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Review: PocketSword is an effective Bible browser with some issues

Browse and read your favorite Bible verses in this uneven but effective app.

PocketSword is a Bible reading app -- it comes complete with the King James Version of the Bible when downloaded and offers a handful of useful, albeit often limited tools for reading the Bible. While the app doesn't offer quite the depth of other Bible readers on the App Store, it is free and clearly has the accessibility of the material in mind in each of its design choices.

After downloading, you can start reading right away. The app is expandable, as well, with options to download other versions of the Bible, search indices (you cannot search by default), and commentary files. Despite a warning message about third-party access to your device that was a bit alarming, the download feature offers quite a few upgrades to the app, all for free. This all works well enough, but the sheer lack of options out of the box limits the use of the app, especially if you heed the warnings about downloading. Another issue we found is that the text has some formatting issues. Paragraphs are not spaced properly and so most of the text runs together. While you can go to a specific verse or search after installing the search index, it's hard to sort through text when it's all jumbled up.

Pocket Sword is a decent Bible app, but it falls short in a number of ways that other apps with similar functions do not. The formatting issue makes it hard to read, the download requirements are frustrating and time consuming, and browsing is tough. While you can save bookmarks, look up words or verses in the dictionary, and the single built-in commentary is helpful, the app could use some work.

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