Sometimes it can be hard to stay on top of a huge load or information coming from the web. We’ve all got a certain number of websites that we visit on a daily basis, simply to stay informed about the current trends and events. This is where some of those “read later” services could come in handy, since they are designed to automatically download ad-free versions of articles from the websites of your choice. This way you can always check for new and interesting articles, and most important, these services usually work on OSX and iOS as well, so you can start reading while working on your Mac, and finish an article on your iPad, for example.
We already reviewed several very popular “read later” services and apps, but in this article we are going to tell you about an iOS app which enhances those services in a very interesting way. This app is called Readtime, and could be purchased for $2. Currently, only iPhone-compatible version is available.
Readtime uses two of the most popular “read later” services to retrieve your own personalized articles, and it uses a certain algorithm that allows you to choose how much free time you’ve got, so it can serve you a proper length articles. This all sounds very interesting in theory, so we were eager to see how this app works in practice.
Once you open Readtime for the first time, you’ll get to add your own Pocket and Readability accounts. Those are the only two services available at the moment, and I guess that many users will be happy with this choice, but I would really like to see expanded list of available services in the next update. Now once you’ve logged-in with your credentials, Readtime will download a list of articles, which will be done in the background. What you’re going to see is a red dial, which is used to set the amount of available time to read an article. You can make 1-minute increments by tapping and holding this dial, or if you only tap, it will automatically add 5-minute increments.
Bellow this nicely and simplistically designed dial you’ll see two buttons, which are “Short Articles” and “All Articles”. This is how you can choose to read several small articles in 30 minutes, for example, or if you’d like to read one or two long articles. In practice, this feature produced the same results no matter which button I choose. I guess this could work if you’ve got a huge number of articles, so Readtime could choose the correct ones, but anyway this requires a bit more tweaking.
At the end, it all comes down to how functional and helpful Readtime actually is. And I can say that it can be really helpful, and works very well. Its algorithm is doing a very good job of calculating how much time a certain articles requires, which is the primary role of this app. Some small interface adjustments are necessary, and an iPad version as well.