Wikipanion Plus

Wikipanion Plus for iPad

iTunes link: Wikipanion Plus for iPad- £2.99

Apps for accessing Wikipedia aren't a rarity, but our favourite has to be Wikipanion. It combines a simple, but well laid out, interface with a number of useful functions without getting in the way of what Wikipedia is for: learning about subjects you don't understand yourself from teachers whose only qualification requirement is an Internet connection.

The key feature Wikipanion offers over the website - which works fine in Safari - is queuing. If while navigating through any given article, such as the ever-informative List of fictional ducks, you see a link to another page you'd like to check out, you can add it to your queue for later viewing. What's more, Wikipanion will store the most up-to-date version of the page ready for offline viewing.

A drop-down Wikipedia lookup is useful for those times when you find yourself wondering just what discombobulate and defenestrate mean. There's no facility for editing pages but that's not a calamity.

We also happen to prefer the formatting of Wikipanion pages to Wikipedia itself, in Safari. We dig the uncluttered look, but that's just how we roll.

Verdict

Whether you use it as a research resource (for the citation links, of course), a time-killing diversion or simply enjoy browsing Wikipedia for the shear kick of it, Wikipanion Plus makes doing so on the iPad a better experience

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