With no official Pinterest app yet available for Android, there are swathes of users itching to pin their much-loved items while on the go. Enter Fancy, an Android app for another visual cataloging site, TheFancy.com.
Just like the popular Pinterest service, Fancy is about saving pictures of the people, places, and things you love. Rather than pinning items to pinboards, however, Fancy lets you "Fancy" items and save them to a list (or multiple lists). You can search for items, scroll through recently Fancy'd items, or look through the lists of users you follow. It's all incredibly addicting.
The Fancy mobile app is all about perusing other Fancy users' items and adding them to your own lists. It might seem a little voyeuristic at first, but make no mistake, it is, in fact, a flattering gesture to add someone else's picture to one (or more) of your lists. It shows an appreciation for their tastes. If you happen to run into something you like, the app also lets you upload your own pictures from your camera or your device's gallery. But unfortunately, it doesn't integrate well with your mobile browser, so it doesn't let you Fancy items from the Web.
To get started, either log in or start a new Fancy account right from the app. From there, you'll be dropped onto a page where you can begin your adventures in Fancy-land. You'll see attractive pictures of chic fashions, geeky tech products, sexy travel destinations, and more. And since the page reloads as you go, you might even find yourself swiping through and Fancy'ing pictures for hours on end. In most cases, the app will suggest a list for a Fancy'd item (for instance, Gadgets, Art, or Destinations), but you can also create your own lists as needed. When you tap an item, you can see its comments, people who recently Fancy'd that item, as well as other related items. And of course, you can share any item with friends via e-mail, Twitter, Facebook, or Tumblr. Finally, for every item, you can tap through to see the original site from which the picture was first Fancy'd.
Many of the items you run across are also available for purchase through Fancy. As of now, this is a unique feature that Pinterest does not offer. These items are marked by a price and Buy Now button, which adds them to your cart. When you're ready, there's a standard Check-out process for completing your purchase. And what's nice is that each item appears to be discounted to below the regular retail price.
Overall, I highly recommend trying Fancy for Android, whether you're a Pinterest user or not. It's incredibly addicting and the pictures and items it features are surprisingly different from those on its rival's site. Not only that, it offers quite a few features that Pinterest still does not, like private accounts, adding items to multiple lists, and badges.