzing evidence, collecting data, investigation, making conclusions, part-whole relationships
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Release date: June 5, 2012
  • Category: Reference
  • Publisher: Fuzzy Peach LLC
  • Version: 1.1.13
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.2 or later
  • Last updated: August 18, 2016

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