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Wikipedia is one of those services that’s incredibly valuable to me. I’ve been using it for so long that it feels seminal to my experiences on the Internet — although I know I’ve been online longer than Wikipedia has, I don’t remember a time when Wikipedia wasn’t around. (Maybe that just means I’m too young.)

I’m always on the hunt for new Wikipedia apps. The service has an interface that, while it works on mobile displays, it could certainly benefit from the native UI and experience that an app could bring. This is why I was so interested in checking out Wikipanion Plus. It’s the first Wikipedia app to get an iOS 7 design, and I wanted to see what I was missing out on. Read on to find out what I think about the popular Wikipedia app.

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At $4.99, Articles is by far the most expensive Wikipedia option in the App Store. I approached it with a little bit of trepidation and a lot of doubt, wondering why on earth I would want to spend that kind of money on what’s basically a Wikipedia app. Up until this point, like many people I’m sure, I was using Wikipanion for my Wikipedia needs, which is great but I think that Articles is way better.

Articles is more or less a special interface for Wikipedia articles. The interface espouses a different philosophy than its competition. Articles is meant for long-form reading and learning, and it feels to me like the Instapaper or Pocket of Wikipedia. I’ve been looking for an app like this – one that treats Wikipedia like a real encyclopedia that should be read and enjoyed. And this app more than does the trick.

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There is a lot of content out there on the Web, huge swathes of fascinating and engaging content. The problem has become locating the good stuff amidst all the noise. The trend for pumping out fluffy content really quickly has been growing and it’s becoming increasingly more difficult to find those truly good, in-depth pieces. They’re out there somewhere. You just need a little help finding them.

Longform is an iPad application that attempts to help you to discover just that, long form content. Not only that, Longform provides you with a very nice place to read those pieces along with handy features for sharing and utilizing your other services. Let’s take a look at this app and do some reading!

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Since the release of the iPad there has been a dearth of decent weather apps. Apple decided not to build one themselves, thus leaving the door wide open for someone to make a gorgeous and unmissable weather app – but this didn’t really happen…

Weather HD was an early addition to the App Store and has some great plus points; it looks great and makes full use of photography on the iPad. But there was a catch, it lacked the actual information that you want from a weather app, making it enjoyable but somewhat redundant. More recently Aelios has come along and made a strong statement with its interface, and given the weather category a shot in the arm, but it lacks simplicity in its execution and certainly isn’t everyone’s idea of perfection.

Fear not, there is a new kid on the block. Magical Weather is a simple, yet powerful, weather app that I believe exemplifies what looking up weather should be like on the iPad! Read on to find out more…

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While it may surprise some, it certainly surprised me, since acquiring an iPad I have actually found myself reading more. Not simply more articles and short newsflashes, although I tend to read a lot of both of these, but more long-form articles and essays; pieces of writing that engage with you on a deeper level and challenge your perceptions.

One of the iPad apps that has had a dramatic influence on this trend is the wonderful Instapaper, which is synonymous with reading longer articles offline. Another, more recent, influencer of my reading habits has been Palimpsest, which presents you with a personalized stream of interesting articles from renowned sources.

Read on to find out whether Palimpsest could be the perfect app to augment reading on your iPad, and a way to break free from the incessant brevity that’s prevalent on the web.

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Here at AppStorm we have a varied array of article types, this is in the hope that we can give you something interesting and diverse to read every week! Everyone has a slightly different taste, some prefer longer, more in-depth reviews, while others prefer snappy opinion pieces that get you thinking.

I’d love to know what type of post is your absolute favourite to read? iPad.AppStorm has been live for around three months and we have already gathered an awesome readership, here is your chance to help shape the growth of the site.

Before I finish it’s worth noting that I have purposefully left off two key posts; Polls and Competitions. This is mainly because I want to focus on the meat of the site, the true substance. Polls are great, a beautiful way to interact, but don’t really take much effort to read – and regarding competitions, who doesn’t like to win things?

Get involved here and tell me what your favourite article to read is and, if you’d like to, why?

Any comments or ideas are totally welcome, we’re all friends here – if you’d really like to see more of something, simply leave a note. Personally, I’m fascinated to see the outcome of this one!

One of our writers here at iPad.AppStorm is currently writing a travel-based series of articles that go through the process of turning your iPad into the perfect travelling companion. His inspiration is taken straight from the creative imagination of Douglas Adams, the iPad is as close as we’ve yet come to having in our hands the long dreamed about Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.

How does the iPad compare with the guide on the functionality front? What are the services and apps that make the iPad indispensable?

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