Wed, 26 May 2010 Articles for iPhone review
The mobile Wikipedia client works well, but doesn’t stand out
- Manufacturer: Sophiestication
- Pros: Bookmark articles, save photos direct to iPhone
- Cons: Slow compared to free Wikipanion
- Price: £1.79
- Star rating:
Articles allows you to access and read Wikipedia on your iPhone or iPod touch. The £1.79 app offers access to a wealth of information but with one small caveat – it takes a while to get to that info.
Think of Articles as a pocket-sized version of Wikipedia. The app uses the same navigational controls as the iPhone’s Safari browser. Articles includes a search bar at the top of the screen, navigational arrows at the bottom and a new tab system that allows users to keep multiple pages open at a time.
Once you find an interesting article, you can bookmark it and add it to a folder for later reading. You can also save photos directly to your iPhone with a tap of a button. Articles keeps copies of previously viewed entries in its history folder for easy offline viewing. It should be noted, however, that viewing new entries requires an active network connection.
If you’re looking for something new to read, Articles has you covered. The app includes a Surprise Me button, which displays a random Wikipedia entry, and a Nearby button, which displays entries on places based on your iPhone’s location-awareness feature.
The downside? Relatively slow load times. In testing Articles, we found load times for most entries ranged between 6 and 14 seconds – slow when compared to the free version of Wikipanion, which we’ve had on our iPhone for more than a year.