App Review: Tumblr for iOS and Android

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I don’t know about you, but I’ve always thought that Tumblr is best experienced in my comfy chair, or on the couch. Not on my computer. It’s handy then that there’s a decent app for it on both iOS and Android. The app’s not perfect, but it’s pretty good for most of what you’d want to do with Tumblr.

Both apps have a clean design, with most of the screen devoted to your feed. The app supports animated .gifs now–they didn’t earlier this year–which is good since much of Tumblr is animated. Scrolling through your feed is smooth on both devices.

The iOS app supports landscape, while the Android doesn’t. This isn’t a big deal for me. I prefer Tumblr in portrait anyway.

Posting from either app is easy. As you can see from the screen shot, you can create many different types of posts. You can add tags and either publish immediately or queue them for later posting. The Android app even adds the option to specify an exact time and date for publishing. The iOS app doesn’t have that feature, and I’m hoping they will add it soon.

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You can open links in a browser, and the iOS app offers Instapaper integration. (You can also send posts to Instapaper in the Android version by using the Share feature.) Of course, you can follow blogs directly from the app.

One controversial addition to the app are targeted ads. I’ve not found them to be a problem. So far the ones I’ve seen have blended in to my feed. They’ve been clever, funny and animated. In other words, exactly like posts by Tumblr users. Do I pay attention to them? Sometimes. They are also infrequent. I see perhaps one ad each time I check in on Tumblr (which is generally two to four times a day). Yes, they are there. No, they don’t bother me.

Most of the features of the Tumblr site are available in the app, with one notable exception. Messages. If someone sends you a message through Tumblr, there’s no way to access them through the app. You’ll have to either have them sent via email, or you’ll need to read them on the Tumblr site.

That’s one feature I hope they’ll add soon. I rarely visit Tumblr on my computer, and sometimes I’ll miss a message for a few days, which is too bad. I don’t like to keep people hanging.

However, that’s my only irritation with the app. Other than that, it’s my favorite way to keep up with Tumblr and the craziness that goes on there.

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  • Jeans

    The app looks great, but what about security? Is the Android app from a secure source? I wouldn’t want to get a malware infection like I read about on

  • Juli Monroe

    I got the Android app from Google Play. While it’s possible to download apps infected with malware from there, you’re usually quite safe downloading branded apps like Tumblr.