The Good Pocket has a sleek design, offline caching, and unparalleled compatibility across platforms and with other third-party apps.
The Bad There's no way to reorder items in your Pocket list.
The Bottom Line Better than Instapaper and other competitors, Pocket is the app to beat when it comes to bookmarking and managing links.
Best bookmark manager for Android
Editors' note: This review was updated November 21, 2013, to cover features added in the latest version.
Formerly known as Read It Later, Pocket is a short-term bookmarking app that syncs across all of your devices. With it, you can put lengthy articles or videos away and queue them up for reading and watching later, no matter where you are. We tend to use it on our commutes, because you can access most of your saved items without an Internet connection. With Pocket, the transition between different devices is seamless, which is why it's one of our favorite productivity apps on the market.
Once you've signed up for a required Pocket account, saving items to your list is simple. Whether you're reading an article in a browser or watching a video in the YouTube app, just hit menu and use Android's share function to save the page to Pocket. Once items are saved, you can access them at any time from your Pocket list. They are even automatically cached for offline access (videos excluded). From the Settings menu, you can choose to cache either full Web pages or stripped-down versions, which show only words, images, captions, and video links from an article. We prefer letting Pocket choose which version to save, based on the type of content, since the app usually chooses the best view possible. It's these types of thoughtful options that make Pocket such an incredibly convenient app to have.
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