Pocket app, formerly Read It Later

Dewey Kang and Guest Author Jack Higgins discuss the features of the brand new revamped Read It Later Pro service, rebranded as “Pocket”.

How many websites do you visit per day? Whether it be for work, research or simply getting in touch with friends, an average individual browses through 2,646 websites per month, which comes out to an average of 94 websites per day.

It’s inevitable that you stumble across a number of websites that you’d rather not e-mail to yourself or share on Facebook; however would like to stash it somewhere so you could read it later. Here’s where ‘read it later’ services come in. Popular services such as Instapaper and Read It Later has been in operation for several years, serving millions with the ability to create a virtual sandbox to collect all our internet content in the cloud.

Read It Later recently launched a completely rebranded update to its service, Pocket, removing the paid ‘Pro’ version of the service while adding a number of significant upgrades to the service.

 

Introducing Pocket, formerly known as Read It Later Pro

Pocket lets users easily create a reading list of articles. When you come across something you want to read but don’t have the time, you can use this application to hold on to that article for later. As you find articles, you add it to your Pocket queue, something you can do from any number of applications, as read it now also has desktop and web applications that you could use as well.

The chief philosophy behind Pocket is offering users the convenience of accessing and storing web content from anywhere – literally. The Pocket app is currently available for all iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch), Android, Kindle Fire, Windows Mobile, WebOS, s60, and Blackberry.

Pocket app, formerly Read It Later, compatible devices and platforms

 

How it works

Interestingly enough, you’re not limited to storing just articles on Pocket. 40% of the items saved with Pocket are media contents such as videos and images, as well as to-do lists, travel tips and recipes. The limits are endless on what you could and cannot save for easy access for later viewing on Pocket.

There are a number of ways that you could conveniently save web content on Pocket:

  • Bookmark button (Bookmarklet) that allows you to simply ‘click’ on the Pocket bookmark to save content directly to your account.
    Pocket app Save on Browser
  • Google Chrome Browser Extension that could easily be installed on your Chrome browser that you could simply ‘click’ on the icon to save contents – what I use and works brilliantly.
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  • Save and view from any device. Compatible with iOS, Android, Kindle Fire as well as Windows Mobile, WebOS, s60 and Blackberry as well as on your computer, access your saved contents virtually everywhere!
    Pocket app, access from any devices
  •  Email Items to your Queue. Simply e-mail the link to add@getpocket.com and voila, your contents are saved on the cloud.
    Pocket app email submission
  • Integration with 300+ apps. Use Twitter, Reeder, Pulse, Flipboard, Tweetbot, Zite and more? Here’s a full list of 300+ apps that have Pocket services built-in.
    Pocket app Share and save with your favorite apps

In many ways, the Pocket app works well. Articles that were added through my web browser and the associated web application instantly appeared on the reading list on my Android device. To read the articles, I simply had to tap the title in the reading list; then I could read a mobile-optimized version of the article, complete with images. Adding and deleting links is a breeze with Pocket, especially with the beautiful new design that Pocket developers implemented with this rebranding upgrade.

 

How about Instapaper?

Pocket vs Instapaper

Here’s the million dollar question – so which bookmarking/content storage service do you use?

I personally have been using Evernote and Instapaper for a while now and definitely would vouch for the superb services that they offer. Instapaper always had a simple and slick feel to the general experience. However with the launch of Pocket my preference has shifted completely over to Pocket.

What really won me over was the overall design and user experience of the web, iOS and Android apps. I highly recommend that you try it out – you’ll immediately fall in love. Instapaper does have its simplistic appeal to it but Pocket’s concept is refined and intuitive, kinda has a Pinterest feel to it, personally.

Chrome extension for Pocket. Not every day am I impressed with extensions for a web service but I was clearly impressed with the speed that Pocket stored the contents. Both Evernote and Instapaper has their respective Chrome extensions but I always found myself waiting out for the services to catch up. For Pocket, no waiting. ‘Click’ and move on.

Introducing Pocket from Pocket on Vimeo.

 

Final Thoughts

Read It Later Pro certainly was worth the $3 and Pocket certainly brought a whole new game to the field, offering more features, free of charge. It would be interesting to see what Instapaper has hidden under its sleeves. I certainly see myself using the Pocket much more than I do with Instapaper and Instapaper would have to bring out something ‘much’ better to win my heart back.

 

Available on the App Store

Google Play

Amazon App Store

 

This article was written as a collaborative effort by Dewey Kang and Guest Author Jack Hickins who is an Android expert and guest blogger, interested in new technologies, registry cleaner and music.