It has two medium sized pockets (zippers are hidden). BUT I only use them for small things like chapstick or a key. The front is curved and I'm not sure how easy it would be to get to the item.
Other brands: I tried the Brik and hated it. It pressed my belly too much. This PFD is great if you change what you wear under it. YOU know, a swim suit top in Summer and maybe some extra layers if cool or rainy. I love it. It may catch on the back of my seat a bit. I use a sit on top: Current Designs Kestrel.