Wikipedia is one of the greatest resources ever created, and should be easily accessible by anyone, no matter where they are. Here’s a roundup of some of the most popular Wikipedia applications on the App Store. All of them will have the most up-to-date information, and work on the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.
Wikipedia Mobile is the official Wikipedia app, so naturally it is completely free and ad-less. One of the unique features is the ability to view nearby points of interest on a map, which can be pretty interesting. The main downsides are that the app is quite slow compared to the others and has limited features, as it is essentially the mobile Wikipedia site rolled into an app. There are no tabs, so you can only view one article at a time which makes it harder to browse multiple articles.
The app is open source and community built, so if you’re a developer this could be a major plus. It’s the most basic solution and feels just like Wikipedia should, but I would stay away until they get the kinks worked out.
Articles works on all of Apples touch-screen devices, and does so quite beautifully. It looks like one of Darwin’s journals, especially on the iPad. It has support for multiple tabs which comes in handy when bouncing around an article, and you can pull down the page to lock the orientation for bedtime reading. It is fast and has bookmark support, as well and the ability to email links. At $2.99, it is the most expensive option, but makes browsing the worlds largest encyclopedia very enjoyable.
Articles is my personal favorite because of its aesthetics and ease of use. The only downside is the lack of navigation support, so you’ll be doing a fair amount of scrolling.
Wapedia is much more well known for its Android counterpart, but the iPhone version does the job decently too. It’s free, but ad supported, which can be a big turn off to some. It’s not the best looking but has the benefit of fullscreen browsing to maximize your screen real-estate. It is also available in many different languages and on many different platforms. It’s very flexible, and has support for different Wikis, from Appropedia to the Zelda Wiki. Like a few of the others, it has a button that shows the contents of the page for quick browsing.
If you’re looking for a end-all Wiki browsing solution, then I recommend Wapedia for its wide range of uses and speed.
Wikipanion has a couple features that the others lack, such as the ability to search in the current page and change the font size. Like Wapedia, It also has the ability to show the contents for locating the interesting parts quickly. The paid version is $4.99, and offers offline viewing and queued browsing which replaces the need for tabs.
Wikipanion is the best all-around, and is updated constantly with new features. If I wasn’t so attached to the look of Articles, I would definitely choose Wikipanion as my default Wikipedia app.
If there are other options that you prefer, let us know in the comments!