23/05/2012 14:59 | By Stuart Dredge, contributor, MSN Tech & Gadgets

Kingdom of Plants with David Attenborough: app of the day

Fauna king brings the Royal Botanic Gardens' flora to iPad.


Kingdom of Plants with David Attenborough is rated five stars out of five by MSN Tech & Gadgets (© Serengeti Entertainment Ltd)

What is it?
The official iPad app for Sir David Attenborough's latest TV series, exploring the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew.

Coolest feature
The man himself whose delivery remains impeccable. And there is plenty of full-screen plant-porn pics for gardeners to salivate over.

Platforms
iPad: £7.99

Review
Sir David Attenborough has found himself face to face with plenty of wild beasts in his career, but how will he cope with great big orchids? That's the idea behind his new Kingdom of Plants TV show, which has its own official iPad app.

It's part book and part chopped-up TV series, providing a slick touchscreen showcase for a selection of clips from Sir David and sundry foliage from the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew.

Kingdom of Plants with David Attenborough is rated five stars out of five by MSN Tech & Gadgets (© Serengeti Entertainment Ltd)

The obvious comparison is with fellow TV star Brian Cox's Wonders Of The Universe app from earlier in the year, which offered a similar blend of video and text.

In this case, the app divvies up its plants into categories: First Flowers, Living Fossils, Rare Bloomers, Strange Beauty and so on. Oh, and Eating Animals. We sense that this section, on carnivorous plants, will be particularly popular.

The app is very well presented, with a virtual tree acting as the main menu, as well as a map of the gardens as an alternative way to explore the content. The videos are top-notch, obviously: Attenborough is just as captivating a presenter on the iPad screen as on the tellybox.

Panoramic photographs of the gardens and galleries of full-screen images make it a perfect coffee-table app to show off your tablet. That said, you'll need at least a passing interest in plants to want to pay the £7.99 asking price.

Now, what next for Attenborough in the apps world? It would be amazing to see the BBC rise to the challenge of bringing some of his classic wildlife shows to tablets. Bring on the lions, gorillas, and those insanely big-toothed deep-sea fish from Blue Planet...

Kingdom of Plants with David Attenborough is rated five stars out of five by MSN Tech & Gadgets

Kingdom of Plants with David Attenborough is rated five stars out of five by MSN Tech & Gadgets (© Serengeti Entertainment Ltd)

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