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Pocket for iOS is a worthy Instapaper competitor

Joel Mathis | April 30, 2013
Marco Arment's Instapaper has long been the go-to offering for readers who want to save web articles for later reading on an iOS device in their free time--in large part because it arrived so soon after the iPhone was introduced, and because it was so groundbreaking at the time.

Finally, both services offer some tools that let users organize their reading: Instapaper lets you create folders, while Pocket uses a tagging system. Unless you have a strong preference, this category is a wash.

Bottom line

Overall, this means that the competition between the two apps is something of a draw. In most aspects, Pocket is not necessarily better than Instapaper, except for in one area--it makes the visual experience of saving and reading articles more enjoyable, which is no small feat. The newcomer holds its own against the grizzled veteran.

 

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