Call me a nerd, but whenever I am unsure about something, I immediately do a quick Google search to find the information I need. If there is one thing I’ve learned, is that you can always find the answer on the internet. However, sometimes googling is not the best way to find information as it can take time to sort through the results to find what you need. So, I decided to do some research to find the best encyclopedia apps I could use on my phone to quickly find information on any topic. After searching through different websites, I came across a handy site called AppGrooves that has a top 10 list of the best encyclopedia apps.
I tested some of the apps and selected my top 4 favorites. I grouped them into two categories, depending on what you are looking for. My first group is great for managing articles and saving favorites to access quickly later. My second group is great for accessing information offline, so you can find the information you need even without an internet connection.
Best Encyclopedia & Atlas Apps for Saving Favorite Content
When searching for information online, it is common to find more than one article that is relevant to the topic you are interested in. However, without an easy way to organize and manage relevant articles, keeping track of dozens of articles can be overwhelming and downright confusing. So, to make things easier, the first group of apps I selected allows you to save favorite articles and organize them to access them easily later.
Apps: Bible Encyclopedia (Android), WikiLinks (iOS)
My first pick is Bible Encyclopedia for Android. I found it to be a great choice if you want to learn and understand the Bible, as you can find definitions for practically any word in the Bible with historical information on its use. You can also save references and definitions to access them quickly later. While this is a great choice for finding information on Bible verses and topics, it is not the best choice if you are interested in information on other topics. If you are looking for information on medical topics, for example, I would recommend my third pick, WikiMed.
My second pick is WikiLinks for iOS. I particularly liked how easy it is to find information on any topic, as the library pulls from a variety of sources including Wikipedia, YouTube and more. I also found the interface to be really intuitive as you can easily view related articles using a 2D mind map. Another plus I found is that you can preview an article without opening it, so you don’t have to jump back and forth between articles. The bookmarking feature is also really useful as you can save articles to read later without leaving the page you are working on. It took me a few minutes to get used to the navigation system, as you need to tap on article links twice in order to open the full article. However, I found it to be a good safeguard against tapping away from an article by mistake.
Encyclopedia & Atlas Apps for Accessing Information Offline
Although you can find information online on virtually any topic, the wealth of information can quickly become inaccessible if you don’t have a steady internet connection. No need to worry, as there is a quick fix to work around those situations. My second group of encyclopedia apps enables you to download articles to your phone, so you can access any information you need even when you are offline.
Apps: WikiMed (Android), Wikipanion (iOS)
My third pick is WikiMed for Android. I found it to be a great choice if you are looking for any type of medical information. You can find information on any topic including anatomy, disease, medication and more. What I really like about it is that you can download the information to your phone to read offline. Just keep in mind that you need approximately 1GB of free memory on your phone to download the complete medical library.
My fourth pick is Wikipanion Plus for iOS. I particularly like the variety of tools for reading, managing and organizing articles, as it helps streamline the process of researching information. With just a tap you can add articles to a queue, so they are downloaded in the background while you keep browsing. You can also bookmark them to read later if you don’t want to download them to your phone. I did notice that the more articles I downloaded, the longer Wikipanion would take to load. However, the difference was just a few extra seconds of load time after downloading possibly over 30 articles. So, not too bad!
So these are my favourites ones. Just in case you need more apps filled with knowledge I’ll share the link to the list I used to find the apps. It never hurts to have more options for finding knowledge.
If you find yourself searching for information online frequently, then make sure you download any of these encyclopedia apps. Instead of spending time sorting through Google results, these apps will bring you the most up to date information from a variety of sources including Encyclopedia Britannica, Encyclopedia Dramatica and more. I hope you find them as useful as I do in your research endeavours. Happy learning!