Nokia 5800 App Review: WikiPock – Carry the Wikipedia in your pocket
WikiPock derived from the keywords – Wikipedia and Pocket, as the name suggests, is a great new way to read Wikipedia articles on your phone on the go. It is a small J2ME application that installs in your Nokia 5800 and offers you the Wikipedia contents without the need of an internet connection. All the Wikipedia content is installed on your phone’s memory card in the form of a library file. This library file has over 3.2 Million Wikipedia articles. WikiPock comes with support for 22 languages – English, German, French, Polish, Dutch, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian, Swedish, Norwegian, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Catalan, Turkish, Finnish, Czech, Afrikaans, Hungarian, Romanian, Ukrainian. However, you can request for additional languages as well.
You also have the option to buy a preloaded microSDHC memory card in sizes of 8GB and 16GB. All the Wikipedia content will be preloaded on this memory card. You only need to install the WikiPock application and insert the preloaded microSDHC card in your phone. One of the shortcomings in the application is that the Wikipedia articles are limited to text and lack the images (for obvious size constraints). It would have been great if images could have been included.
WikiPock has two versions at the moment – WikiPock Basic Edition and WikiPock Plus Edition. The basic edition is not entitled to library file updates when new Wikipedia articles are added where as the plus edition gets 1 year free library updates. Since, Wikipedia contents grow every moment, even as i write this post, WikiPock Plus Edition is a right version to buy.
The WikiPock user interface is not very impressive but the functionality provided by the application compensates for it. Once the application launches, you see the search box where you can search for a desired term and the application lists all the relevant articles. All the articles that you lookup get saved to the History menu which is really helpful in case you need to revisit a particular articles later. You can see a list of libraries installed and also check for the latest application and library updates. Links appearing in the articles can be opened in the phone browser directly from the application on a single click. I would really recommend WikiPock for Nokia 5800 as a must have application because it not only helps you grow your general knowledge but also gives you important information which may be invaluable at the time you need it. WikiPock is also available for Windows Mobile, BlackBerry and Android.