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Instapaper comes a bit late to the read-it-later apps party for Android

June 4, 2012

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.