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Posted by on Oct 30, 2012 in Mobile |

Instapaper vs. Readability vs. Pocket

Instapaper vs.  Readability vs.  Pocket

Much of what I read comes through a screen and are usually articles or texts that I find throughout the day while looking for information. Maybe that’s why I’m always careful to try new tools that let me sort, save and read these texts better, and after using and Readability, wanted to try to compare and choose the best, or see if it’s time to change . Let one by one.


Instapaper from the beginning was never only as a reader but as a simple tool to save web pages and all those interesting articles you see all day and need a place to put in and read them when you have a moment. The great advantage of Instapaper was something that did not attract too much attention, because it was his simplicity and clarity. Instapaper had no great ambitions, but simply doing one thing well: keep those items and show them to you later.

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As good application of this type, has add-ons in order to save interesting articles wherever you find them, and from the different browsers. Also the option to install a button so you can view the items as text only. From the website you can make a printable text, or lower format items. Mobi (Kindle) and ePUB.

There are apps for iPhone and iPad, Android and Kindle, and integrates with many applications, news readers, Twitter clients and others. It also has a bookmark from GReader and NetNewsWire to send posts to Instapaper directly from there. We can also set it up so that all unread items saved automatically go to our Kindle.

The iPhone app is equally simple, but sometimes I feel it takes too long to load the items and I need to be more flexible. The iPad app looks great and personally I find it very comfortable to read, but I do not use it much. I used Instapaper for quite a long time and I never thought it would change but now I feel that some things simply fail, others are not stored well and finally I am here looking for other alternatives.

  • I Like: Integration with other applications, clean design.
  • Dislikes missing renewed, sometimes slow sorry


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Designed as a reader of web pages, where you could customize text size and margins to make reading more comfortable onscreen, Readability also save these articles to read later, just as Instapaper. To make the task more comfortable, with add-ons to add to all browsers and applications for iPhone, iPad and Android, as well as a mobile website to enjoy a good experience on any device.

It is also integrated some apps that include a button or function to send the contents from there to our account: Reeder, Pulse, Flipboard, Longform, iCab and Early Edition 2, but less than the other two services and this can be a great disadvantage for those who use other applications that is not integrated.

In its Top Reads tab we have a selection that is reading a magazine with other users being saved, and we filter through the last 24 hours, last 7 days or last hour.

Allows sending texts to Kindle (previously authorizing our Amazon account). On seeing an article that we save, the add-on allows three options: Read now, making access a preview, only text and pictures, without advertising and with possibilities to change the text size, colors and sources, getting a much clearer vision for reading. We can convert the links in footnotes-very useful when you need printed texts, or remove the photos. You can also share it via Facebook, Twitter or email, with options to transform into ePUB, send or print Kindle from there), or Read Later (save it for when we want to access our readings).

The iPhone app is very fluid and easy to use, the display offers five types of sources and were not complicated elegant with more options than white or black. Work with movements slides sideways and also allows 3 options from each read: save your favorites, archive and delete. It takes a little time to load if you have many files, but you can turn this off from there and re-download your Reading List anytime avalible.

The add-ons seem very helpful until we realize that they are available for Mobile Safari and Android browsers. In the iPad app store items are displayed as on its original site, there is a custom display. For me this takes away some points to the iPad app.

  • I like: web design and web preview to read comfortably
  • Dislikes the Top Reads are scarce, there is no more material, which is limited in some mobile browsers, which are few applications that are integrated.


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The old Read It Later has undergone a transformation that has swept even his name. Pocket just launched its app for OS X, in addition to their other free applications for their platforms, their extensions of all known browsers and his integration over 120 apps, to use from each.

In its Web version allows viewing our items saved as a list or as a grid type magazine, and can also filter content by location, title, tags and more or less old. There is a selector for type of content: text, video and photos.

The iPhone app follows the same format and offers the same options. For me it is the best iPhone app of these three, or more useful to me and has proved very effective gestural function to display options and manage each article title, without opening it, where we can label, mark as read or favorites, delete and share via social networks, email or send to Evernote. If the iPhone app is good, the iPad is even better. Very similar in design and function the same but more adapted to the screen, with a choice of viewing Pocket or the original site on the screen.

  • I like: ease of use, efficiency, identity between versions for different devices
  • Dislike: That does not show a selection of readings from my contacts or other users

My reading texts and activities with a large percentage runs as I move, travel or wait, so first I look great on mobile versions of the app you choose and certainly in this sense Pocket has covered very well my expectations. The service has everything you need: integration with many other programs that use, view the article in plain text with pictures but with the option of the original site if I need to check something, and good design for photos, so these days I’m staying with Pocket.

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