How To Videos from Howcast.com – …And That’s How, For Now*
How To Videos from Howcast.com
Remember that bit in ‘The Matrix’ when Trinity needed to learn how to fly a helicopter and had the necessary skills loaded into her brain within a matter of seconds? Well now you can do EXACTLY that with your Android handset and by EXACTLY I mean not really anything like that at all but if you do find yourself in a situation when you need some knowledge fast then the Howcast app is a pretty good place to start.
Howcast.com is a website stuffed full of handy ‘How To’ videos ranging from ‘How to make a mojito’ to ‘How to cut off your arm and save your life’ whilst covering everything in-between, Howcast.com pretty much answers every kind of ‘How Do I’ based question and now they’ve made that goldmine of handy hints directly available on your Android handset.
Considering the plethora of content available the Howcast app does a good job of getting you where you need to go and quickly. From the main screen you can access recently added or top rated videos as well as a random choice of video and the list of all twenty-five categories. Best of all is the ‘Favourites’ functionality, you can bookmark any video and have it added to your Favourites folder, this adds a very useful level of personalisation to the app effectively giving you the chance to build your own tailor-made fountain of knowledge.
The UI is clear and informative, each list of videos includes thumbnail images along with info on duration and how users of Howcast ‘rated’ each video; Menus scroll smoothly and quickly making getting around the app a breeze.
The content itself can vary, some videos can be zippy and to the point with a cheeky ‘tongue firmly in cheek’ style of delivery while other videos can be a bit droll and over-long. Whichever style you end up with you can at least be sure that you won’t get short-changed on the knowledge front (depending on the video topic of course) and that’s the whole point of this app.
The only downsides are the lack of HD videos and no option to store favourite videos locally, so if you find yourself stuck somewhere with no wi-fi or decent 3G signal then you’ll need to start asking yourself the big question ‘What would MacGyver do?’.
Howcast isn’t for everyone, some people may get annoyed by the more frivolous topics (How To Talk To Your Cat for example) but it’s worth an install just to have a quick look around. You never know, you may even learn something in the process.
Link : Install via AppBrain
Bottom Line : A world of knowledge in your pocket, and all for free. Worth a try.
*For non-UK readers ‘That’s How For Now’ is a nod to the classic kids TV shows ‘How’ and ‘How2’ hosted by the legendary Fred Dineage.