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App Monday: Pocket Review

Published by on Jun 11th, 2012, No Comments

Do you ever find something you want to look at or read, but have no time, and want to store it for later? Most of us do, every day, on Twitter streams, while browsing and so on. If this happens to you, that’s fine, just put it in your Pocket.

Pocket, which was previously called Read It Later, is a simple, but very effective app on iPhone, Android, Kindle Fire and also on your browser, which stores those things you want to read or look at later. By easily adding links, pictures and other things into the Pocket app, when you’re in the queue at the bank or riding the bus home, you can retrieve them and take your time.

It’s perfect for most of us – rushing through information is far worse than keeping some of it for later when we can properly absorb it.

In fact, Pocket stores the info you store to it in such a way that you can even view everything while your phone is offline. Naturally this doesn’t bode well if you have people commenting on threads, and also pictures are often excluded from the offline links. When online, one can refresh the Pocket reader page, and also choose a browser view instead of the Pocket reader view. Even though most of us are online almost all the time nowadays, when you’re not, this comes in handy.

With a sleek design and super fast, Pocket downloads at 5.65MB (on Android) and has numerous standard functions, such as sharing what you store, organizing it, ticking it off, refreshing and filtering. Most often after reading something interesting, people share this via email, Twitter or other channels. iPhone and Android screens load well and look good, and it would be interesting to see these on the Kindle Fire.

Lots of people mention other storing apps, such as Evernote, but these focus on other functions, whereas Pocket’s main focus as an app is simply to be a “pocket” for things you pick up along your digital browsing experience. It’s so easy to use and so efficient, sits directly on your phonetop and barely uses any phone battery.

In conclusion, for what it aims to do, Pocket is a winner. If you need other functions on things you store, such as being able to make notes, draw things or so on, you’ll need an app with a more intricate solution.

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