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My app of the week: Pocket

Image: Pocket
(Post picture: © 2017 Pocket)

At some point I followed so many tech blogs that I couldn't read all the new articles at once. A solution had to be found because I couldn't remember all of these pages in my head. The bookmark function in Chrome on the smartphone was also out of the question for me. That's how I came to Pocket.

Structure of the app

When you download it, you quickly notice that this app is very small. With my Android smartphone, Pocket was only about 13MB in size at the beginning. Accordingly, this app is not really complex. The developers have structured their tool in five simple tabs.

These are the five tabs from Pocket (Screenshot: © 2017 TechnikNews)

My list: the heart of the app

In My list all saved articles are displayed in order to read them when the time is right. Articles can be saved by locating the option to share a link in the smartphone browser and then selecting Pocket. Then the article is sent to the app. On PC and Mac there is the option to use browser extensions. If you have used one of these options, saved links will be displayed on the Pocket website or in the mobile app, as already mentioned. That was it already. The Pocket developers also included a few things to help you organize your listprogrammed. On the one hand, you can archive or delete things you have read. On the other hand, important things can be marked with a star. You can also add tags to articles. It is also useful that you can make saved articles available offline for on the go.

Reading an article

As soon as you have selected an article, it opens in a view that is pleasant to read. Options such as changing the font size are of course on board with such an app. There were also practical features like a dark modeprogrammed, as well as the possibility to use the volume control to scroll through an open article. However, that didn't work so well for me. In addition, the wrong article was often saved when I wanted a finished test report from a device in my list. Instead, the hands-on article on the device in question was always saved to me. This was the case, for example, with the test of the Huawei Matebook E by CURVED.

A practical feature, on the other hand, is that links in an article can be opened directly in the app without any detours. This can save quite a bit of time every now and then.

Discover

It is also practical that you can find, read and optionally save articles based on your own interests directly in the app. Unfortunately, only English articles are currently shown in this selection. A feature that I've also used in some situations.

Search

In this tab you can search for articles from your own list or the archive. So nothing really special. A useful addition would have been if one could search, read and save articles here directly from the web, in order to save time here as well.

Activity

This tab shows what friends are reading and recommending to others in Pocket. You have to follow them though. You can then open these articles there and save them in your own list for later reading. Out ofproI haven't been able to beer that yet because I don't know anyone in my area who uses Pocket.

Profile

Here you can see all the articles that you have marked as recommended so that your friends can see them. I couldn't do that either for the same reasons as beforeprobeer You can also make settings for your pocket account here and find friends to follow.

Summary

I think this app is awesome. On the one hand, with this app I have exactly the solution for my above-mentioned problem Proproblem found. On the other hand, this app is structured so simply that its use does not require any kind of familiarization period. So you can start right away. Nevertheless, an update should come with which articles can be searched directly from the web. Besides, that should ProThe problem that incorrect articles with a similar topic are saved must be rectified urgently.

Pocket can be found for free in the Google Play Store and in the Apple App Store. Browser extensions are available for Chrome, Safari and Firefox on PC and Mac.

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David Haydl

David lives in Graz and has been there for around half a decade TechnikNews, also editor-in-chief for some time. He regularly provides the site with news, test reports and the like TechnikNews Weekly, which was his idea to launch. He likes to spend his free time outdoors, listening to a lot of music (and clearly too loud) and some podcasts on all kinds of topics, and also likes to go running. He enjoys the time that remains with his charming girlfriend or in front of the TV.

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