Instapaper V Pocket v2

After more than 6 months of trying both products side-by-side for my article reading needs/wants. Here are a few of my main take-aways:

  • Reading things on my Kindle isn’t the end-all-be-all
  • Being able to sign-in or link accounts to a platform is nearly more important than stripping ads for me now
  • Curated articles are almost always things I don’t care about from either platform
  • The current Pocket eco-system is something I find easier
    • Mainly because I’m been using it more
    • From the pocket home page, I’m easily able to edit my list
    • I can easily send things to other pocket users from within the app
    • Once I log in via my browser of choice to my various platforms I’m good to go I don’t have to resign in
      • Instapaper seems to have fixed this but I do have to usually log-in on a weekly basis. Where in Pocket its based on my personal browser settings so if I haven’t cleared cookies I’m logged in.
    • Sponsored content within Pocket is clearly marked.
  • Deleting items from my Pocket list is easier and can be done en masse
    • On the website in Instapaper (unless I’m missing something) its a one-by-one process. I tend to save 5-15 articles per day while I’m working. Someone sends me something or I browse for a few minutes during my break and I save it for later after work. Then after work, I’ll see what I’ve got and if I really want to read it. I’m probably getting rid of half of the stuff I saved from earlier.
  • Send to Kindle is a hassle regardless of the platform
    • Now with Instapaper its a premium feature so I’m not interested right there
    • To do it via pocket there are a few workarounds but also not easy and sometimes the articles are formatted in a really wonky fashion. Kindle needs to solve this on their end if its going to be a truly viable option. Till then I’ll read my articles in night-mode on my phone or tablet and just use the Kindle for books.
  • The sources that I’m going to have improved their in-app reading experience to the point where I’m using Pocket/Instapaper a lot less
    • I use the Athletic, NYTs, and WaPo for most of the things I read. All three of these have acceptable reading interfaces now.
    • The Athletic’s app is how it should be everywhere.
    • NYT is pretty good
    • WaPo has made leaps in the past 12-months but still is slightly below average UI experience via the App

Currently I think I am going to step away from Instapaper. If they bring back the premium for free I’ll look at it again. For now Pocket has won my read-it-later business.

2 Replies to “Instapaper V Pocket v2”

  1. Thank you for the follow up. I’ve decided to stick with Pocket as well. Now I’m trying to decide if I should do the premium service or free.

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    1. I’ve been on it for a long time. I roll the free version. I think it comes down to how much content you take down. Personally I’d invest the premium investment into better content access.

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