Pocket iPhone app helpful to RVers with erratic internet connections

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May 12, 2012

By Bob Difley

pocket_appI came across an app that, though not marketed to RVers, looked like a very usable tool for us road warriors. Since we often have trouble connecting to the internet or pass through and camp in places with spotty or no connectivity, we are often forced to read what we find of interest or useful online when we have the connection or go through elaborate ways of saving the information to read later.

The app is called Pocket and it is free for iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch, Android and Kindle Fire and was just named Apple’s “App of the Week.” The beauty of this app is that it allows us to save web content, emails, URLs, videos–whatever we find when connected–to view later when we want to or have the time, even when we don’t have an Internet connection. Once saved to Pocket, the list of content is visible on any of our devices–phone, tablet, or computer.

Travel content–what we RVers use–is a big part of how Pocket’s five million users enjoy the app. You can save online travel guides, maps, restaurant recommendations, images from places that you want to visit, campground information, hiking trail maps, and more–all to view when you don’t have an internet connection, like when you’re out in that great isolated boondocking campsite or off on a wilderness trail hike.

You can also save Twitter posts with one tap and it has a “Dark Theme” that lets people view content in dim light without disturbing anyone else around them with an overly bright display.

Pocket is available in the App Store, at Google Play (formerly the Android Marketplace), and for Kindle Fire.

Learn more at the Pocket website where there also is a video showing how it works.

For more RVing info take a look at my Healthy RV Lifestyle website and you can check out my ebooks by clicking the following links: BOONDOCKING: Finding the Perfect Campsite on America’s Public Lands (PDF or Kindle), 111 Ways to Get the Biggest Bang for your RV Lifestyle Buck (PDF or Kindle), and Snowbird Guide to Boondocking in the Southwestern Deserts (PDF or Kindle).

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  2. D. Armbrust

    I guess that stuff is good but I don’t need to be connected to everybody or everything while I am on the road. That’s why I am on the road.

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  4. Jim G

    thanks Bob; I downloaded the Ipad version, looks interesting and best of all it is free!

  5. butterbean carpenter

    Howdy Guru,
    Hey that’s really neat!! Thank you, for finding it and hyping it!!

  6. Mel Rogulski

    OR, you can buy Verizon mi-fi portable web service and receive internet any place there is a Verizon Wireless cell service and view your data in real time. Also, it is 100% secure (to you only) so you can on line bill pay with confidence. Just used this on the past 3 months travel and it worked GREAT….even can book reservations as you travel. Now that we are back home, we use this as our primary
    internet connection. Works up to 5 devices at a time. Wife has Kindle Fire; I use I POD Touch and laptop all at the same time. Works just fine. (No, I do not work for Verizon, nor am I a paid spokesperson). Just a Happy Camper.

  7. Sue Alley

    I downloaded the Pocket App a couple weeks ago and find it very useful since my husband now dominates my iPad. I should have never showed him how to use it.
    With the Pocket I can save articles, emails, etc and read them at a more convenient time. Great App! Highly recommend it.