Review: MSDict Concise Oxford American Thesaurus for BlackBerry

January 25, 2009 | By | 5 Comments

Software Title: MSDict Concise Oxford American Thesaurus
Price:
$14.99
Available at:
BlackBerry Sync Store
Overall Rating: [rating:5/5]

With the thesaurus from my college days being held together with a rubber band, the thought of licking my fingers again to flip through the pages kind of creeping me out for it was passed around a lot back then,well I knew it was time for a new one.  So I chose the MSDict Concise Oxford Thesaurus and I am not disappointed.

I decided to do the OTA install on my 8320 with the offline option so I could have it available on those long flights with no bulky book to carry on. The other install option is wireless mode which means instead of the whole database installed on your SD card you have a small part of the database installed then you need a wireless connection to to access the bulk of it. The MSDict program is always installed on the main device.

Basic screen is the word list in A to Z format which you could scroll through

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or search by starting to type the word.  MSDICT dynamically filters the word as you type. Use the trackball to scroll down to the word you are searching for and click the trackball to open the article.

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Within the article is the function of the word (verb, noun, adjective, etc.), synonyms, antonyms.

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In some articles there are hyperlinks between different related words, hyperlinks are in blue underlined font. Use the space button to move your cursor to a hyperlink. Other useful features are example phrases, helping you to select the correct word and usage notes.

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From the menu you can access your history by choosing “Go To Word…”  which brings up a window with your
recently searched for words.  Or you can expand your vocabulary by choosing “Word of the Day” or “Random Word”.

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There are 2 settings under preferences, the first being font size: small, medium or large.  I definitely prefer the large.  The second setting is “Read Clipboard on Startup” which is convenient if you access the thesaurus while composing an email or updating your blog.

This program is a must have and not only for writers, college students or bloggers. Play scrabble? You can’t know too many obscure words.  It’s also great for the crossword puzzle enthusiast. And while I am an avid reader and love books, it’s nice to have this reference as close as your Blackberry.

Rating: [rating:5/5]

Pros:
- Easy navigation
- Select/copy function
- Available off line

Cons:
- Reinstall required to change storage mode
- No pronunciation examples

Compatible Devices: BlackBerry: 7100g, 7100i, 7100r, 7100t, 7100v, 7100x, 7105t, 7130c, 7130e, 7130g, 7130v, 7210, 7230, 7250, 7270, 7280, 7290, 7510, 7520, 7730, 7750, 7780, 8100 (Pearl), 8110 (Pearl), 8120 (Pearl), 8130 (Pearl), 8220 (Pearl Flip), 8300 (Curve), 8310 (Curve), 8320 (Curve), 8330 (Curve), 8350i (Curve), 8700c, 8700f, 8700g, 8700r, 8700v, 8703e, 8705g, 8707g, 8707h, 8707v, 8800, 8820, 8830, 8900 (Curve), 9000 (Bold), 9100, Curve, Pearl, Storm

Purchase this at The BlackBerry Sync Store for only $14.99

This review was written by Brenda Anderson. Brenda is a guest contributor at BlackBerry Sync. If you’re interested in writing a review on here please contact us.


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  • http://www.intomobile.com Simon

    I used MSDict for awhile, it’s great for the writers out there.

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