Dictionaries, encyclopedia, language translators and medical information, trivia, currency conversion, calculators, wine vintages, html tag reference. Measurements conversion (Imperial and Metric, Celsius and Fahrenheit, etc.)
Arithmetic, Loan Amortization, Units Conversion, Currency, Body Mass Index, Calories Burned, Pregnancy Due Date calculators. Currency and units of measure (Imperial - Metric, etc.) converters.
Travelers phrase books and mobile sites providing machine translation between two or more langages.
Wikipedia's official mobile site. How does it compare with Wapedia, my favorite Wikipedia mobile front end?
Both have a simple homepage dominated by a search box, not unlike what you see when you visit Wikipedia on a PC. Wikipedia Mobile gets points though for including the classic Wikipedia "puzzle globe" Iogo on the front page.
For a real test, I tried looking up "Tokyo" on both sites. The Wikipedia Tokyo page is big (814 KB) with many images and some double byte Japanese characters. It's a tough test for mobile front ends.
Both sites were up to the task of displaying the Wikipedia Tokyo page on mobile devices. Pages were split and images resized so that everything fit both with into physical screen dimensions and the memory limits of a variety of handsets. The double byte characters were passed though unaltered, they look like gobbledygook on most western handsets but will display correctly on phones with Japanese language support.
Overall I preferred Wapedia's presentation Some of the original page's content was missing in Wikipedia Mobile. Particularly noticeable was that the first few words of the article were missing so that the piece started with a comma! (2nd image) A table near the top of the page listing Tokyo's population, area, symbol, flower and other basic facts also did not appear in the Wikipedia Mobile version of the page.
Another thing I liked about Wapedia is that it has a more fine-grained algorithm for spliting pages and resizing images. Wikipedia resizes all images to a maximum of 128 px regardless of the phone's actual screen size, Wapedia alters maximum image width anywhere from 91px wide for the Nokia 6230 to 310 px wide for the iPhone or G1 which is certainly desirable unless you like squinting at tiny pictures. The same is true of pagination, Wikipedia Mobile uses two fixed pagination sizes, the Tokyo page is split into either 30 pages for WML-only phones or 18 pages for modern devices. Wapedia dynamically adjusts page size to fit handset memory. The N95 sees the Tokyo article in 9 pages while an old wml-only Motorola i85 gets 60 much smaller pages. Not only is Wapedia more likely to work on low memory phones but it's a lot faster and less annoying to press "Next..." nine times than 18 on a more capable phone.
One advantage of Wikipedia Mobile is that it's ad free, Wapedia has advertising, although it's pretty minimalistic, just a single text link at the top of each page. I hardly notice the ads, but if the thought of advertising on Wikipedia content bothers you, try Wikipedia Mobile.
Personally I plan on continuing to use Wapedia. But it's good to have alternative ways to get at Wikipedia's great content from handheld devices.
Wapedia has a very fine-grained algorithm for splitting pages and resizing images. It sets maximum image width to anywhere from 91px wide for the Nokia 6230 to 310 px wide for the iPhone or G1. The same is true of pagination. Wapedia dynamically adjusts page size to fit handset memory. The N95 gets Wikipedia's huge Tokyo article as 9 pages while the old wml-only Motorola i85 gets 60 much smaller pages.Wapedia has advertising, although it's pretty minimalistic, just a single text link at the top of each page. I hardly notice the ads, but if the thought of advertising on Wikipedia content bothers you, try Wikipedia Mobile.
The Taptu folks, who also own Wapedia, the best mobile version of Wikipedia, have apparently mobilized a bunch of other wikis and launched Wikizap, a wiki directory. It features mobile versions of such weird and wacky wikis as the Muppet Wiki, Wookieepedia, the Harry Potter Wiki and NFL, hockey and baseball wiki. And that's just of few of the mobile wikis on Wikizap. There are over 30 wikis in all on the site in English, German, French, Spanish, Italian and Japanese. Source: Oh! Mobile Directory
The US government's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)'s innovative mobile site now allows disaster victims apply for FEMA assistance using their mobile phone.
FEMA's mobile site also provides information on emergency services in regions affected by a disaster and has general information on what you should do in the event of a hurricane, flood, tornado, earthquake, terrorist attack, thunderstorm, tsunami, wildfire or severe winter storm. Source: Federal Eye
Find the perfect name for a your new baby. This mobile site has a lot of features. You can:
- Enter a name to view its meaning, language of origin, languages of use, rank in the top 500 names and name variants.
- List all names starting with a letter or letters
- List the most popular names for girls and boys in the US or England/Wales
- Generate 140 or 160 charchter name blurbs for Twitter or SMS
Not to be outdone by WikiPedia, the venerable Encyclopedia Britannica now has a mobile site. The search works well and the well written articles cover most topics in considerable depth and are nicely organized for mobile with navigational links to sections of the longer articles.Content seems a little on the thin side though. I couldn't find many of the topics I searched for including "Nokia", "nonogram" and "PHP", all of which have extensive entries in Wikipedia. Source Taptu Touch Web Report (PDF).
Published by a British NGO, TheSite is a guide to life for 16-24 year-olds, offering advice on sex, relationships, health, drink and drugs, the Law, money, work, study and Travel plus a searchable directory of local help and support agencies. Source: dotMobi
Fuelly is an online auto fuel consumption site and social network for car owners interested in tracking their fuel consumption, comparing it with other drivers and viewing real world fuel economy figures for various makes and models of cars. The mobile site is strictly for recording fill-ups. To use it you must first register at www.fuelly.com, a PC site that is also usable with most smartphones. Source: Tappity
Want to find out what GAAP, HIPA and ARMS-PCR stand for? This no-nonsense site will tell you in seconds. Look up any acronym and get the words it stands for.
Android, iPhone, iPad and WebOS webapp displays the current time in every timezone in the world on a single large page. Works offline using the HTML5 Offline Storage API.
Today In History
Do It Yourself...or Not
Melissa is an online database of US demographic information. Enter a zip code to get information (location, population, number of businesses, average home price, etc.) . Other searches validate a mailing address and get general location information (not a reverse directory search) about a phone number or area code.
Quote of the Day and searchable database of over 30,000 quotes and sayings from history's greatest celebrities, authors and statemen.
A website devoted to doing things the best way possible. It features any eclectic collection of articles. The majority of articles are on computer science and programing topics but their are also recipes and articles on topics as varied Ultimate Frisbee and parking etiquette.
The CIA World Factbook is a comprehensive reference document containing statistical information and brief descriptions of the history, geography, economy and politics of every country in the world. Considering its authorship, this site's comments on politics and current issues should not be considered unbiased. On the other hand, it is one of best sources of statistical and geographic information on the mobile web. This mobile version was created by the University of Missouri-St. Louis
The White House
WhiteHouse.gov is the official web site for the White House and President Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States. This site is a source for information about the President, White House news and policies, White House history, and the federal government. Source: Oh! Mobile Directory
USGovXML usgovxml.com/mobile USGovXML is a collection of mobile mashups based on web and mapping services provided by the US government. There's a huge amount of information available using these tools which include the following services:
- Gazetteer: A geographic dictionary that provides latitude and longitude information for many places throughout the U.S..
- Proximity: Find the distance to the nearest wetland with map.
- Elevation: Provides the elevation of a particular point and a map.
- Station: Shows water quality monitoring stations within a geographic area on a map.
- CO-OPS: Tide, current, water level and other coastal oceanographic information.
- NDFD: Extremely detailed weather forecast data from the National Weather Service’s digital forecast database.
- UV Index: Predicts the next day’s ultraviolet radiation levels.
- Web Tools: Zip code lookup, address verification and the determination of which city is in a particular zip code.
- SBSS: Returns a firm's 8(a), HUB Zone and SDB certification status from the Small Business Administration's database.
The site is optimized for Mobile Internet Explorer but is usable in other full-web mobile web browsers including Opera Mobile and Mini, Webkit and Safari.
Memidex is another free online dictionary and thesaurus with a large word list, cross-referencing, inflections, auto-correction of misspelled input and an adult filter.
Tiger Tank Mobile
For military history buffs, here's a site dedicated to the history and preservation of the sole remaining working example of the WWII German Tiger Tank.
Another HTML5 mobile web application from servletsuite.com. It's full screen blinking phone. Select a color and the full screen flashes with that color. Works with iPhone, Android, bada, WebOS, Opera Mobile 10+, etc.. Suggested uses include; flash-mob organizer, voting tool and hailing a taxi at night.
FactCheck.org is a non-partisan, non-profit project from the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania. It researches and debunks false claims made by U.S. politicians and political action groups in campaign materials, speeches and in promoting legislation.
FactCheck has played a significant role in recent U.S.elections. In the 2008 presential campaign Factcheck.org flagged multiple falsehoods by both candidates, including Obama's statement that McCain's Social Security proposal would cut retiree benefits by 50% and McCain's claim that Obama lied about his association with anti-war activist Bill Ayers.
FactCheck is available in a mobile formatted version at factcheck.org/mobile/. I like that virtually all the desktop site's content is available in the mobile edition. However, the size of the pages (the homepage is 151 KB) means the site will not load on most non-smartphones. In spite of the increasing popularity of iPhones, BlackBerries and other devices with full web browsers, only 37.3% of U.S. mobile web page requests come from smartphones. Devices like the venerable Motorola RAZR V3 or MetroPCS' entry-level Nokia 1006 account for significant amounts of traffic and can not handle pages much over 20 KB. Given that FactCheck.org's content is mainly text it shouldn't have been very hard for the site's designers to follow the example of news sites like CNN, the BBC and even small town newspapers like the Elmira NY Star-Gazette and built a mobile site that could accommodate all browsers.