We discover stuff online throughout the day, and sometimes we don’t have time to read or look at things right when we find them.
Instapaper and Pocket allow you to easily save them for later, when you do have time, so you don’t just forget about them or skim through them.
How to decide which one to use? This article gives a good overview of the strengths and weaknesses of both. I prefer Instapaper for its bare bones look and its ability to make notes and highlights within an article but Pocket does better with videos and other media.
Getting ready to use Pocket
Getting Ready to Use Instapaper
Now that you've downloaded Instapaper to your device you should install enable your device to upload links to Instapaper.
Sometimes the upload icon doesn't work. You can also send articles to Instapaper via email by adding Instapaper to your contacts.
Now you're ready to start using Instapaper. Let's say you come across and interesting article on the web, either on your device or your computer. Upload it to Instapaper you can save that article to read later. Even better, Instapaper will reformat it so that it displays better for reading on your device.
As an example, go to this page and use the upload button . You should see a listing for Instapaper in your options Use that and the article will be saved to the Instapaper app. Go to your Instapaper app and you should see the article.
From there you can read it or you can share it with other apps. Use the upload button at the bottom right Just to see what it does, try sharing the article with Evernote.
The great thing about Instapaper is that you can use it from any device and it will sync. So if you have something to Instapaper on your computer browswer, when you open Instapaper on your device you'll see it there. The other great thing is that the articles are available off-line.
One of the unique features of Instapaper is your ability to take notes and highlight items and access a dictionary and wikipedia from within the app. Take a look at these screen shots.
You can add items to folders in Instapaper to make things easier to find.