While browsing your favorite websites, you may have seen the “Save To Pockets” button below or above the post content.
Do you know what Pocket is? Well, it’s an app that allows users to save web pages for offline reading and viewing on Windows, iPhone, Android, Mac and many other OS.
If you have fallen in love with a story published online on a blog or if you’ve found a useful online resource, the Pocket web app makes sure that you get easy access to the content offline or online.
Instapaper is the best alternative to the Pocket app. We’ve shared a detailed review of these two applications so that you can quickly decide which app is better of the two.
Pocket app review
Installation of the Pocket app takes less than a minute on a high-speed broadband connection. Its APK size is around 14 MB. As this service is also accessible on the browsers, the user is required to create an account on pocket before he starts saving pages for offline viewing. You can log in to Pocket with a Google account too.
This app is available for all major operating systems. You can consider it as a cross-platform service.
There are two ways to add content to Pocket. The 1st method works with all apps that support sharing of content on social networks. If you see add to pocket button anywhere in the article, just click on it. Android or IOS will open the pocket app automatically so that you can save the link for later access.
The 2nd method is straightforward. A bookmarklet will be added to your computer’s browser. To save web pages, you have to click on the bookmarklet. An extension is available for Google Chrome. A plugin is available for Mozilla Firefox too.
Pocket gives you an option to follow famous authors and editors. If you don’t want to miss out the stories published by your favorite writers, make sure that you follow them via this app.
This application offers two reading modes. You can categorize content by tagging them. Pocket allows you to mark a web page as favorite. It can read the article for you.
This app supports three color modes i.e., dark, light and sepia. It supports serif and sans-serif fonts. You can change the font size for the comfortable reading experience. If you’re not able to read the article, you can contact the support team in Pockets so that they can fix the issue.
Pocket app for Android or iPhone allows you to share articles on other social networks. It allows you to create and categorize lists or archives. Saved items will be displayed in the list along with a thumbnail.
This Read It Later app allows you to save images and videos. It has a search function too. If you have saved a lot of pictures or articles in your Pocket app account, this feature makes it easier to find them.
The Pockets app support customization. It allows users to enable or disable the page flipping effect, background syncing, LED notification alerts for new articles. It lets you choose the default storage location of your content. If you don’t want this app to use heaps of storage memory, you can set the max storage limit. There’s no option to turn off the push notifications.
The Pocket app is free to download. It has a good UI and easy to navigate modules. If you want to use additional features, a pro version is available for 4.99 USD.
The APK size of this app is approximately 25 megabytes. Instapaper doesn’t allow users to sign in with their Google account. However, it supports integration with Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinboard or Evernote.
In Instapaper, you have to create an account by entering a valid email address and password. Like the above app, you don’t have to validate your account in Instapaper.
When your Instapaper account is ready, an email will be dispatched to your inbox with setup instructions and links to the Chrome and Safari browser extensions.
Instapaper has a simple interface. This app supports arranging and archiving of saved articles, but it doesn’t support thumbnails. As in the Pockets app, you can add friends or follow people in Instapaper.
This app has a search feature, but you will have upgrade to the premium version to use it. The pricing starts at 2.99 dollars per month. The full year subscription will cost you about 29 dollars.
Instapaper app has a notes feature with which users can copy a paragraph or sentences from their favorite articles to save them for offline reading. Users are allowed to add comments to notes. You can create maximum five notes per month with the free version of Instapaper app.
This application supports six fonts. It enables you to change the text spacing in articles. You can change the size of the text in this app. Instapaper can read the web content. You can modify the reading speed.
This app recommends articles published on the leading blogs and news website. You can save videos shared on Vimeo or YouTube in Instapaper.
You can set page download limits with Instapaper. This application supports four color themes. It allows the dark mode to make readability in the night easier. It supports tilt and paginates scrolling.
Conclusion: Many major news websites support save to Pocket button. Therefore, the best “Read It Later” app is Pocket. Instapaper is a reliable service but some of the key features that you expect to be free are premium.
These two apps are best alternatives to browser bookmarks. Instead of bookmarks, use Pockets or Instapaper to save your favorite links so that you don’t have to carry your computer everywhere.