iPhone App Review – Wikipanion

iPhone App Review – Wikipanion


Last Updated: July 09, 2011
Designer: Robert Chin Price: FREE
iPhone: Yes
iPad: Yes
iPod: Yes
Category: iPhone | iPad | iPod Reference

The other day I was needing to know what the capital of Chile was, so I downloaded the Wikipedia iPhone app and discovered that it was painfully slow and randomly crashed on me. I put wiki into the iTunes search engine and came up with a whole host of third party Wikipedia iPhone apps that all claimed to be better than the real deal. I decided to give Wikipanion a try and I’ve got to say I am more than impressed. Out of all the Wikipedia iPhone apps I believe it has the most features and more importantly the quickest smoothest interface of all the wiki iPhone apps out there. Some of the features that I particularly liked were:

Quick and Easy Searching: Wikipanion makes searching easy for three reasons. First of all it has the auto complete, so most of the time all you need to do is type in the first few letters of what you’re looking for and it’ll pop right up. Secondly, when it displays the search results, it gives you a preview of the entry to make it easy to quickly determine if you’ve found what you’re looking for. Finally, if it doesn’t find anything you’re looking for, it will put your query inquiry into Google to begin helping you find what you’re looking for. realme 5

Quick and Easy Dictionary: This feature alone makes Wikipanion stand above the rest of the iPhone apps: The dictionary takes place in a separate window so you can look up a term without having to leave the article that you’re reading! The Wikipanion dictionary is also the only dictionary that I have that will pronounce not only the word, but the definition and more! Also has a thesaurus that is convenient enough that I find myself popping it up when I’m looking for the right word in an email.

Multilingual and Translator: Wikipedia is available in over 50 different languages and Wikipanion? Well, 15. But it’s multilingual and translating capabilities are pretty spot on and I’m easily able to read Spanish translated pages without any problem. My only gripe about this feature is that sometimes special characters don’t display right – which is slated to be fixed soon.

Print Reformatting: Wikipanion re formats each of the Wikipedia pages so that its a lot easier on the eyes and easier to see on the phone. The print becomes larger and it allows for easy scrolling so you can easily get around the article you’re reading. The print reformatting is particularly nice because one of the main issues I had with Wikipedia’s own app is that the text was sometimes hard to see. Other iPhone apps have a zoom function that I’ve found annoying at best.

Keeps a history if you want it too: Wikipanion keeps track of where you’ve been and lets you easily go back, keeping up to the last 100 visited entries for future reference. For privacy, the iPhone app makes it easy to clear your cache at the click of the button. The Wikipanion iPhone app also have the option to reduce or turn off tracking completely.



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