Articles is a beautiful Wikipedia reader for your iPad, iPad mini, iPhone and iPod touch.
Just enter a search term and let Articles find the Wiki entry you are looking for. Use the integrated maps feature to learn about interesting places and historic events around your current location, or anywhere else in the world. Or simply shake your device and let Articles find an entry for you. Mark interesting entries you want to read in the future and search text in the currently open document.
- Apple Design Award 2010 Winner
- App of the Week in the United States, Germany, United Kingdom and many other countries
- Best Reference App at the 2010 and 2011 Best App Ever Awards
- O'Reilly App Smackdown: Best App for Wikipedia
"Wikipedia is free on the web, right? Why spend even a couple bucks to wrap it in an app. The answer is interface. You can do far more, far more easily, with a native app than you can do with a web page." –Rene Ritchie, iMore
"There are a bunch of dedicated Wikipedia iPhone apps, and there are several I like. But I like Articles best. It’s fast, it looks great (including the formatting of articles), and it has a very clever MobileSafari-inspired UI." –John Gruber, Daring Fireball
Tips & Tricks:
- Double-tap (and hold) on the article to display the Chapter Index control.
- Tap the status bar to scroll back to the search bar.
- Pinch the article view to increase or decrease the text size.
- Tap-and-hold a link to open an article in a new page.
- Tap and hold on text to copy and paste article content.
- Tap and hold on links and images to reveal more actions.
Additionally on iPhone and iPod touch:
- Tap and hold the Toolbar to start customizing all items.
- Pull down the article view to lock or unlock the current screen orientation.
- Shake your device to open a random article.
- Fixed am issue when adding new bookmarks.
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Ratings and Reviews
I've been saying for years Apple needs to implement their OS X App "Dictionary" into iOS. With the exception of an actual dictionary or thesaurus, this app comes about as close as you can get to that without the App coming directly from Apple. The UI is spot on iOS, the interface is intuitive, it doesn't rewrite or redesign icons for style reason. It works well with the Apple ecosystem and just feels like an Apple App.
My only complaint would be that the "Nearby" functionality could be a bit better. For one it could include more articles in any given location. Ive used google earth's wiki function and it seems to show many more *pins* in the map than this does. That being said, I wish this functionality was built-into the iOS maps app itself. This feature was the #1 reason I bought this app. Makes a perfect travel companion. No more guidebooks for me, hopefully.
The second reason why I bought this app was because the standard Wikipedia app is too slow, unit unitive and doesn't work in china, whereas going to the website does work. Go figure. I'm not in china right now but in a couple of weeks ill update my review after testing behind the *Great Fire-Wall*.
I just hope some of this functionality makes it into iOS's standard apps in the future.
Decent application, but I feel as though I've been scammed
Yes, yes.. it has a lovely user interface — but I'm not sure the difference between 'Articles' and 'Articles for iPhone'. I purchased one of the two apps from this developer years ago, but when I reinstalled it from the App Store recently I noticed a five dollar charge from iTunes.. apparently I'd purchased it again? What's really strange is that I've both apps now installed on iPhone — they're side-by-side on my home screen, with identical icons and are, as far as I can tell, identical applications. I suppose the only positive thing about getting tricked into purchasing the same application twice is that I can leave negative reviews on both copies now?
As for the app(s) it/them self/selves, I'd prefer it if new articles opened in the background (instead of having to constantly switch back to what I was first reading). Also, it's quite irksome that nothing seems to cache and articles opened in additional tabs must refresh upon switching to them, which makes the application feel rather sluggish, even though it's really not.
Overall, it would be four stars if it weren't for the subtle scam the developer is apparently running — and five if the tab/caching were rethought/rewritten.
Three years ago, I reviewed this app and gave it 5 stars. There haven't been any updates since then, and that actually makes me happy. Bug fixes are fine, and tweaking to work with iOS updates, but the developer hasn't tried to improve a simple, elegant app by adding or changing it just for the sake of issuing an update. This app does what it was meant to do--make finding and reading wikipedia articles easier and more pleasant. It does it quickly. The font and layout are attractive and make reading easier (does anyone even realize any more that sans-serif fonts actually make it harder to read print?). I can have multiple pages open as well as bookmark articles. The app works well with Evernote. I use this app more than 85-90% of the other apps on my phone. And I am grateful the developer hasn't tried to improve an app that doesn't need it.
- Sophia Teutschler
- 18.4 MB
Requires iOS 6.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish
- Age Rating
- Rated 9+ for the following:
- Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
- © 2009-2014 Sophia Teutschler
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.