Review: Official Pinterest app for iPhone and iPad builds on the popular photo-sharing network

Experience Pinterest in its full glory with the complete, official app.

Pinterest exploded onto the scene a couple years ago as the biggest, hottest new social network on the Web, and for good reason. The clever integration of Facebook and Twitter functionality with an image-focused social network in which users could pin, comment on, and share just about anything cool they find was perfect. One of the driving factors in the success of Pinterest, however, is the exceptional mobile apps developed by the company. Today's iOS app continues to be one of the best social experiences on Apple's devices, and for good reason.

To start, Pinterest is designed for browsing. The developers know what people use their service for and create an experience that builds on it. After logging in (you can choose Facebook, Twitter, or e-mail as signup tools), you are presented with recent pins from people you follow. If you follow no one, Pinterest will recommend a handful of people (including the founders). The content focus is so great, in fact, that the only menu is a tiny button in the top-left corner. Tap this and all of your options slide out from the left--taking photos, browsing the Web for more photos, or searching through categories. Adding your own pins is easy, either with your device camera or from a photo you downloaded or took earlier, and you can share and pin other posts with a tap.

Pinterest is the ultimate social tool: a group of like-minded people showing off the cool items they've found. If you're eager to use it, either to find new recipes and handbags or to promote your business, the iPad and iPhone apps are must-download tools for interacting with your fellow users.

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