Pocket is the companion app for the web service by the same name which has become popular among web-browsers for its ability to save content for later.
Most of my friends know I have both the attention span and memory of a cashew. I often find myself perusing the web, mentally tagging articles in my head that I want to read when I have a spare minute or two. More often than not however, those articles go unread.
Pocket is a brilliant app that allows me to not only save articles later for offline viewing, but also makes reading them more enjoyable with it’s clean text-only view.
Pocket is beautifully designed to match the asthetics of iOS7. Upon loading the application, your content is clearly laid our in a timeline view that allows your to easily identify what you’ve marked to read later. Your “feed” can also be broken down to specific content types such as: articles, videos and images.
Opening an link shows you the content without any filler. Reading an article without any unnecessary images or ads is by far the best way to consume web content — so much so that it makes reading in mobile Safari some what of a chore.
Part of the fun of reading new content on the web is being able to share it with your friends. Pocket gives you a plethora ways of sharing content by integrating with the most popular web services including: Twitter, Facebook, Evernote, OmniFocus, Buffer and much more.
Adding new content to Pocket is easy with the abundance of plug-ins available online. Pocket integrates with all of the common web browsers (even though you have to use a dated “read later” plug-in for Safari). On top of that, Pocket is also supported by many 3rd-party Twitter applications on iOS.
For anyone struggling with reading/watching all the content they find on the web: Pocket is the fix to your problem. As the web continues to grow and mature, Pocket will continue to develop. I expect Pocket to be the default ‘read-later’ service for many years to come.