upgrade broke my favorite app 1/5
Loved previous version of Pocket - probably my favorite app - but after the upgrade to version 7 offline reading no longer works for me. When I am online, it downloads articles again each time I open them. When I am offline and click on an article to open it, nothing happens. Sad! Switching to Instapaper until problem is fixed.
Bring back listening without a signal 3/5
By stop pushing it's rude
I love Pocket! But the new update makes it necessary to have cell service in order to listen to the robot read my articles. The only reason I use Pocket is so I can read and listen on the Subway, when there’s no cell service.
Please revert to how this feature worked previously!
User interface is slightly confusing 3/5
Need improvements for iPad version 1/5
When I used pocket for Android, I can tap the earphone bottom once and then I go back to the saved page while listening to the audio of this page. Since I am not from a native English speaking country, English isn't my strong suit, I can't understand audio fully, I have to be backed up by the text, so both of my listening and reading skill improve at that instance. But now, I have to omit that built-in listening feature which I dearly love, since I cannot be able to understand the audio fully without the help of seeing the text. So now I just read the saved page just like I had done four years ago, which is a shame. I know this is just a coding fix, so make it happen Pocket for your millions of international customers. You have customers who resides in various corners of the world, so never expect one size fits all solution will work, which is why Apple falls, and Huawei takes it place. Take the lesson and grow. I want to love Pocket again.
great program 5/5
I have used Pocket with several devices and it has worked perfectly on each one.
I love the voice option.
Add Option to Show in Original View only 2/5
Add an option to show in web/original view only. I like Pocket, I just don’t like how it opens in article view (even the auto mode select article view 95% of the times.) so please add an option to show in web view by default option toggle!
When is the next update? 1/5
By tommy 22's
So though I don't have an exact estimate it seems lately there have been a bunch of updates to the app in pretty quick succession since the overhaul, but without offline listening it's mostly made the app useless, I'd written a couple weeks ago about the issue and have seen multiple reviews mentioning this as an issue and there were responses saying that was an issue you're working on, but it seems like it's been longer than usual waiting for that update to come around...
Navigation issues 4/5
One of my favorite apps but the navigation and buttons are a little buggy and needs to be better
Latest version cuts off story 2/5
I love Pocket, but they keep iterating with aspects of the app that aren’t broken and messing them up. Case in point, in the latest version I can’t read all the way through an article - it seems to scroll until about 4/5 of the way through, then gets stuck there. I can pull and see more of the content, but it bounces back to the stuck point. It knows it’s not the bottom because the action bar stays hidden. STOP BREAKING FUNDAMENTAL FEATURES.
Remove feature 3/5
The scroll-back-to-top feature of the recommended articles button was removed a while back. I’d love to see it return.
A death of a great app 1/5
Audio: only online!
Before a new version: offline ok.
Support for non-English audio: removed.
Before a new version: hundreds of languages.
A tragedy. They went crazy.
Moved back to Instapaper.
Great app! 5/5
With new updates and improvements, this app keeps getting better and better! Thank you, developers!
Please add to improve experience 4/5
- “Pin” unfinished/last read article to the top of list. To often have to search / find something I was just reading
- Some sort of “prioritization” - like letting me choose a Tag to have above the main list - too often articles just get lost in the list. I have a “must read” tag but it’s tedious to get to every time
Thank Goodness for Pocket 5/5
Pocket is on the short list of apps that I use everyday.
Ok app. 3/5
My main gripe with this App is why they recommend articles that you either need to pay for or need a username and password.
Also have synching issues across different devices.
Could be better.
Simply Great 5/5
By Japan Beer Lover
Pocket is nearly perfect. Since my iPad is WiFi only, Pocket is the best way for me to save articles for later reading. It’s especially useful on trains, buses, and planes. Sometimes saved links don’t display completely or correctly, but you can relink with the original very easily, so it’s not a major problem. Five stars all the way.
Nice flow 5/5
Great flow of relatively short articles.
Killer app. I’m a regular user for many months 4/5
Extremely easy and convenient to use. No obnoxious ads. Free of charge. Compared to your average App Store app it’s easily a five.
-1 star because of one oversight: I often like to read along while listening to the audio narrator. This is not possible in the app! I have to open safari and read along there.
A top 10 app 4/5
By Aaron pdx
I have relied on Pocket ever since I discovered it. Nice integration with the desktop browser, and quality interface. Unfortunately the latest re-design has ambiguous icons and is a good deal slower to display saved items.
Great Stuff 5/5
The articles are sourced from reputable sites and come in handy when I am offline
Viewing Links Terrible User Experience 2/5
The app is great for saving and categorizing things but when I go back to view them in the app the pages never old properly. Instead I am taken to a page with HTML code displayed. In order to see the page I have to click the web view.
Best bookmarking app - period 5/5
There’s not much else to say. Pocket is the best. It’s my favorite reading app and quite possibly my favorite overall app.
It is very convenient and helpful.
Text to speech improvement 4/5
Better with the last version that is able to forward and backward to next and previous paragraphs.
And why it’s not able to read Chinese? Thank you very much!!
Dont update to the current version. 1/5
Doesnt work without an internet connection. Useless.
Will only save parts of some articles. 2/5
When you read an article from Flipboard for example, you should check what has been saved. I find articles that articles are often longer on Flipboard, but cut short in Pocket with no warnings it has done so. Try this out because if you don’t, you may be sorry to find that it is cut short. If it is cut, you can then save it in Safari’s Free Reading List. It is faster, and covers more articles. There are other free options out there as well.
This app will save articles and then read them to you. This is everything I have been looking for when I come across long articles that I would love to read but don’t have time but can listen to while driving or any legal briefs and other long winded papers that I just don’t have time to read but is very interested in the information . It turns all your articles into a podcast. I have not been this excited about an app in years. The app does not even advertise this aspect of it and it is the best part I would have gladly paid 4.99 for this feature.
By حل مشكلة الكامري
The archive tag issue has been resolved 5/5
The most recent version of this app finally restored the functionality that had been missing since the redesign.
You can now sort archived articles again by what you tagged them with. You truly don’t know what you have till it goes missing.
SO close. 3/5
When I’ve read and finished an article, I want to be able to quickly access the highlights later. The current method, particularly since I highlight a lot, makes this very difficult!
Allowing for a favorites tab at the bottom and a highlighted tab just sorted by article would be so much nicer. Just show me the articles that have highlights and let me click to see the article specific ones!
Also, once I’m done with an article, either mark it as read on my list or let me delete it without another prompt if I don’t have any highlights! Archiving is great, but then makes my highlights hard to access as well.
I love the functionality of the app however the organization of where I read and how I recall needs a lot of work.
Player experience ruined 1/5
By Corey DH
One thing I really loved about the previous version app was that you could read part of an article, get in the car and listen to part of it, get out and read some more. Now you can’t do that anymore. It treats the article like podcast, and it’s impossible to find your spot where you left off.
They could at least improve the player experience by letting you select the paragraph you were reading and start player from there.
Oh also found the player very buggy when connecting to Bluetooth in the car, it would not pick up where we previously had played, or just wasn’t playing any audio at all even though the play clock was running.
I’ll be looking for an alternative.
Great app, needs one feature 4/5
The list can get cluttered, so please add the ability to make folders.
Love the app, but getting buggy lately 3/5
I've used pocket for years and it's the best there is for reading on the internet. The only thing is, it's gotten really buggy lately. When ads show up they mess up the article list so tapping on one article might actually take you to a different one. I think the titles shift, but the links don't. Sometimes I can't open new articles I add even after they are downloaded, and I have to restart to open them. Really sad to see this great app start to go downhill.
Great reading app 5/5
Super easy to save articles using iOS and on browsers. Great reading experience. Ads don't get in the way.
Please add a dark mode that is completely black, instead of the dark grey background. At least add it as an option.
What happened to the old tap to speak :( return it ! Dissappointed :( Why the sudden change ? We can't use tap to speak in offline now.
Wonderful pocket of my reading collection 5/5
I have been using Pocket for a long time. It had become the only reading collection.
Link to Google 2/5
Google is the last company I want having anything to do with Pocket and my reading material. I don’t remember ever linking Google to Pocket yet the option exists of “unlinking” the two. Even worse, when trying to unlink I just get an error message and they stay linked. Get rid of google integration for god’s sake!
Another much needed feature: a single mass deletion/clearing of my entire archive minus anything I’ve favorited or tagged. Pocket has been annoying from Day 1 making it harder to delete an item than Archive.
Five Star App Gets 3 for Subs 2/5
By The Peab
The fact that this app went subscription was bad enough, but $44/yr.?! I don’t think so. And what makes it so frustrating is that it’s fabulous, but not $44/yr’s worth, for that it really deserves 1 star.
Still three boos for going subscription, and, the amount that you’re charging for the features that are added is most definitely not worth it. (And now, the reason you lost another star from me.) I just moved a library of links from Raindrop.io to Pocket and I think I’m sorry I did that. Two things I must have:
1) The ability to edit the titles of each item. When I’m browsing in Safari and save a URL to Pocket, it’s not unusual for the bolder title to read “Home”. I want to be able to edit that.
2) I want to be able to use Notification Badges, but for this to be useful to me, I must also be able to mark all items as read [in bulk]. I want get into why that’s important to me, but it is.
Raindrop.io has these two and very basic features. I’m currently shopping for other options, unless I hear that Pocket is going to get back in the game. Started out with a great concept, but clearly not a lot of good follow-through.
free version no pictures 3/5
Free version doesn’t show pictures from the articles.
Doesn’t Work 1/5
App failed on the very first article I tried to listen to (an insanely long New York times article that I didn’t want to read, but was more than happy to have read TO me). Got about 8 min and 20 sec into the article and then the app just stopped reading. The progress bar was still going. However, there was no sound. The app simply stopped reading and would go no further. Tried multiple times but the voice stopped reading in the exact same spot every time. FAIL. Uninstalled.
Super handy app 5/5
Still one of my favorite apps and it keeps getting better. Some of my favorite features: auto dark mode for nighttime reading, listening to articles, and highlighting text.
Pocket is such a great way to save articles and other content. Kind of like a virtual scrapbook that lets you keep anything. Makes life easier.
There’s one bug I noticed. If I select a tag from the menu, it doesn’t find any tagged articles in my archive. The easy work around is using the search feature. It brings up all tagged articles beautifully.
Horrible update 1/5
Can't read articles while listening & can't listen articles offline. Very horrible update!!!!
I request developer to bring back previous version of listening offline while reading it.
Love but have a few feature requests 4/5
By Muhammad oli
The audio reads of my articles would be way more helpful if I could read along at the same time. The reading right now sounds too unnatural for me to rely it without the accompanying text.
Secondly, I use My List as an inbox of articles I haven’t read yet and I usually tag articles before I’ve read them. Once I read an article, I archive it. I would think other people use Pocket the same way and would love if my archived articles still appeared in the tagged folders, and were simply archived form My List.
Version 7 is a disaster 1/5
New app is buggy. The UI is slow and has way too much spacing making it a headache to go through a long list. The syncing does not work and you will keep seeing the same stories reappear.
Typical case of devs having nothing to do so they screw up everything instead.
Want to read and listen at the same time 5/5
By ThantZin Lynn
I tried the app and I really love it. My favorite feature is that I can listen to the articles. It’s very helpful for someone like me who is lazy to read. But I recommend is that the reading function is not as perfect as human. So please give us an option to read in case we don’t understand some part of the listening.
Good, but it could be great 3/5
By Mike Schinkel
Pocket is a nice app and service, but i rate it Lowe because it could so easily be much better, both as an app and a web browser add-in.
Tagging is tedious; it does not remember the tags I just used, it’s suggested tags are usually so generic as to not apply, and it does not allow copy/paste of a set of tags.
Further, search by tags is far too limited, it should allow tag1 AND tag2. I even have the paid service; you’d think it would be better.
It basically feels like the Pocket team does not actually USE their own product, because I bet if they did, it would be a lot more usable.
Good, but loved the previous version more 4/5
This was a great app. I used it for years. I loved being able to not just save articles for offline reading, but to listen to longer articles & annotate & highlight to my heart’s content. With the latest update however, I can no longer have it all-at least not all at once. I can’t easily switch between listening to going straight to the text at that point to highlight a key phrase I just heard. And if I wanted to actually read instead of listen, I need to hunt for my place in the article. Maybe I’ve just been spoiled by the ease in which the old version allowed me to toggle between all these different ways to enjoy the written word. Will these features come back?
Lost two of its greatest things 1/5
I've been using Pocket for years now, and really found this last update to be horrible for my needs. I dislike the fact that you need to be online to listen to the articles, and also dislike that you can't read the article while you listen to it anymore, not to mention the great feature of highlighting each word read, which seems to be gone forever as well.
I'd like to kindly ask the dev team to bring offline reading back as well as the read and highlight feature from previous versions. That would mean the world of a difference. Thanks in advance.
Text To Speech mode is a mess 2/5
By Max Chavelev
Thank you for adding a much improved audio quality. Unfortunately modal approach to Text2Speech is a problem.
- Stories can no longer be commanded to be read from the story screen.
- Neither can it be done from a list view.
- Instead user has to enter a new mode with a new UI, stories are not presented in the same order as in the main list.
Please bring it all together.