ESV Bible is a Bible reading App for Android/iOS based smart phones and Windows Mobile. It is developed by Crossway, the publisher of the English Standard Version of the Holy Bible. I have been using this app for few months now and decided it would be a bright idea to share my thoughts with you. Let me start with the pros.
1. What’s good about this app?
(A) Although it doesn’t have a ton of cool features (unlike other apps in its category) it has a very neat, fast and a user friendly interface. The user doesn’t need to worry, even if he has never read the Bible on a smart phone before.
(B) Simply tap on a desired Bible verse to make use of the powerful cross reference function. For instance tapping John 3:16 brings forth Romans 5:8; Romans 8:32; 1 John 3:18 and 2 Thessalonians 2:16.
(C) The app maintains a list of Bible verses you have accessed before. This is useful if you wanted to remember the verses the preacher quoted in his sermon. Also you can add any reference to the list of favorites with the tap of a button.
(D) Search function is an essential feature in any Bible reading app. ESV Bible has the same function but much reliable than the search function I have seen in similar apps.
(E) Reference can be highlighted and Notes can be taken and accessed later without any effort by the user.
(F) Share your favorite Bible verses on Twitter and Facebook. (This is a very common feature however.)
2. What’s bad about this app?
(A) Most Bible Reader apps I have used in the past had a night mode, which I found useful when I wanted to read the Bible under low light conditions. The ESV Bible app lacks this essential feature.
(B) The app is not compatible with Blackberry devices. It seems that Crossway has completely ignored the Blackberry camp.
(C) Most of us prefer using different colors to highlight our favorite references. (Like dark green for verses that talk about God’s authority, Royal blue to highlight verses that talk about God and so on.) This app however supports only one color.
(D) Not integrated with the Cloud. Therefore users can not login to their online ESV account or sync notes across devices.
(E) It crashes. This seems to be an issue with cashing because the problem disappears after the first launch and returns only if I clean the cache. Not a very big issue because it doesn’t crash all the time.
3. Final verdict
Although it lacks some of the most basic features and there’s room for improvements the user-friendly interface is a huge plus factor. Overall it’s a very good app and worth a try. Besides it’s free. Please check the screenshots below, in case you want to have a sneak peak without actually installing it. Go here to download it for Android.