Last month we brought you part one of our A Look at Social Media Apps on Windows Phone guide, and now we’re bringing you part two! For us power users there’s no end to how many apps we will cram our phones with. In this part we’re going to go over a few app choices for Pinterest, Reddit, and Tumblr.
Pinterest Beta – Free
Pinterest Beta is the official Windows Phone Pinterest app and let me tell you it is very much a beta. There are no features making use of the beautiful Metro UI of Windows Phone. It’s basically just a rebranded mobile site for Pinterest. If your just looking for a no-frills Pinterest app this is it. It’s functional and does the job, but not much else.
Pin.It has everything I look for in an app; it’s easy to navigate, using the WP8 preferred way of navigation using swiped to go from page to page, and it works incredibly well. Pin.It is beautifully designed. I love how the colors pop in the category menu, the font choices is clean and crisp, and it has more features then you could use. I especially like the ability to change the accent colors and to add a live tile for boards and people. The included tutorial makes this app easy to use for new users to the app as well as Pinterest. At the time of this mini-review there is no banner advertising, which is incredible since you can pick Pin-It up for free in the Windows Phone app store.
Tumblr has their own official Windows Phone 8 app. Most of the time official native apps provide the most consistent, reliable experience that you expect. Tumblr is no exception as you can easily navigate through app through swiping, the font is easy to read, and it’s laid out in a nice clean way. True to the Metro UI design philosophy. It’s a nice app for the Tumblr experience, as it should be.
When you first log into Tumbler you’ll notice the developer copied heavily from Tumblr. The navigation is horrible because it’s not fluid and unless you fork over some hard earned cash there’s a big intrusive ad, not even trying to hide itself. Although this is not the most impressive Tumblr app the developer did throw in some features that are lacking from the official Tumblr app. Such as the ability to view liked posts. I wouldn’t recommend paying, but if you can deal with the banner ads try it.
There is no official mobile Reddit app yet, but there’s two well known ones in the WP8 app store battling it out. Baconit is one of them. For anyone who has used Reddit, you know the site is naturally a pain to navigate. Baconit uses the Metro UI design and has those darn navigating swipes that I love so much. It has everything to expect from a Reddit app. The best part is Baconit is donation driven, which means it can be had for free.
Readit is aimed at those who use Reddit on a daily basis. Everything is fine-tuned from the font choice to how each icon looks. The design is clean, clear, and crisp. You can navigate through this app with ease and really get to learn all of the many included features through the built in tutorial. There’s little features scattered around the app for your connivence such as the ability to move Reddit’s into any order you please. Also Readit includes the things you expect from a Windows Phone app such as live tiles and the ability to change the lock screen picture. If you’re a Reddit power user, the $1.99 asking price for Readit is well worth it.
This concludes our look into social media apps on the Windows Phone. There may be some well-known apps missing, and this is because they have yet to make it onto this great mobile operating system. Don’t worry though because there’s a great community out there for WP8 and plenty of apps currently out to keep you entertained for a very long time.
Have any recommendations? Tell me what’s your favorite social media app on Windows Phone!