I have to hand it to the folks at OpenMoko. The small company in Taipei says it creates “products that reflect the evolving perspective of our values and the experiences we share together.” Their latest reflection is a handheld device with one and only purpose — put the entire content of Wikipedia in your hand. The $99 WikiReader offers instant on capability and runs for months on a pair of AAA batteries. Wikipedia entries appear on the monochome touchscreen for your reading pleasure, but don’t expect to update any articles with your own content — there’s no interface to enter text, nor is there connectivity for any updates. Since the Wikipedia is constantly changing with new information, you can get updates via quarterly microSD cards, but that will cost you $29 annually. If you’re comfy with a 4+GB download, you can save the annual fee and pull the updates direct from the WikiReader site.
For cheating on Jeopardy! or the latest history test at school, the WikiReader might come in handy. But for now, I’ll stick with my phone and the real, live Wikipedia. Check Amazon for availability if you want the world’s biggest encyclopedia in your pocket.