In some way or another, every Bible app available for the iPhone seems to be on an amateurish level when it comes to design and usability. Features, however difficult to make use of and ugly to look at, take priority over something that looks and works great. NeuBible is different. It’s the first Bible app (Christian app, really) that I’ve run into that seems to take a design-first approach.
NeuBible isn’t a “study” Bible. It’s for reading—like a book. There aren’t any links within verses to other links or definitions or resources. There’s just the text looking about as good as it could for a person to absorb and enjoy.
Like a handful of startups (Medium and Svbtle come to time), NeuBible places an emphasis on readability. This is probably THE main feature of this app (and it’s a much needed one). Unlike other Bible apps, NeuBible gives you control over the font size/type and line height. The default settings, however, do look the best in my mind.
At the moment, these are the Bible translations available in NeuBible: The World English Bible, American Standard Version, King James Version and New American Standard Bible. To be honest, I’m not sure why developers/designers who are obsessed with current design trends would want to include the KJV—probably just to beef up their offering, but I can’t imagine their target demographic wanting to use it. Notably, NeuBible is missing the English Standard Version.
Aside from choosing a Bible version and changing the text presentation, the options are few (but that’s a good thing—no bloat). You can turn on/off the red letters and verse numbers and toggle reading reminders. That’s about it.
One last thing I’ll mention is that holding down on a verse or word within a verse highlights the entire verse and gives you the other to highlight or copy.
This is a very minimalistic app at it’s core and I like it that way. It’s meant for reading, rather than outright studying, and it’s very good at what it does. I hope it ushers in a new era of design-first thinking for Christians getting blown away by the design of secular apps. Definitely worth the $2 download (+ in-app purchases for certain Bible versions).