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Most of the time I use Instapaper to bookmark a page that I want to read on my iPhone later on while I’m on the go. The service’s web app was pretty good for that task, but now it has a native app that takes it to a whole new level.
The Instapaper app, available as a free download in the Apple App Store, downloads the content you have bookmarked to your iPhone or iPod Touch so you can read it — even if you have no Internet connection whatsoever.
You might think this is pointless because of the key features of the iPhone is that you are basically always online. But lets remember, unlike the iPhone, the iPod Touch has no cellular service. That means when you are not around a Wi-Fi hotspot, you cannot access the Internet, and thus your bookmarks. Now you’ll be able to.
Lets also remember that on airplanes there is still no viable Internet solution. Now I can load the Instapaper app on my iPhone, load up a bunch of content to read later that I had saved, get on a plane and read it. Brilliant.
I once called Instapaper “beautifully simple” and this app is no different. It displays you bookmarked items on the main screen and you simply click on one to read it. Because all of the content is downloaded, it never leaves the app itself (to venture out into the World Wide Web), so it’s a very quick way to get through bookmarked items.
Also really great is that the app offers you the option of reading content as it looks on the website it’s from or simply as a text item. (See: above screenshots)
Instapaper is a side project by Marco Arment, the lead developer for the blogging site Tumblr.
Instapaper competes with other bookmarking sites such as Yahoo’s Delicious and the newer LaterLoop, but it is simpler to use than both of those. Aside from literally being one-click bookmarking, Instapaper doesn’t even require that you have a password. You can simply have a user name if you wish, or you can password-protect your bookmarks.
This application is definitely being added to my iPhone’s main screen.