Developer: Instapaper, LLC
Price: $3.99 Download on the App Store
It’s no surprise that New York based Marco Arment’s Instapaper is such a huge hit with commuters and travelers. Readers who ride the train, bus, or subways will likely find Instapaper an essential part of their daily commute or journey.
Instapaper is an extremely helpful application because of its functionality. It doesn’t depend on a connection to the Internet in order for it to work. So users never have to fear a dropped signal or spotty service when using it. You will need access to the Internet to that you can load up your favorite newspaper, magazine and blog articles before you hit the door.
Instapaper is an application that allows the user to bookmark pages on the web for viewing offline. While surfing the Internet on a full screen site users can use the Instapaper bookmark button to automatically save a text version of an article they’re interested in viewing at a later time.
The application works in conjunction with www.instapaper.com. In addition to a browser plugin, users can also log on at the Instapaper site and type or paste in urls to view at a later time.
Using Instapaper is pretty easy and doesn’t drain your battery quickly. But, just like most other utility applications that track or store something, you will have to register to use the service.
The free version of Instapaper is definitely a bargain. In fact, given its usefulness, even with a hike in price it would still be worth the functionality.
The pro version costs 9.99 and according those who already swear by the free version it's well worth it. The pro version includes features like position saving so you don’t have to start where you left off while reading a story if you’ve left the app to do something else like take a phone call. The pro version also includes tilt scrolling so that you don’t have to keep your finger glued to the screen. Users who would like to adjust their fonts to something smaller or a little bit more funky have the option of adjusting those too.
Instapaper is definitely worth a test run especially since it is free.