Speed read documents on Apple Watch and Android Wearables
The Wear Reader™ App allows you to speed read a very wide variety of documents on your Apple Watch or similar Android device. The words of your e-book or other document is displayed on the small screen one at a time and at a speed determined by you.
If you are not in the habit of carrying other smart devices with bigger screens around, this may be just the app for you.
Wear Reader™ – Overview
The Wear Reader™ App makes use of the Spritz technology that was originally developed to help struggling students to master their reading assignments. Wear Reader™ does not teach you to read faster and it does not introduce you to any specific reading techniques; it simply displays the words at a speed that suits your particular needs.
It is feature rich, however. You can adjust the speed at any time, pause your reading, return to a previous section or even fast forward the text display. If you do not like the idea of reading one word at a time you can change the settings to traditional mode. This will allow you to scroll the text up and down as you would with other applications. If this doesn’t appeal to you can read our round-up review of speed reading apps that are suitable for desktops, smartphones tablets.
Wear Reader™ App – Features
Supports many file formats. Wear Reader™ can display documents in just about any file format you can think of. You can import these documents from Drop Box or iCloud, but NOT directly from iBooks.
Easy navigation. You can keep a large collection of documents on your Apple Watch and it is truly child’s play to navigate between the various documents, find a specific document and even navigate to a specific spot in a particular document. You can even read multiple documents without ever losing your place in any of them.
Use friendly. Wear Reader’s user interface makes it easy for anyone to use this app. It allows you to adjust the speed at which you read from just 50 words per minute up to a 100 words per minute. It is even possible to have multi-syllable words displayed for longer on the screen and you can pause at any time.
Synchronised with your iPhone. If you adjust your bookmarks or make new selections by using your iPhone, your Apple Watch will be updated automatically. This means you can use either your iPhone or your Apple Watch to read the same document without ever becoming lost.
What do Users and Other Reviewers Say?
Intuitive User-Interface? User feedback and other reviewers are not in agreement on the user interface of Wear Reader™. Some reviewers say that the menu page looks more like a information page and that it is not all that easy to navigate between books or to find bookmarks. Most users, however, praise the interface and say that they find it easy to use once they got used to it.
Wrong Approach to Reading. Teachers and reading experts are almost unanimous in their their “nay” vote. They say that only absolute beginners read a word at a time. All reading methods, especially speed reading techniques, focus on teaching readers to read entire phrases or even paragraphs at a time. Reading one word at a time makes it very difficult to keep the entire theme of the document in mind.
Wonderful Teaching Tool! On the other side of the coin, Wear Reader™ have been found to be they ideal tool for teaching beginners (both adults and children), to read. It is particularly valuable to those suffering from severe reading disabilities such as dyslexia.
Convenience. Many users say that they find the convenience offered by Wear Reader™ of great value. They like the fact that they can read whenever they have a little time and that they can easily and quickly take up their reading where they left off previously.
Annoying Bugs. Quite a number of reviewers and users are irritated by the fact that Wear Reader™ does not disable the automatic screen shut-off function. This means that the screen will automatically turn off the display while you are still reading.
Traditional Mode Useless. Most reviewers are of the opinion that the traditional mode (where you can have blocks of text displayed, allowing you to scroll up and down) is utterly useless. The text is too small and when the font size is increased the entire purpose of this mode is negated.
Wear Reader™ App Review – The Verdict
If you teach reading to beginners or if you suffer from a reading disability, you may find Wear Reader™ very useful. The same is true if you just want to review a single paragraph or a short list. However, when it comes to serious reading, either for pleasure, business or study purposes Wear Reader™ will frustrate you.