CBS Shows Off Their Official PADD App

Posted by Tim Sheehy on Jul 12, 2011 in Star Trek |

The other year we wrote about the LCARS Reader app for Apple’s iOS. I absolutely loved the concept, but it wasn’t long before the novelty wore off and I found myself deleting the app altogether. I’m not sure if it was just that I found the interface to be slightly buggy and difficult to navigate, or that it seemed to lack the polish I’ve become accustomed to with properly licensed products — maybe a bit of both. It’s been over a year, and CBS has finally got around to creating their own LCARS interface with their official Star Trek PADD app. Took them long enough, am I right?

While it lacks the ability to customize content, the app functions as a virtual compendium spanning the entire televised series and covering topics like cast, crew, aliens, ships, food, medical, scientific knowledge, and more. However, it lacks information regarding the recent film and expanded universe, so don’t expect to see any topics relating to your favorite Pocket Books series while browsing the app. The app also has some authentic sound effects, but those might get on your nerves after awhile. The app also carries an unfortunate $5 price tag. To me, it seem like a bit much to ask for information you could find for free online. Again, you’ll be paying for the novelty and it’s only a matter of time before that wears off.

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Star Trek PADD app 3

Tim is a pro-blogger and freelance writer out of San Diego, California. In addition to, several outlets he’s written for include the Japanese culture and entertainment blog, Japanator, and the collectible toy culture site Tomopop. For more information, follow him on twitter, or check out

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