One of the best things about using an iPad is the great apps that we can run on it. There are excellent apps for just about any purpose you can think of. Better still, there are lots of great free apps for the iPad. Our Best Free iPad App of the Week posts celebrate these apps.
This week’s pick is Pinterest, which just hit the iPad App Store this week. Here’s a bit of its App Store introduction:
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.
- Pin your inspirations to online pinboards so you can
find them later
- Check out categories to find inspiration for your life in areas like
Design, Travel, or Food and Drink
- Follow boards that interest you to discover even more
- Create new pins with your camera
I use Pinterest on my desktop whenever I remember and spot something that’s really impressive or to me on the web. I’m glad they now have an iPad app as I’ve tried out a couple of 3rd party efforts and never got much use out of them.
One of the things I like best about Pinterest is that it’s easy. As in, it’s quick and easy to interact with it. Spot an incredibly beautiful photo anywhere on the web – pin it. Find a hilarious image while browsing your social networks – pin it. Add a little comment along with it, or nothing at all and just pin it to the board that’s most appropriate. And when you browse Pinterest itself and see something awesome that somebody else has shared – repin it.
It’s also one of those services where I feel like I may well end up spending far more time with it on the iPad than anywhere else, now that there’s a good iPad app for it. I’ve certainly been finding that in the few days since it was released.
The app offers a nice grid of thumbnails showing all the things being shared by people you follow on Pinterest, and also to browse by category. The UI is basic and you navigate through the main areas of the app almost entirely via the left sidebar – which toggles visible or hidden with a single tap.
Three of my favorite categories to browse are Sports, Technology, and Travel. Two great sports images that caught my eye this morning are the iconic Olympic image featuring London and the games’ biggest star and a superb montage image of Derek Jeter.
The Quotes and Humor sections are also always fun to check out.
It’s easy to re-pin an item when you come across things you enjoy and choose which board to place it in and add a comment.
There’s also has an inline browser – so you can explore and add new pins easily as well. It would be great to see a Pin It bookmarklet for the iPad Safari app. I would also like to see support for uploading from the iPad camera and photo library.
The app is a little buggy at the moment, but not terribly so for a 1.0 version.
It has taken Pinterest a while to come to the iPad, and I’m sure there are lots of very happy iPad owning Pinterest fans this week. If you’re a Pinterest user you’re definitely going to want to give this app a look.
Here’s an App Store link for Pinterest; it’s now a universal app designed for both iPad and iPhone.
If you’re after more great free iPad apps, be sure to check out our previous choices for Best Free iPad of the Week. We’ve also recently put together a best of the best of our selections from the last year in a Top 25 Best Free iPad Apps list.