When your favorite research tool starts to feel tiresomely mundane, you need an app like V for Wikipedia to spice it up!
Everybody loves Wikipedia!
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Well, its hard to blame you if you are bored stiff reading from the same old Plain Jane template every time. However uninteresting its presentation style, Wikipedia is packed with so much useful information it is impossible to replace.
Thankfully, you don’t have to use Wikipedia in its uninteresting format on your iPhone. V for Wikipedia is a eye-catching app that transforms the way you consume data in Wikipedia.
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V for Wikipedia is Designed for Stylish Reading
One of the first things that catch your eye when you open up V for Wikipedia is the colorful UI. Bright reddish highlights and sleek thumbnails with a hazy overlay delight the senses. Big, bold and beautiful fonts showcase what or who the world is reading about.
Tap on a story and you’ll see a big fancy picture (if available) followed by all the relevant details. But drag the picture down and you can get a bigger, better view of it – all in HD resolution. Hit the menu bar at the bottom of the article and you’ll see a nice fancy Table of Contents listing well formatted headings and sub headings.
One more eye catching feature is Places Nearby. That last tab on the app lets you connect your location on a map so you can quickly find Wikipedia articles related to places of interest near you. The map itself looks quite eye-catching with a red circle pulsating your location.
On the map are different colored markers indicating the places of interest that carry a Wiki article. These markers have long gracefully winding curves that link to small scroll-able thumbnails stacked horizontally at the bottom of the screen.
When you click on a marker, it gets highlighted along with the thumbnail. The whole mapping style is artistically done and makes for a very cool user experience. You can pan around the map to check out nearby areas and you can tap the map to change the search location. Smooth animations and great visualization add to its appeal.
This fascinating map feature in V for Wikipedia lets you enjoy reading fun stuff about places near you on Wiki. I never ever thought to look up nearby places on Wikipedia before. The app deserves a big applause for coming up with this creative way to experience places near you.
I’ve been dwelling on the design aspect too long so I’m going to move on to other things.
Not before mentioning that the app has won some really cool awards including German Design Award Gold 2017.
One other thing!
There’s a Dark mode in the app and I totally love it! It is just a little tricky to find it though. Head inside a post, hit the Share button, select Fonts & Colors and select Dark! This one’s so much better than the default White theme.
Now on to the more serious stuff.
Does V for Wiki deliver when it comes to bookmarking and finding stuff?
It does and does it remarkably well!
The first tab on the app lists all the popular stories people around the world are reading. If you want to look for something specific, hit up the Search button at the top of the app and enter your keyword. Search doesn’t just look inside Wikipedia, it also helps you find articles you searched previously, browsed recently or bookmarked for reading later.
The search results themselves feature a thumbnail image along with text. The rich article previews are so eye-catching, you tend to linger longer and bookmark other interesting searches for reading later too!
A better way to search the app is to use voice commands. Just say the words and instant search results are populated. I found that to be way better than typing long complex words.
When it comes to the article layout itself, the content is easily readable and you can adjust the font to a larger size too, if you prefer. Just pinch and zoom on the article to bring up the contextual menu to adjust the size. The side menu is also perfectly placed to quickly navigate a long winding post. Citation links and footnotes also pop up nicely at the bottom of the screen so you don’t have to scroll up and down when reading.
BOOKMARK & HISTORY
If you want to bookmark something for reading later, just tap on the Bookmark icon and it will all get added to the Bookmarks tab, which is the third tab on the app. If you want to check out all your previous Wiki searches and articles you read, they will be available in Tab 2, the History tab.
V for Wikipedia also supports multiple languages so if you want your search to be in more than one language, you don’t have to do a web search. Everything is taken care of nicely inside the app itself. Tap EN at the top of the screen and select all your preferred reading languages.
Again, everything is super easy to find with simple one-tap actions offering everything you want in a platter – a beautiful platter.
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As far as the images go, they are all in high resolution and load only right before you view them. A nice feature that saves you bandwidth. If you’re checking out table content, you’ll appreciate how nicely they are shrunk to fit the screen without compromising on readability.
If you want to do some Wikipedia editing, you have an option inside the Share icon and if you want to play Wikipedia’s esoteric media file formats, VLC integration makes that possible too!
Sharing an interesting piece of content in V for Wikipedia is super easy as well. If you own an iPhone that supports 3D Touch, you can take advantage of the feature to preview articles too!
V for Wikipedia runs on iPad, iPhone, and Apple Watch. If you love using the app on your iPhone, you can enjoy all its rich features on any additional Apple device you own as well.
Wikipedia can really be information overload. If you want to enjoy a wonderful reading and Wikipedia exploring experience, I highly recommend V for Wikipedia. This is definitely a worthy addition to my premium app collection and one I know I’m going to enjoy using for a long time to come.
A big thanks to Frank for graciously offering us review codes for V for Wikipedia! Its been a pleasure to review the app Frank! Thank You!
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