So you like Wikipedia, but you'd prefer it tailored to better fit your admittedly tremendous sense of style? — well that's Viki, a lovely looking Wikipedia reader from developer Raureif that filters all of your wiki-stuffs through a cheese cloth of refinement.
In tones of charcoal, off white, and faded orange, Viki handles your Wikipedia search needs with aplomb, offering rich search term previews, smartly styled article views, bookmarking, and a history of previous searches. But that's only one half of Viki — the other half is "Nearby", an insanely sexy reimagining of Wikipedia's "Nearby Articles" in where relevant Wikipedia articles are displayed on a map relative to your GPS position. This is not original ground, Tamper's Inquire app (our thoughts on that app soon) has trekked here before, but not nearly as smartly as Viki has.
I also like that developer Raureif has considered the details with Viki:
- 3D Touch quick action icon shortcuts to access search and "Nearby."
- A convenient share extension for searches of selected text from other apps.
- Viki is a universal app, with Split View and Slide Over supported on the iPad.
- Viki also includes a Watch app, with access to both of its key services, search and nearby, and their function and response aren't immediately anguish inducing.
Where Viki falls short of the Wikipedia app (which we've recently reviewed), and to some degree of Inquire, is discovery. Viki doesn't do featured articles, or suggestions based on previous searches, or even trending articles. Viki is all about active engagement, and that's totally fine depending on your usage. For me — half the fun is what I don't know, what I can't know — and Wikipedia, in its latest iteration, offers that (perhaps too much of that). If that's not you, and I suspect that very well may be a majority of you, an attractive veneer, handy share extension, and slick "Nearby" feature might make Viki the better wiki.
Viki requires iOS 9.0 or later and is compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Viki is a universal app and includes an app for the Apple Watch.