Pocket has been around for a long time – before it was called Pocket, this app went by the name Read It Later. That gives you a clue as to what it does: Pocket is a repository for things you come across on the web that you really want to spend some time looking at, but you can’t spare the time at that moment.
You save individual items and then, erm, read them later – even when you are no longer connected to the Internet. The ability to get to stuff offline makes Pocket a great companion because whatever you’re storing with it is always there when you want it. One of the reasons the app’s name changed was that it is not just about reading – you can save video, too.
There are Pocket apps for Android and the iPhone, plus it runs in your web browser so you can access it on other mobile platforms and your laptop, and if you have a Kobo you can use it there too. If you install Pocket on a number of different devices it will, of course, synchronise across the lot. And there’s a social element too – you can send stuff to a friend’s Pocket and share using Facebook, Twitter and email.
OS: Android, iOS