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The Pinterest App

Updated on January 3, 2016

The Pinterest Tsunami

With over 50 billion pins on more than one billion boards, 70 million unique users who are pinning 75% more pictures year, Pinterest is one of the most popular websites in the world. With statistics like that, it was only a matter of time before they developed an app to allow users to maximize their experience on the move.

There is nothing quite like the Pinterest app simply because there is nothing quite like Pinterest itself. Users have found a myriad of applications for this versatile utility; from renovators using it for home décor ideas to artists capturing serendipitous inspirations and to grocery shoppers who think writing lists is so last century, it seems everyone could do with a little Pinterest in their lives.

The app is designed to work seamlessly across mobile phones, tablets and laptops. The main difference between the device-specific apps is the layout as the app adapts to make best use of screen real estate.

Android and iOS Differences on Pinterest

There are minor differences in the user interfaces of the Android version and the iOS one. For example, to get to the list of available categories from the home screen, Android users swipe right whereas iOS users press the Menu button. The former displays the options in a grid while the latter presents it in list format.

The iOS notorious self-isolation policy is on display when users try to pin something directly from the Safari browser – Apple users have only been able to do so with a recent patch, which still requires them to visit a specific website to accomplish this simple task. Conversely, Android platforms integrate seamlessly.

Pros of the Pinterest App

Fast and fluid.
The app scrolls impeccably and loads images quickly. Scrolling through boards and pins is a visual pleasure that comes uninterrupted by delays and glitches.

Intuitively adaptable.
The Pinterest app glides seamlessly from device to device and from portrait to landscape orientation and vice versa. The available screen space is maximized as it presents images and options in grids that adapt to width and height.

Excellent social network integration.
Users can immediately tag others in pins and with comments, and are immediately notified when they are tagged themselves. The Send option allows you to share pins via email even with those who do not use the app.

Cons of the Pinterest App

No zoom.
It is almost unbelievable that a major app dealing with images lacks pinch-and-zoom functionality, yet, here it is. Image thumbnails are automatically sized according to device, which means it can be night impossible to se details and decipher text.

No privacy option.
All boards are public, all the time. It just doesn’t make sense that Pinterest does not allow selective sharing.

Underdeveloped Add function.
When you add an image to a board from a URL, the app does not give you the option of adding a caption or comment, a function that exists with the desktop version.

Limited control over board.
If you want to change a board’s cover photo, you have to return to the Pinterest website to do so.

No confirmation after a Pin.
The desktop version displays a popup after a successful pin, but the app takes you back to the previous screen which can be slightly confusing.


Pinterest App - Yes or No?

Pinterest consistently updates its app every three weeks, so most bugs are short-lived. Whether you call it a visual bookmarking app or a social scrapbooker, being able to click and upload a chance scene or object is a major feature that underpins the spectacular success of an amazing app based on an amazing website.

On the other hand, there are some glaring usability deficiencies that are holding back this very good app from becoming an excellent app.


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      Terrex 2 years ago

      Hi Swalia,

      Any reason why?

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      Shaloo Walia 2 years ago from India

      I have used this app briefly but now I access pinterest via web only.