Have you had a chance to use the Olive Tree Bible app at all? Any thoughts on comparisons with the Logos app?
I haven’t used the various Olive Tree apps because my understanding is that Logos can do everything they can and more (esp. if you use Logos 4) for free. I may be wrong on that.
Well, I was wrong on that—at least for now.
1. What is Olive Tree Bible software?
Here’s how it describes itself:
Olive Tree Bible Software provides mobile Bible versions and study tools for iPhone, Blackberry, Android, Palm OS, Pocket PC, Smartphone and Symbian cell phones. We currently offer over 500 mobile resources including over 100 translations of the Bible as well as commentaries, dictionaries, devotionals, eBooks, and Strong’s numbering system. The Bible is offered in various languages, including German, French, Spanish, Chinese and many others. Original Hebrew and Greek texts are also available. Additionally, we provide online web and cell phone (WAP) Bible search engines.
2. What does Olive Tree Bible software offer for the iPhone and iPod Touch?
- Bibles. Hebrew, Greek, LXX, ESV, NIV, NASB, NET, NLT, The Message, and more.
- Study Bibles. ESVSB, NET notes, NIVSB, NLTSB, and more.
- Bible study tools and academic resources. Bible Knowledge Commentary, MacArthur NT Commentary series, ISBE, Grudem’s Systematic Theology, and much more.
- Devotional resources. Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening and more (including many by Andrew Murray, a prominent proponent of Keswick theology).
- eBooks. Charles Spurgeon, John Piper, John MacArthur, and more.
- Free items
3. How does Olive Tree Bible software for the iPhone and iPod Touch compare to the Logos Bible Software app?
- Its basic layout is easier to use than Logos. It’s very intuitive. Split-screen reading is very nice, for example, if you want to have a Bible on the top half and a lexicon, study Bible, or commentary on the bottom half.
- It’s customizable. You can easily choose your preferred settings for fonts, colors, split windows, pop-up windows, and scrolling methods.
- It has offline access, so it doesn’t require an Internet connection. (Logos recently added basic offline support in their latest version.)
- Like Logos, it offers good Bible versions and other resources.
- Like Logos, the basic platform is free.
- Like Logos, it offers many free resources. Many are by John Piper.
- The Hebrew and Greek Bibles are morphologically tagged and searchable. Logos has parsing with glosses for Hebrew using their Andersen-Forbes Hebrew text and for Greek with their UBS4 text with Swanson’s morphology. Logos also has morphologically tagged Greek and Hebrew tied to English Bibles with reverse interlinears (e.g., if you click on a word in the ESV, it looks up the underlying Greek word). But Logos does not yet have the ability to do morphological searches like Olive Tree does now.
- Personal notes are accessible by verse in any Bible version across your library and synced to your desktop with Evernote. Logos does not have notes yet.
- Its products are expensive. For example, the NASB is $24; the ESVSB is $34.95; Grudem’s Systematic Theology is $39.96; NA27 with morphology and UBS dictionary is $60; BHS with morphology and BDB lexicon is $70; and LXX with parsing and LEH lexicon is $75. Logos gives you free access to the content you already own, so there is no need to repurchase anything. Logos also offers several products for free, including Bibles (ESV, NIV, NLT, NKJV).
- Its resources are relatively limited: over 500 resources. Logos offers over 10,000 resources, and currently about 3,000 of these are available on the iPhone (and the number is growing quickly as Logos secures rights and converts titles).
- Its product is more focused than Logos. Olive Tree’s sole product is Bible software for mobile phones; Logos has focused primarily on Bible software for computers and has just recently branched out to the iPhone and other mobile devices. Logos has the advantage here because it’s an electronic package that includes both computers and cell phones. The huge advantage for Logos users is that they don’t repurchase any content. A smaller advantage is that Logos 4 and the iPhone sync with each other, remembering things such as your last location in book, reading plans, favorites, and preferred resources.
- The Olive Tree app is currently better than the Logos app for most things you would use biblical resources on your iPhone for: reading the Bible and very basic Bible study.
- The Olive Tree app is probably a better choice for people who don’t use Logos 4.
- The Logos app is a better choice for people who use Logos 4.
Disclosure of Material Connection (in compliance with Federal Trade Commission guidelines): I received these mobile Bible study resources as free review copies from Olive Tree Bible Software. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions I have expressed are my own. The Olive Tree BibleReader program is available for free on OliveTree.com and iTunes.