Category: Social Networking
Release Date: August 17, 2012
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad.Requires iOS 5.0 or later.
Link to app
TiP Rating: 3.75/5 Stars
App Store Description:
Pinterest is where you can dream about, plan, and prepare for the things you want to do in your life. Whether it’s vacation plans, new gadgets, favorite recipes, fashion or the latest home decor, Pinterest is an easy way for you to make the most of it. Quickly and easily save and organize your inspirations with your iPhone or iPad.
Whether you’re pinning recipes, browsing vacation tips, or planning a wedding, you can now access your pins, as well as others directly from your iPad. Pinterest for iPad lets you pin and repin items, browse through your friends pins, and even see which items have been pinned from your favorite website.
Last week Pinterest released an updated iOS app. Up until now, the best experience for iPad users was the regular Pinterest website or third-party apps. Although I already reviewed Pinterest for iPhone back in May, I wanted to revisit the app now that it includes iPad support.
The new app follows the desktop experience with a four-column layout (two on the iPhone) taking full advantage of the iPad’s size. I can only imagine that pins look infinitely sharper on iPad’s with retina display (I’m still using a first generation iPad; more on that later).
Browsing pins couldn’t be easier; just scroll down and keep scrolling until you’ve run out of pins (or until your finger gets tired). It would be helpful if Pinterest included a “back to top” option because scrolling back up to the top takes a while. And just like Twitter, you can pull down and release to refresh your feed.
If you have something specific in mind, you can tap the menu icon in the top left corner and a menu will slide in from the left. Here you can choose one of the many categories Pinterest has named, or you can manually enter in a search. Additionally, the icon to the right of the Pinterest logo will show you News Items, such as who’s Liked pin X and who repinned pin Y.
I ran into a small, yet annoying problem while browsing: none of the images or searches were loading. I came across this regularly during my testing; usually after I scrolled down for a while and tried to go back up, or occasionally during searches. It’s possible that my first gen iPad has something to do with it, but on the other hand it could be a kink in the app.
Pinterest for iPad also features an embedded browser, which can be accessed through the menu by tapping on Browse the Web. This is especially handy for people who want to pin from their iPad. Just type in a website’s URL and once you find an image that you want to pin, tap the Pin It button to the right of the address bar.
Additionally, you’ll also be able to see which items other people have pinned from that website in the small boxes next to the Pin It button — if nothing has been pinned, those boxes will remain empty. For easier browsing, tap on any one of those boxes and it’ll open up another window with larger pins.
The iPad app is pretty sharp and really convenient for regular pinners. Aside from the occasional loading problem I didn’t run into any issues.