Wikipanion (Free): Navigating Wikipedia on the iPhone is rough. There’s so much text and none of it is formatted for the iPhone’s small screen. However, there are ways around that limitation. One such way is the free Wikipanion app. Wikipanion crams all the features of the website into a very intuitive package, allowing users to bookmark articles, search within pages and hide unnecessary languages from results. Users also get a table of contents browser so they always know where they are within a page. Forget about using the site to look up the Thundercats – use Wikipanion.
Pulse News Mini (Free): RSS feed readers come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but they all follow the same formula: a list of sources that leads to a list of stories. Pulse News Mini takes an approach from way out in left field and compiles a visual grid of 20 of your favorite news sources. Tap a story and read it from within the app, or send it to Safari for an expanded view. You can also share your favorite stories through your own “pulse” feed, creating an RSS source for your friends to follow and enjoy. This is definitely a fun and new way to enjoy the news you read every day.
NPR News (Free): Everyone’s favorite analyst-firing news organization has its own app on the iPhone, providing access to a vast amount of information in an incredibly small package. Catch up on the day’s headlines in print, then listen to some stories from the news desk’s archives. Dig a particular show, like All Things Considered or Fresh Air? You can listen to past episodes in streaming podcast form, or bookmark a specific show so you never miss an episode.
NYTimes (Free): They’ve been around forever and they’re the last word in old school journalism. The app from the New York Times gives you the important headlines of the day, as well as your favorite columnists, like Paul Krugman and Maureen Dowd. Search for specific articles or take a look at what’s popular among readers right now. Find something you like? Save it to your Saved Articles folder and read it later. You can even peruse the weekly publications, like the New York Times Magazine. It’s a full newspaper on a 3-inch screen and it’s a hell of a lot easier to carry than that pile of dead trees they sell on the corner.
Reeder ($2.99): Reeder is a minimal, but very robust Google Reader-oriented feed reader. Its brown and beige motif is easy on the eyes and its built-in gesture controls make navigating your feeds easy as can be. Swipe left to star an article, swipe right to mark it as read. Tap through and you’re presented with a slide-up menu of different services to which you can send a single article, such as an e-mail address, Instapaper, or share it among your Google Reader subscribers. You’ll never want to touch Google Reader again after using Reeder as your primary RSS organizer.
CNN App for iPhone (Free): The first name in 24-hour news is now…just another news app for the iPhone, but one with a lot to offer. Check out the daily headlines, contribute an iReport or watch breaking news video right on your iPhone. You can also catch local weather and news info without having to go to a separate app, then share your favorite stories with your followers on Twitter and Facebook. The CNN App for iPhone is a truly well-rounded news experience for mobile devices.
HuffingtonPost.com (Free): Yes, Arianna Huffington is everywhere these days – as a guest on various talk shows, giving talks across the country and even voicing a cartoon bear on Sunday nights. However, now she can reside in your pocket thanks to the Huffington Post iPhone application. Access all the content you love from your favorite guest bloggers, as well as the day’s important headlines. When you find something interesting, comment on it or share it with your social networking buddies from right within the app.
CNBC Real-Time (Free): Watch the markets as they rise and (often) fall with this slick app from the folks at CNBC. You’ll be able to view live, up-to-the-second stock quotes throughout the day and track them on real-time and historical interactive charts. In addition to the multitude of NYSE and NASDAQ information available, you can also watch CNBC video from the U.S., Europe and Asia, keeping you up-to-date on all the money news you can handle.
Instapaper ($4.99): Take your favorite articles from any site with you using Instapaper for the iPhone and iPad. This universal app stores longer pieces for easier reading later by stripping out the unnecessary elements from their original pages, including ads and unassociated images. Store similar articles in designated folders, or archive your favorites so you don’t have to go searching for them online later. As with most other news-oriented apps, you can share your articles with others via Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr. However, the biggest feature of Instapaper is its offline mode – download your articles to the device before you leave the house and they’re with you wherever you go.