Star Chart offers you a virtual window into the universe, enabling you to identify any stars, planets, or constellations you point your device at even during the day, as well as providing an engaging 3D exploration mode and all the encyclopedic information you need about everything in space.
Fantastic concept: Using GPS, Google space data, and a beautifully rendered 3D galaxy, Star Chart helps you recognize the major constellations, a planet, or an obscure star, by just pointing your device at it, without the need to scroll or move, and without requiring online access or even the download of any data package.
Wonderfully rich: Although this app displays 120,000 stars, 88 constellations enhanced with digitized artwork created by the 17th century astronomer Johannes Hevelius, Messier objects, all the major planets and, through upgrades, even meteor showers, comets, and satellites, it somehow manages to work smoothly on a mobile device, having a decent loading time and a responsive navigation that lets you easily tap on objects to get essential data about them, including size and distance.
Great features: Time Shift for viewing the universe up to 10,000 years in the future or back in time and the straightforward but highly practical voice control commands further enrich the star-gazing experience this app provides.
Somewhat unresponsive AR mode: The app's key feature, the AR mode for recognizing celestial objects when you point your device at the sky, stops working every now and then, requiring a restart.
Drains the battery: Unsurprising considering how many graphics it packs, this app ate our Nexus 7 battery at the rate of 5% every 20 minutes or so.
Interface could be improved: While the 3D graphics are beautifully rendered, the design elements used in the pop-up menus offering more information about the selected objects as well as the splash screens could do with some polishing.
With its wonderful concept and wealth of knowledge and features, Star Chart proves to be an unforgettable app. It wouldn't be an overstatement to name this one of the most remarkable Android apps available, especially since it's free and has no ads. This app is practically a virtual telescope that makes stargazing a treat regardless of your location or the weather conditions.