Android First-look: WikiMobile
Bonfire Media really did a bang-up job bringing WikiMobile to Android. Just looking at the BlackBerry screenshots (apparently, it is also available as a subscription service on some AT&T and Verizon phones), the Android version is much easier on the eyes.
I'm not a huge Wikipedia fan -- I tend to trust it as far as basic time and date skeletons and for information on popular culture -- but I can't deny having found the service helpful. WikiMobile really accentuate and captilizes on those features.
When you open the program, you have five options:
Search - This is self explanatory
Random Article - This takes you to a random Wikipedia article. I could see that being a fun timewaster.
Popular - This lets you browse through various categories and then select one of the popular articles within that category. In the TV and Movies section, "Max Payne" (film), Heroes (TV Show), and Gossip Girl (TV Show) were some of the top picks.
My Bookmarks - If you come across an article you like, you can bookmark it for future reading.
More - More options. I confess, I don't remember what they were (this is a "first look" rather than a thorough review).
The "Popular" section is really interesting, because it makes it possible browse popular, and more than likely, timely, articles. Again, a nice way to waste some time.
Readability is superb. Each article is designed to fit onto one "screen" on the Android and you tap or select the "Next" button to go forwards and backwads. Additionally, you can view a Table of Contents, and select a section directly, you can view any images associated with the article in a slideshow and you can view the "mini" information that is reserved for the information box on the right hand of the Wikipedia screen on your desktop's browser.
You cannot actually edit Wikipedia pages using this program -- though you can using Android's browser -- but this was really designed as a way for people to quickly browse and read articles. It succeeds on all fronts.