Squirrel is a stellar new Pocket app for Windows Phone 8

Pocket is by far one of our favorite services on the web. We’ve covered a handful of third-party Pocket apps and apps that have Pocket integration in the past. It’s a great service that sadly doesn’t have an official app on Windows Phone or Windows 8 yet, but when apps like Squirrel come to the scene it’s hard to imagine what more an official app could really bring to the table. Squirrel is brand new to the Windows Phone Store and it’s a great client for Pocket. Let’s check it out.

Pocket is a tool that lets you save articles for offline reading. There are clients on all major platforms and many apps have ways to save articles to your Pocket account. Our very own Windows Phone app, WPCentral, was just updated to version 4.4 with a support for PocketWP. This is a new standard to support saving our stories to your Pocket client of choice on Windows Phone. The dev behind Squirrel is also the man behind PocketWP. Without further ado, let’s check out the features of Squirrel for Windows Phone.

  • Offline reading
  • Manage articles (delete/archive/favorite)
  • Manage article tags
  • Live tile showing article counts
  • Different layouts for showing your articles (list/box)
  • Customizable article viewing: change font size, theme, justified text
  • Have Squirrel read out the article to you.

Where do we start with out how stellar this app is? Let’s start with the core functionality of any Pocket client – reading. Squirrel for Windows Phone does a great job of downloading your articles for offline reading and providing a pleasant reading experience. Obvious options like changing your font size, reading theme or opening the article in Internet Explorer are all there. However, the default theme with its white text on blue background is easy on the eyes. Semi-pro tip: Swipe to the left or right to power through your Pocket articles. You can also have Squirrel read the article aloud as an option.

You can also manage your Pocket queue by adding articles as favorites, deleting them, or sending them to the archives. Hunting for that article you saved a while back? You can use the search function, which is pretty powerful. You can search for keywords in titles and links or searching through your tags. Speaking of tags, adding something to Pocket through Squirrel is great. You can add tags, a Tweet ID and mix up the title with Squirrel.

Squirrel for Windows Phone is worth a download if you’re a heavy Pocket user or thinking of jumping into the service for the first time. The app is free (technically) and available for Window Phone 8 users. We say technically free because it is. However, if you check out the app in the Windows Phone Store you’ll see as costing $1.99 with the option to trial. Both the trial and paid version of Squirrel are identical, the only difference is that you show your support for Squirrel by buying it. The app is so good and worth your $1.99 donation to the developer and his work on Windows Phone.

Want Squirrel? Give it a go in the Windows Phone Store or use the QR code below to grab it. 

  • The logo looks similar as UC Browser LOL
  • My thoughts too.. ;-)
  • Same here
  • Sure does lol
  • I thought that it was another UC update
  • Its ok but not visually exciting
  • This app is for reading.. the text is the content. Do you want dancing ponys or something to drum up excitment? lol The content IS exciting. 
  • Lol
  • Instead of ponys, can I have unicorns?
  • You can have nyan cats!
  • He means to say 3d flip animations and 3d eyecatching colours and ui!
  • I hear what you're saying Sam, but I also understand where he's coming from. Beauty draws people in. Have you seen the official Pocket app for iOS? It's pleasing to the eyes which makes you want to use the app more. This app doesn't really have that visual effect. Not that that's a bad thing, it just isn't a plus. 
  • Para cuando en español
  • Hummm..., not working. About "visually exciting"..., well - lol. Kids nowadays definitely don't want to read.
  • wish it show the whole title for saved articles.
  • Wait, the Dutch People now have an official police app. It's been there for years for iOS, now finaly for WP8. It includes Ambert Alert and all the policestations. Also the twitternames off the policeofficers. Most wanted persons, missing persons, and missing children. I tipped the People at WPCentral This week. But no love for This app so far. We have gotten IENS instead. An app to find restaurants in The Netherlands.
  • Owl Reader is the best client I've found. No jarring blue backgrounds, just simple dark theme like the rest of windows UI and then plenty of options for reading view. Its 2.99 but there's an unlimited ad-free trial. http://www.windowsphone.com/s?appid=3042945a-f1ce-4a0f-99db-800cd8b9169d
  • Agree. I mean, I've tried a lot of apps and I found that one to be the most complete.
  • Thanks for the tip on this. I really like all the customisation options and minimalistic interface of Owl Reader.
  • Es muy buena aplicación el único problema es que no se ingles
  • Nah, doesn't work on my Lumia 820. Don't know if it's WP link problem or Squirrel, though it seems the later. Messes up the link or does nothing at all.
  • Reinstall, might fix the problem
  • Advanced add is bad designed as well. It should leave page on success, I think. It doesn't say anything to the user after pressing ok button.
  • I tipped this, waaah :'( The app is quite buggy and crashes often, still a very good first version. I prefer the UI over Pouch's, at least the text elements are properly aligned and sized.
  • Needs to be able to actually save a link from WPCentral app. Couldn't get the page to proceed after I pressed ok.
  • Yeah, I mean I appreciate Sam and WPC to announce the app, but it has serious usability issues. Very, very buggy.
    I'm a heavy Pocket user, and Pouch is pretty good, though I jumped right away at a new offer, but Pouch is miles ahead of this.
  • You are correct about POUCH, it's exactly 1520 miles ahead of this one,.
  • It can save a link directly from us, just tap save to pocket. If you can't save it for some reason check you've got the latest version installed
  • Jay, I purchased the app last night. I have the latest WPCentral app and the latest Squirell app. I bought it on one 1520 set it up and I have the same issue. I have no idea where to add my Pocket credentials in the WPCentral app. I had also received a replacement 1520 after doing all this yesterday and have both installed on a fresh phone. Same issue.
  • Scott from Squirrel submitted a fix for the sharing issue to store https://twitter.com/SquirrelWP/status/416649585457905664. Will pop up the next days, I guess.
  • I can never get the Live Tile to set on Pouch, the option inside the App never works, so i'll give this a go.    
  • Why is a live tile so important for you? When you are saving items to pocket, you know that you have new items to be read without being notified, right?
  • Doesn't load any of the articles
  • Are there any pocket apps for both win8 and WP? I want to use the same app on both with syncing
  • I though wp central uses pouch for later reading.
  • So do Kangaroos
  • We changed to support both :)
  • How does it work?
  • The downside of having a WP is you have to pay for 3rd party apps due to the lack of official apps.
  • The app is free. Didn't you read the article ?
  • Ah right. Didn't notice that in the article. But still holds truth to WP. I wish the app gap closes next year.
  • You should be thankful that there are developers out there, which close the gap in the meanwhile. So it's not a bad idea to support them.
  • I thought there's a new update on ucbrowser hehe
  • Used to use pocket a lot when using Gravity on Symbian. But since people hub doesn't support it, i have nor used it since. Ob a desktop, you want to right click and add to pocket in Firefox or internet explorer. Nor sure that that is possible. At least in surface 2.
  • I thought it's UC browser
  • So how do I share a web page link to this app? Do I need to bookmark some funny javascript in order to share the page URL to this app, like what Pouch does?
  • You send an email to add@getpocket.com. Be sure to use the email address you signed up with at getpocket.com.
  • One thing I like about this is the text-to-speech option, which I don't think many reading apps have. The one in this app is a little mechanic sounding, I wonder which engine they use. I've been using Soundgecko which sounds impressively natural, but it doesn't integrate with other reading list services. Drawbacks: I wasn't able to pause the speech component, so I needed to exit the app to stop the sound. The app also seems to read image links or image tags out loud. Still, nice effort so far, but definitely a bit crashy. It also seems to open IE a lot, and states 'this link doesn't seem to be an article' or so, before continuing to render it as text just fine.
  • This app doesn't appear to let you filter articles by tags, nor does it display tags with the article name. The Owl client doesn't let you filter articles by tags, but at least displays them. Do any of these windows phone pocket clients let you filter articles by tags? That seems to be a basic feature that has to be in a client app. I can't see paying money for any of these apps that don't support filtering by tag. What really confuses me is that they talk about how this client can help you manage tags. Why on earth is this useful if you can't USE them? I don't get it...Am I missing something here?
  • Regarding Tags, Pouch has a cumbersome process but you can eventually get to a list of articles that share the same tag. You need to actually use the "Search" feature and type in the specific tag you want. This is fine if you only use a few tags and you know them by heart. If you want to see a list of all your tags you need to pretend you want to Add a tag to an existing article. Use the select/check feature for one or more articles, then select Add tags from the hidden menu, and a list of your existing tags will appear. Having refreshed your memory, you can now go back and do that search. Like I said, it is very cumbersome.
  • Check out Poki (release Jan '14). I think that's exactly what you are searching for: https://twitter.com/pokiapp/status/416893362550358016 http://pokiapp.com
  • Thanks for the info, I"ll definitely check out Poki.
  • I can't wait till Windows 8's Reading List app becomes available on Windows Phone and gets deep system integration. It still lacks many needed features but I'm sure it'll get there eventually.