By Red Rome Logic
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Kiwi delivers Wikipedia for the iPhone and iPod touch as never before. Quickly and easily search the vast store of Wikipedia knowledge all in a clean, well designed user interface that takes full advantage of your mobile device.
• Keep track of recently visited Wikipedia pages
• Mark your favorite pages
• Save pages locally so you can read later offline
• Email links to your friends
What's New in Version 1.0.1
• Bugfix only release
• Fixed title rendering when html elements are present
• Progress indicator when downloading and parsing files
• Icon renders properly in 2.1
• Improved stability
The best wikipedia app IMHO
I would give it 4.5 stars if I could but chose to err to the dev's benefit because this app gets little recognition or exposure despite the fact that it is has a full feature set (including the ability to store individual pages offline), great interface, and is pretty quick compared to the others. I would knock off the half star because I am not that impressed with the dev's updates to the app. There are areas due for improvement, such as speed and stability (this applies to most apps) , etc. Its nice to store a static version of wikipedia for offline viewing but the 2gb of data, lack of updates (article text as of last update to 2gb file), and lack of support for images makes a non-static wikipedia app w/ the ability to store pages offline, like kiwi, the clear choice.
Good Start, Not Enough
It's a savvy idea: offer an iPhone-optimized interface to Wikipedia, to keep both network usage and wasted interface space to a minimum. And Kiwi does a pretty good job of it. Unfortunately, there are flaws which effectively undo all its usefulness. First, page-anchor links don't work as intended; if you're reading an article, and you click an item in the article's Table Of Contents, rather than jump down to that section, Kiwi reloads the entire page and *then* jumps to that section, rendering page anchors downright useless. Second, it simply doesn't feel as fast as one would hope an "optimized Wikipedia" would feel. I'm not sure if it's screen-scraping Wikipedia or plugging into an API, but it feels more like the former. If the dev can make this a better experience than simply visiting Wikipedia in Mobile Safari, then it'll be a nice app to have. For now, avoid.
My Most Used App
Kiwi does an outstanding job reformatting Wikipedia entries for the iPod Touch/iPhone. Its ability to save pages for offline viewing is particularly handy for me, as I have an iPod Touch, so I can't always find a wireless access point. The app's only problem is that exploring links within articles can be a real problem. Kiwi doesn't save where the user is at on the page, so if the user tries to follow a link within a long article, going back to the original article can require a lot of scrolling and rereading to find one's place again.