Pocket Review: The Love of My Life

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“When you find something you want to view later, put it in Pocket.”

Okay, so I was in the mood to review an app that I knew would be totally good. I’ve had some disappointments in the past, but this is an app that I use on a daily basis and am totally obsessed with.

I noticed that I had been scrolling past so many articles on Twitter that I wish I had time to read. Twitter holds such a huge wealth of information and I felt as if I wasn’t using it to its fullest potential. I was just reading a bunch of headlines and never actually taking the time to delve into the information. So I tweeted this, and got a life-changing suggestion from Chris.

I checked out the app and thought it was awesome! Basically it’s a virtual pocket that lets you store articles and whatnot until you have time to read it later.

My favorite feature of it is the consistency between platforms. There’s a mobile app, but there’s also a desktop client. They stay synchronized pretty perfectly and I probably add an even amount of links to my Pocket from mobile and desktop.

Any tweet with a link in it gets the pocket button added after favorite. All you have to do is click it and it gets saved to your account.Screen Shot 2014-06-10 at 9.33.40 AM

And on mobile, you just have to hold down on any link and “save to pocket” is an option.

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And then when you finally have time, you can go to the app or the website and go through the articles you’ve saved!

You can tag things for different sorting options. You can delete things when you’re done reading them, or archive them. I like the archive option because if I’m trying to remember an article I’ve read, I can go check there. There’s a nice search function to find articles.

A great feature of the mobile app is when you have a URL on your clipboard and you open the app, it asks if you want to add it to your Pocket. No copy and pasting!

Alright, two tiny criticisms that don’t really get in the way of my user experience in a big way. First, the sharing from within the app to social media doesn’t work great. I usually end up sharing articles from the tweet button on their pages.

Second, when you first open an article it tries to get you to read it in Pocket – but I usually end up clicking “view original.” The Pocket reader doesn’t give the best layout and I prefer to see the article on its original website. So that’s slightly annoying, but I’m glad that the view original feature is offered. It’s one extra click that I don’t mind.

Edit: Pocket actually notified me via Twitter that you don’t have to go right to the Pocket reader.

Mobile site: I use it a lot, almost a little more than the mobile site. It’s great. A very visual layout. It arranges the articles you save as little tiles with images.

Free: Yep!

Availability: EVERYWHERE. App Store, Google Play Store, Mac App Store – basically any device you could want.

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Original content: Nope, you just save other content to it.

Push notifications: None, I don’t really see why you’d need any.

Simplicity: Super simple, once you get it configured. I was a little worried at first, but

Recommend to: Everyone! But seriously, I’d recommend this to people who like to read a lot online and/or use Twitter a lot. Twitter is the main place where I save articles from. It helps me not miss a single thing I want to read.

Score out of 10: 10/10. This app accomplishes everything it strives to do. I honestly don’t have any way I think it needs be majorly improved. It’s been incredibly useful and effective for me.

Verdict: Keeping until the day I die.

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