April 7, 2010
Articles for iPad is essentially the same as the iPhone app, just with iPad-optimized pages, more conveniently placed controls, and the beloved popovers. The app still pulls all of Wikipedia's information and places it neatly in optimized pages, saves all of your previously viewed pages for offline viewing, allows you to add and manage bookmarks, view random articles, change languages, and basically everything else the iPhone version is able to do. It does lack the "pull page down to lock orientation" feature, but that's intentional since the iPad has a physical switch for that. If you haven't experience Articles yet, it's necessary to point out that it is filled with small touches that can and do get overlooked, such as the ability to double-tap and hold on a page to display its chapter index. Tapping on the status bar will scroll back to the search bar. Pinching and pulling on a page will change the text size. And finally, tapping and holding on a link will open an article in a new page. If you have been enjoying Articles on your iPhone, Articles for iPad will no doubt please, especially for $.99. Seriously, it's a great deal. The iPhone version costs $2.99!