When comparing IFTTT vs Instapaper, the Slant community recommends IFTTT for most people. In the question“What are the most useful Android phone apps?” IFTTT is ranked 17th while Instapaper is ranked 19th.
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Pro Extremely simple
While this app can complete complex tasks, it is very easy to use.
Pro Annotation tools
Allows leaving notes attached to articles and highlighting certain part of the text. Free version of the app is limited to 5 highlights a month.
Allows for pagination, not just scrolling.
Pro Can be set to switch to dark mode based on time of day
Instapaper includes a dark theme and allows switching to it after a set period in time or gradually over the course of the day.
Pro Has a font designed for readers with Dyslexia
Instapaper includes Dyslexie a font that helps people with reading problems understand the text better.
Pro Excellent typography choices
Instapaper allows you to choose from 14 different fonts, some of which have been designed specifically for the application. You can manually adjust spacing between lines, padding around text and font size to fit your preferences.
Pro Includes optional social features
If you set your Instapaper profile to be public, your friends will be able to see articles you've liked.
Pro Articles can be emailed to Instapaper
You can add articles to Instapaper by sending them to a unique email address associated with your account.
Pro Rarely seen organization options
In addition to allowing you to sort articles by when you saved them, you can also order articles by length or read progress and popularity.
Pro Allows listening to articles
Instapaper comes with a build in text-to-speech feature that will read out loud articles. Premium version of the app allows creating playlists.
Pro Can playback inline video
Instapaper will play videos from YouTube, Vimeo and other sources that are embedded in articles, but you have to be online for playback to work.
Pro Can look up words in a dictionary and Wikipedia
Con Recipes aren't guaranteed to work
Sometimes recipes don't work as expected, or fail to launch completely.
Con Limits only one action per trigger
Instead of allowing users to have a large amount of actions launch based off of one trigger, the limit is only 1:1.
Con Only supports English
It only supports English, and not Chinese, Japanese, and Korean languages.
Con Search functions return random articles
The search function is very slow and does not provide accurate results. The user can not filter or reorder the search results, or search the archive or annotated articles.
Con Embedded images and videos are sometimes ignored
Instapaper sometimes saves articles without images or videos.