Pinterest, the visual social network, has been with us for quite a while, but has only recently joined the mobile world with its own official app. Pinterest is not the first social network to be late with its mobile apps; Facebook, for example, did not release an official iPad app until last year, and when it did, I wasn’t too overwhelmed. For these reasons, it took me a while to realize that an official Pinterest app was really out there, and even longer to actually give it a spin and learn how to use Pinterest.
The official Pinterest app was released several months ago, and to tell you the truth, I’m not sure what is was like when it was like back then, but today, after several rounds of updates, it doesn’t disappoint. With almost every feature you could ever dream of, the Pinterest app for iPad is going to make pinning on the go lots more fun. Didn’t get a chance to test it yet? Wonder if it was worth the wait? Read the full review below, and give it a spin on your own device!
Getting Oriented: Your Pinterest Profile
There are two aspects about the Pinterest app you should know about: everything you open is a separate window, and you can access everything from the left-side menu. To access the menu, either swipe from left to right with your finger, or tap the menu icon on the top left corner. Through this menu, you can access your Pinterest profile and start getting oriented.
Your Pinterest profile looks very similar to the Web one, with all your information on top and boards at the bottom. From here, you can do pretty much anything you can do from Pinterest on Web, including viewing and editing your boards, viewing and deleting pins, and viewing your followers and the people you follow. You can even create one of those new secret boards.
What you can’t do through the app is edit your profile, meaning you can’t change your profile image, your short bio, etc. See that X at the top right side of the window? Like I mentioned above, everything you open on the Pinterest app is a window by itself. When you’re done doing something, you can simple close that window to find yourself where you were before. Pretty neat.
Browsing & Searching
When I first launched the Pinterest app on my iPad I wondered to myself, how is this really going to work? Will I only be able to pin things that are already in the app? Will I need to open my browser every time I want to pin? The answer to these questions is a big, happy “no”. The Pinterest app comes with its own built-in browser, which is made especially for pinning stuff to Pinterest. To access it, open the menu and tap on “Browse the Web”.
The browser is very simple, but you can use it to browse the Web as you would from any other browser. Found something you want to pin? The “Pin it” button is right there (marked with red arrow in the screenshot above). For every website you visit, you’ll also find a small thumbnails button next to the “Pin it” button (marked with blue arrow in the screenshot). Tapping this icon will open a new window, where you’ll be able to view everything’s that’s been recently pinned from the website you’re on.
If you want to browse Pinterest instead of the Web, there are several ways to do so. First, you can browse only the people you follow by tapping “Following” on the menu. You can also browse pins by topic, an extensive list of which is also available on the menu. For example, here I am browsing only technology-related pins.
You can also use the app to search for pins, boards and people, as you would on the Web. The search is super quick, and you don’t even have to hit enter; just start typing something and watch the results appear.
One really cool feature of Pinterest for mobile is the ability to take a picture with your device and immediately pin it to Pinterest. You can also choose an image from your device’s photo album.
Pinning & Interacting
The pinning process is identical to the one on the Web. When you find an image you want to pin or repin, the window you see below will open, giving you the regular options to choose a board and enter a short description.
Aside from pinning, you can also interact with other Pinterest users through the app by viewing their pins, repinning, liking, sharing pins on other social networks, saving pins to your device, commenting on pins, and even reporting pins as inappropriate.
Furthermore, you can follow, unfollow, report and block people right from the app. You can also follow how other users interact with your pins by tapping the two pin icon on the top right corner of the menu. Here you’ll find notifications about repins, likes, etc.
To top everything off, Pinterest is available in six different languages, including French, German and Spanish. You can switch the language through the app’s settings.
If I had to describe this app in one word, it would be “surprise”. It’s not often that an app which is so highly anticipated really stands up to expectations. For some reason, Pinterest for iOS didn’t create a huge buzz when it came out, but it’s a true masterpiece, and was truly worth the wait. If this is what we get for waiting so long for a mobile app, I’ll gladly wait every time.
What do you think of the Pinterest app? Share your opinions in the comments.