6 Read-It-Later Apps for Commuters

Weekly Smartphone App Roundup

Pin it button

Who needs newspapers? Tweetbot, Zite, Pulse, and FlipBoard all feed me headlines from online sources like Huffington Post or Lifehacker on a daily basis to enjoy during my morning commute, or to read later from the comfort of home at the end of the day. Here are 6 apps recommended for the daily commuter looking to enjoy online content, whether en route or relaxing at home.

iOS

Pin it button

Left: Pocket - Right: Readability

Pocket
Formely known as Read It Later, Pocket has evolved into an efficient and beautiful service designed to save links efficiently. What I love most about Pocket is it's compatible with many other apps that I already use, including Pulse, Zite, Tweetbot and Flipboard. Each of those have a 'save for later' function that sends links directly to the Pocket app. Everything can be synced across devices for enjoyment later, including my iPad. Free - Also available for Android

Readability
While it may not have a flashy interface, I recommend Readability for its support for sharing across multiple devices, alongside its simplified and easy to read format. Adding articles and posts to a Readability account works with apps like PulseFlipboard, Reeder, LongformEarly Edition for iPad, popular Twitter clients, browser bookmarks, and even e-mail. The Readability lists can be accessed on Android devices, desktop browser, or even on the Kindle, making Readibility truly cross platform. Free - Also available for Android - Equivalent for Windows Phone

Android

Pin it button

Left: EverWebClipper - Right: Google Chrome

EverWebClipper
Evernote is a popular note taking service, versatile for a myriad of tasks, and works especially well as an inspiration board for web pages. EverWebClipper lets users do what used to only be available via the desktop version, adding the option to keep web links to an Evernote account. Saving options vary from just the web link, a section of the web page with graphics, or text only. $3

Chrome
Google's own browser is tightly knit with their own cloud services. When I'm on the go and online, I use Google Chrome to save bookmarks knowing they'll be synced across all of my devices. My favorite feature: I love being able to access the very same tabs I have open on my smartphone on my laptop or tablet, making any change over to another device seamless. Free - Also available for iOS

Windows Phone

Pin it button

Left: Nextgen Reader - Right: Tumblr

Nextgen Reader
My RSS feed is a personally curated list of websites and sources I like to keep a close watch on. Nextgen Reader transforms this list with a beautiful interface that is easy to sift through for new updates; its Live Tile function means I don't have to open the app to refresh every time. Also built into the app is synchronization compatibility with services like PocketReadability, and Instapaper to save pages I'd like to have for offline reading or later reference. $2

Tumblr
Tumblr, Yahoo's recently purchased social network, can also be used as a sharing and links discovery platform covering a wide range of topics. People who follow me can see the links I share regarding photography, tech news, artwork, and more. Saving a web page is as easy as copying and pasting into a new post, or using the repost option from a post from my feed. I use my activity or favorited history to revisit sources. Free - Also available for iOS / Android

(Images:  l i g h t p o e t/Shutterstock; as linked above)

4 Comments