I’ve been using Logos 5 (the Reformed Platinum Package) since July of this year (my review is here). While I don’t use the Logos app as much as the desktop version, it is for sure worth mentioning. For the record, I use the Android version of the app (4.3.8 Build 286) on a 7-inch Samsung tablet, and have come to appreciate several aspects of it. (There are apps for iOS, Kindle, Windows, and Mac as well.) Below is a bullet point list of features, benefits, and weaknesses of the Android app:
1) Features: First, the app is free and you can sync your desktop version of Logos to the app version. Second, of course, you can search the Bible in various translations and the original Hebrew/Greek. Third, you can read your Logos books on the app, take notes, and make highlights. Fourth, like the Logos desktop version, you can utilize the passage guide, exegetical guide, word study feature, and topical guide. Finally, there is a split screen option, where you can read (for example) a text and its commentary together.
2) Benefits: I’m not one who carries a smart phone around or uses a tablet extensively, so I have to admit I don’t use all the benefits the app offers. However, I like the fact that I can do word searches and basic Bible studies on this app. I’ve used it for regular Bible reading as well. Probably the biggest benefit of this app for me is the ability to read my Logos books on it – for example, I’ve read parts of Shedd’s “Homiletics and Pastoral Theology,” Vos’ “Reformed Dogmatics,” some of Augustine’s letters, and some of Ridgley’s “Body of Divinity,” among others. This is the main reason I like the app: I have access to my Logos Reformed library (note: you do have to download a resource if you want to read it online).
3) Weaknesses: The app has so many uses that it isn’t always easy to navigate. For example, I haven’t figured out how to quickly access my collections (e.g. Puritans, Dictionaries, Commentaries). I also have a tough time quickly finding a book to read (e.g. finding Calvin’s commentary on the Psalms). Another thing I found frustrating is figuring out the finer details of syncing; it’s not overly intuitive. In a word, the app is really good, but it’s for sure not perfect. To be fair, there is some online help – Logos.com has some great forums and videos and tech support. However, the Android support isn’t as good as the desktop support, which is understandable since the desktop version is the workhorse. (As a side, I wish I could read my Logos resources on Kindle, since my eyes become fatigued by reading on a tablet.)
In a word, I view the Logos Android app something like a “Logos Lite” for my tablet. I wouldn’t pay a lot of money for it, but since it is free, and since it does sync (to some extent) with Logos desktop, it is certainly worth downloading and utilizing. One more thing: since the people at Logos are constantly working to improve the product and help those of us who use it, I’m guessing over time this app and the others will get better and better.
For those interested in Logos Bible software – specifically a Reformed Package – the people at Logos have set up a code for our “ReformedReaders” to use for a discount (READERS6). Follow the LINK for more info.
(I’m grateful to our friends at Logos.com who have provided me with a review copy of Logos 5 software! Thanks again!)