Etsy.com is described as ‘the world’s most vibrant handmade marketplace’ – and Etsy for iPad is a relatively new, unofficial app that offers to let you discover the wonderful world of handmade and vintage products from Etsy.com.
I’ve often spotted fun and unique stuff for iOS devices on Etsy, and I know there’s a ton of items for iPad 2 on there, so I thought I’d give this new app a look as a potentially slicker way to browse for cool Etsy items right on the iPad.
Sadly, the app really doesn’t have much to offer, or to recommend it over just visiting Etsy in the Safari browser.
There’s hardly anything to the app in fact. It opens to a page with a search bar to search Etsy, with a couple of filters that can be applied to your search – for location and minimum and maximum dollar amounts.
Search results show up as a page full of product thumbnail images. Once you tap on any of them you’re taken to the relevant Etsy page in an inline browser. From there you can do all the same things you can do at the Epsy site.
The app’s pages load relatively slowly and don’t allow you to swipe through pages, but force you to tap on Back and Forward buttons on the bottom of the screen. This is much slower than a swiping action would be – a very poor UI choice.
And that’s about all there is to the app. It doesn’t let you favorite or bookmark items within the app, and doesn’t let you share items either. It doesn’t show you popular categories or any sort of featured items or anything extra.
I’ve used the app a number of times now and I just don’t see any added value in using it over just visiting Etsy.com in the iPad’s browser.
Here’s an App Store link for Etsy for iPad; it’s priced at $1.99.