Read It Later Pro for iPhone review
Read It Later – available in a Pro and free lite version – lets you save web pages to read later. The app downloads entire pages, so you can read them while offline. That’s a great feature before a long flight or for iPod touch owners who expect to be offline for a while. When you’re reading content on the device, you can choose to read the current online version, the cached page, or a text-only cached version.
Not every feature is quite as nuanced. Clicking links within an article in Read It Later brings up two options – Open Link In Safari and Read Link Later. A Read Right Now option would be good. Reading the linked page in Safari means exiting Read It Later, which seems unnecessary. Once you mark an article as read, it’s moved to your Recently Read list.
Another option, available only in the Pro version, is called Tap to Save. On a page loaded with links you access the ‘bookmarklet’ and any links you tap on that page are added to your Read It Later list. This is the Pro version’s killer feature. When you have the time to read a lot of web pages on the iPhone, Mobile Safari doesn’t make it easy to open several links in multiple tabs. But using this bookmarklet lets you queue up everything you’d like to read within the Read It Later app, making surfing a lot easier.
None of the other Pro features are as compelling: Fullscreen mode is frustrating because getting the navigation bar to reappear is complicated. Automark as Read would be a solid feature, but the app hides all read content. Disabling rotation, showing your unread count on the app’s icon, and sharing pages from your list on sites like Twitter aren’t groundbreaking. If you don’t need Tap to Save stick with Read It Later Free.