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April 19, 2012 / carlispina

Collect Content To Read On The Go With Pocket

Pocket LogoWhile I had heard of Read It Later many times before, I hadn’t tried it out. So, when I heard that it relaunched earlier this week with a new look and under the name Pocket, it seemed like a good time to try it out. The idea behind the tool is simple but extremely useful. Pocket collects content, including articles, videos and images, from almost any source for reading later while offline or on a different device. While other tools aim for similar functionality, I find that Pocket stands out because of it is generally so easy to use and is compatible with so many different devices, applications, and types of content. Users can add content to their Pocket account by emailing links to a specified email address, adding a bookmarklet to their desktop or mobile browser or by collecting content directly from any one of over 280 applications.

Once you have collected content, it can be read on any device with the Pocket app installed on it or through which you can log into Pocket in a browser. To increase battery life, Pocket apps can be set up to only sync when there is a ¬†wireless connection, but if battery life isn’t a concern, Pocket can also sync over a 3G or 4G connection. I have found that content generally loads quite quickly with Pocket and the display in both the app and the browser-based tool is very clear and attractive. Once content is loaded on a Pocket account, you can change the font size or appearance or change the background color to make it easier to read. As your collection builds, you can also sort content, search through it and favorite articles that you particularly enjoy. The only drawback I have found so far with Pocket is that I haven’t been able to set up my Twitter app to save links directly to my Pocket account, but other than that I have found it very straightforward to send content to my Pocket account. For people with multiple devices who want to save and read content seamlessly across sources and devices, Pocket is definitely worth a try.


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