The perks and frustrations of Pinterest for Android

Aug 21, 2012
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What’s lacking with the Pinterest app is the ability to select which board your new pin goes to, or the ability to create a pin via URL, which is where most pins come from. Even on the mobile-optimized web version of Pinterest, adding a pin via URL isn’t an option. While it’s cumbersome to manually enter a URL on a mobile device, it’d be nice to have the option (I know how to copy a link), especially since Pinterest doesn’t offer a workaround for pinning directly from your mobile browser.

More surprisingly, there’s no options for creating or managing boards on the Pinterest app. Similarly, pins can’t be edited either. While Pinterest is a great way to save items you’d like to reference in the future, it’s also a great organization tool, so without board and pin management, the Pinterest app offers little functionality beyond browsing existing pins and adding a photo from your device’s camera.

Other differences between the mobile web and app versions of Pinterest include filtered search. Though the app offers categorized browsing, the mobile web version lets you filter searches by those you’re following, pinned videos, popular pins and those tagged as gifts. And with the full mobile web version you do still have the option to add a pin via URL, even if it takes an extra step or two from a mobile web browser.

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