iPhone apps of the week

This week's apps include a useful language translator you can use to e-mail distant relatives and an app for better viewing of Wikipedia on your iPhone or iPod Touch.


You may have noticed a trend in my iPhone apps of the week posts: I mostly download games. To offer a little balance to my posts, this week I have a couple of useful iPhone apps that aren't just for when you want to waste some time. Both are free so you can take advantage of these useful tools right away.

Free Translator
Preview the results before hitting the send e-mail button. (Credit: CNET Networks)

Free Translator is a language translator that lets you send e-mails in different languages. The concept is fairly simple: choose a source language, choose a target language, and then hit translate. When you're finished, you can send the translated message via e-mail--great if you have non-English-speaking relatives living in another country. Free Translator can translate between 31 languages. Like all software translators, your mileage may vary as far as accuracy, so try to keep it simple and most likely the recipient will be able to understand what you're trying to say.

Browse Wikipedia easily with this app that's perfectly formatted for the iPhone. (Credit: CNET Networks)

Wikiamo makes Wikipedia a much better experience on the iPhone because it automatically formats the screen for easy readability. It offers forward and back buttons for quick navigation between pages you've already visited and the ability to create and use bookmarks for info you want to save. You also get your viewing history to go back to favorite pages, and Wikiamo caches pages so you can view them even when you're not connected. I think my favorite feature is the contents button, which sends you immediately to the table of contents so you can get the specific information about your selected subject immediately.

What's your most useful downloaded iPhone app? Got a good game for me to try? Let me know in the comments!

About Jason Parker

Jason Parker has been at CNET for more than 13 years. He is the Senior Editor in charge iOS software and has become an expert reviewer of the software that runs on each new Apple device. He now spends most of his time covering Apple iOS releases and third-party apps.