There isn’t a lot of applications for the Nokia N900 at the Ovi Store, so it’s kind of a big deal when new apps show up. The latest one I noticed is called WikiHow. It lets you access over 60,000 how-to articles on several topics. For example, I just learned how to practice proper sushi etiquette. I like what WikiHow is trying to do, but I have a couple of things to complain about their app.
WikiHow displays a random article when opened. I guarantee you the first thing users will notice is that you can’t drag the article to scroll. Instead, there’s a thin scrollbar… Yuck! You can use the arrow keys on the keyboard, which might be more convenient.
The articles themselves are very interesting and I can see myself reading plenty during a roadtrip or a long wait at the doctor’s office. The Survival Kit category might come handy in the future too. Wouldn’t you want to know how to escape from a sinking car or how to survive a long fall?
WikiHow has great content, but their application needs to work on the user interface! I mentioned above that we cannot drag an article, but I find that we can drag lists. Selecting an article from the list isn’t that obvious either. You have to double-tap.
Despite my UI complaints, the content really makes up for it. I also like that I can bookmark content for quicker access next time and also like the option to send links to articles via email.
The WikiHow application is free and available at the Ovi Store. If you don’t have a Nokia N900, you can also go to WikiHow.com to access many of the user-generated content. Check it out and let us know what you think.
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