Toby review

3.8 out of 5 stars
Toby

Toby is the new kid on the block. It’s a browser extension that helps you organize your tabs on every new page. You can use it in Chrome, Firefox, and Opera. So it’s not a bookmark manager per se, which makes it the odd one out in this list, probably.

Quick view of Toby

To use this tab manager, create a collection and drag any open tabs from the right into a collection. Toby stores your tabs locally on your computer but we recommend creating a Toby account. Hereby, you activate sync and a ton of extra features like sharing. You also get the ability to restor your service, so you’ll never lose a collections or tab again.

In a previous version of this review, we noted that the app wasn’t being actively maintained. We did discover a new update of the extension, however, so I guess that Arthur (the developer) is at it again. Good for him!

Other considerations

While the emphasis still rests on bookmarks, Toby also has a bigger ambition. They don’t like the word Bookmark, it seems. So the developer seems eager to head into Evernote territory. Or Trello, Github, Dropbox. At any rate, it’s not clear why any company should entrust their most precious knowledge resources to this SAAS solution.

Rating

Features:
3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)
Usability:
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Mobile support:
3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Performance:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Customer support:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Average:
3.8 out of 5 stars (3.8 / 5)

Pricing

  • Free to use. There is no payment system attached to this extension.

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Pinboard review

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Pinboard

4.1 out of 5 stars

Pinboard is a social bookmarking website developed and run by Maciej Cegłowski. It is a fast, no-nonsense bookmarking site for people who value privacy and speed. Also, since this product there is only one developer with explicit opinions you can follow on Twitter, you’ll choose a service with a face. A sympathetic Tweeter, we could add.

Still, what you see once you decide to try it out, is not very visually appealing. Cegłowski has a sense of design that’s just borderline boring. Sure, it’s fast and reliable, but there’s only text there — nothing else. And, as for new services: we haven’t seen a lot of them lately.

So, this is what do you get: no background image, but tagged bookmarks. No ads, no tracking. A pricing model that’s not prohibitive. Plus: reliable access for all platforms and browsers. It doesn’t do a million things but focuses on bookmarking.

This Xmarks Alternative is not free to try or use. For $11/year, you will receive access to the ad-free bookmark manager. For a few dollars more, Cegłowski lets you archive your bookmarks. You also get a full-text search and a dead link checker.

If you are looking for a no-nonsense bookmarking solution, this is is the right choice.

Rating Pinboard

Features:
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Usability:
3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Mobile support:
3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Performance:
5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Customer support:
5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Average:
4.1 out of 5 stars (4.1 / 5)

Pricing

  • $11/year for a Regular account
  • $25/year for an account with support for Archiving
  • No free version available

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