Instapaper, one of the major players in the read-it-later apps space, just made an appearance on Google Play. Coming a little late to the party, it’s quite interesting that Marco Arment, the app’s developer, decided to make the app available for a fee. The decision is surprising, since you can grab similar apps, like Pocket (previously Read It Later) for free, which makes Instapaper come off as a bit pricey.
But maybe that’s just me. Some of you might find it perfectly reasonable to spend $2.99 for Instapaper, and I won’t prevent you from spending your own money.
That said, here’s a quick round-up of what Instapaper for Android allows you to do:
- save most web pages as text only
- read without distraction by allowing you to focus on content
- read pages you’ve saved offline
- adjust reading fonts, text sizes, line spacing and margins
- read on dark mode and adjust brightness control when reading at night
- switches to dark mode automatically
- organize folders
- share via web browser
- lock rotation
- download up to 500 articles on your Android phone or tablet
And if you are really interested in getting this app, The Verge made a hands-on video when they were given preview access to the app. Their verdict? – Instapaper for Android is not as good as the iOS version, but is better than other read-it-later third party apps.