Tumblr – review of the Official Tumblr micro-blogging & sharing app for Android
Mar 23, 2012 9:42 AM –
Tumblr is a cool social network and micro-blogging platform. While the likes of Google+ and Pinterest are getting the majority of attention right now, it might be easy to forget that Tumblr remains very popular and was recently able to boast some 46 million individual blogs on their platform. Most social networks have a mobile client (although Pinterest does not as yet) so how does the official Tumblr client work on Android?
Tested on: HTC Desire HD
Pros & Cons:
- Easy mobile blogging to post and share!
- Smart user interface!
- Manage multiple blogs!
- Lacks a search bar.
- Can only view individual blogs via the browser, not natively within in the app.
Tumblr, despite being around for a few years now, remains a popular platform to share thoughts, quotes, pictures, video and other media. I’ve personally dabbled with it sporadically for some time now and found it awesome for photography, videos and memes.
The Tumblr app, at first glance, looks pretty good. It’s smooth and you can view posts quickly and easily. It allows for a great deal of space so you get great views of pictures in-stream instead of having to open them up. You can reply to, like and re-post items simply by tapping those icons over each post. Scrolling down the stream is also very easy and intuitive.
The app lacks a search tool, so sadly this limits the amount of exploring you can do and when you wish to view an individual blog it opens this up in the browser. I was a bit dumbstruck by this- really? You can’t just have access in the app itself? This is quite annoying and when you’re using the app it feels weird leaving it just to view someone you follow.
Posting, however, is pretty neat and very straight forward. You get bold tabs which enable you to post text, photos, links, quotes, general chat dialogues or videos. Posting is just incredibly easy and the interface here is both responsive and slick.
I think ultimately there is a good and a bad side to using the Tumblr Android client. It is phenomenally simple to post, but incredibly awkward to search and view other peoples blogs. Therefore, it’s great for posting items on the go, but if you want to spend some time exploring blogs and finding new people to follow, you really have to use the web, rather than the app, which is a shame.
Tumblr – Dashboard
Tumblr – Stream view
Tumblr – Easy to post
Tumblr – Previous posts
Tumblr – Share posts and select favourites
Tumblr – Mid-post
Tumblr – Website links to individual accounts
Tumblr – Account
If you use the Tumblr service already, it makes sense to have the Tumblr app on your device. While it’s incredibly useful and simple to post via the app, it’s a pain to view other blogs besides what is already in your stream.
Ease of Use:
Posting is incredibly easy, the dashboard of options: Text, Photo, Link, Quote, Chat and Video, both looks good and is hugely functional. Viewing your stream is also pretty straightforward and scrolling downwards to view recent posts is as easy as it gets.
Conversely, if you wanted to use the app to view other blogs individually, the fact the app takes you instead to your browser is a real negative. To summarise; it’s great for posting, not good for exploring.
This clearly will depend on how much your use the micro-blogging platform and how often you post. Because exploring the service isn’t native within the app, and therefore a little awkward to the user experience, you’re more likely to only use the app for posting rather than anything else.
The interface is beautifully simple and polished. I found screens to be responsive and quick, showing a neat fluidity that makes using the app mostly a joy to use. I like the way pictures are shown in a large size in the stream, saving you the need to ‘open’ a picture to view it properly.