Lost In Mobile

Shaun McGill

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Lost In Mobile is the continuation of PDA-247 which, under various names, provided news, reviews and commentary on the mobile world for 10 years.

I have been writing about the mobile industry, mobile products, apps and everything else in between and beyond for more than 10 years, and currently write freelance for Imagine Publishing and also undertake one-off projects upon request.

I welcome your comments and thoughts and if you want to get in touch, please do so via the email address or phone number above.

Thanks for stopping by.

Shaun McGill

From Instapaper to Pocket: I never thought it would happen

One of my staple mobile apps has been Instapaper for a long, long time. Every day I send articles to it and every day I read those saved articles.

And then I tried Pocket, an app from a developer that has never held as much kudos for me as Marco Arment and his flagship app. I listen to Marco’s podcast, Build and Analyze, every week and have always understood and appreciated where he is coming from with his software. Instapaper is a classic Mac / iOS app and looks fantastic. It is reliable and does exactly what it needs to do.

The problem is that a few minutes with Pocket showed me another way. I can't explain what it is about the presentation, apart from one of the fonts which is sublime, but everything about it feels different and more agnostic in terms of the platform it runs on. It does not feel like an iOS app or an Android app. It feels like an app all of its own and that is why I made the jump.

Part of me feels bad because I feel like I know Marco from his blog and the podcasts, but sometimes you just have to look at an app and judge it on merit alone.