When comparing Uber vs Instapaper, the Slant community recommends Uber for most people. In the question“What are the most useful Android phone apps?” Uber is ranked 14th while Instapaper is ranked 17th. The most important reason people chose Uber is:
UberX and UberXL are the cheapest services where driver's use their own cars. Can seat 4 or 6 people respectively. UberBlack and UberSUV are premium services with licensed drivers and cars. Can seat 4 or 6 people respectively. UberTaxi is a service that requests a taxi via the app.
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Pro Choice of 5 basic services
UberX and UberXL are the cheapest services where driver's use their own cars. Can seat 4 or 6 people respectively.
UberBlack and UberSUV are premium services with licensed drivers and cars. Can seat 4 or 6 people respectively.
UberTaxi is a service that requests a taxi via the app.
Pro Can play music in any music-enabled Uber via Spotify
Pro Drivers are vetted rigorously
Pro Insured under required commercial livery/taxi license
Pro Carpooling service can save up to 40%
Pro Generally professional drivers
Uber drivers have excellent street knowledge and well dressed (there's suggested attire for drivers).
Pro Good user interface
First time starting the app requires creating an account, confirming phone number, and adding billing info.
Each time the app is started a map is presented that allows setting a pickup location. Choice of service at the bottom. Estimated pickup time. Once that's done the app asks to confirm billing information.
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 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 Has a font designed for readers with Dyslexia
Instapaper includes Dyslexie a font that helps people with reading problems understand the text better.
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 look up words in a dictionary and Wikipedia
Pro Awesome offline mode
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 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.
Con Highly questionable business practices
Uber often takes part in ethically questionable business practices such as purposefully sabotaging competitors by ordering and canceling rides in bulk, pushing questionable auto loans to drivers, selectively spying on customers and ignoring regulations.
Con High surge pricing
During busy hours, Uber raises prices drastically. On holidays, it isn't uncommon for 10 minute rides to cost around $150 USD. An increase of up to 800%. Also, Uber doesn't pro-actively notify users of surge pricing.
Con Became a paid service again
Most functions became premium.
Con Tags not implemented
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.