Pocket for Android Review
Sometimes, there is a situation when you catch an interesting headline on the Internet. However, due to less time that you have for office break, some of you decide to skip it and when you already go home from your office, you forget to URL of the article. Well, you don’t have to be trapped in such situation anymore. Thanks to the creator of “Read it Later”, we now have an Android app that allow you to save, not on link, but text, images, and even video, of a web page on your device!
The app is called as Pocket. Instead of creating bookmark of specific URL. Pocket also capture image, video, and text from an Internet page and convert it into an article that match your phone’s resolution and interface. Interested to find out more about this app? Then you should read my complete review below.
When it comes to user interface, latest Pocket app is now feature ultra clean UI. I really appreciate the fact that the developer decide to leave the eye-hurting yellow and black color base that they use three years ago. Now, Pocket use flat approach in designing their UI, instead of working heavily on ultra shades, glossy buttons, drop down shadows, and something like that.
Your saved article is currently categorized according to it’s content, video, image, and article. The app allow you to login using your Read it Later account (FYI Read it Later is similar Firefox Plugin that invented by the same developer as Pocket and released for similar purpose). Once you do that, you can start to save article and images. It doesn’t matter if you save any video file from Vimeo, YouTube, or else, Pocket will be able to filter these video and categorized them in different sections.
If you want to reveal more settings and menu on Pocket, all you have to do is tap on the branding logo on top. You will be able to access basic navigation buttons like home, favorites, archive, options, and help. I think that it is fit in perfectly with current Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich status bar and UI. Some of my friends who use iOS also agree that this is an important feature on iOS.
Now, it’s time to talk about reading experience. In the “reading” section, you will see some buttons like force refresh and next article toggle. Got video on your article? Well, Pocket will view a special video player window that can be expanded to full screen mode. If you point your fingers into some words or link, you should be able to find out the meaning of that words or view the article through it’s original URL. Make your eyes comfortable by adjusting the text justification, brightness level, or turn on the night mode. If you love to share any article that you currently read to your friends, there is a special share button that allow you to post your reading content to Facebook, Evernote, or Email.
Overall, Pocket for Android is a good reading app. I love the fact that it is currently available for free. Not to mention that it also has an incredible satisfying performance. UI was clean and i can use it with my old Read it Later account. However, there is still some space to grow. I really appreciate if the developer include support for more social network website, ability to change font type (rather than switch back and forth between sans serif and serif), and put better code lines filtering function.
Interested to use Pocket for Android? Then you should point your browser here guys.