Immediately, the new design and its four basic tabs (Dashboard, Radar, Account, and Post) make themselves known. Dashboard is pretty self explanatory while Radar is a nice way to view current and popular posts. Account lets you manage Tumblr account settings. Also, instead of having notifications all over the place as before in pre-3.0 Tumblr for iPhone, Tumblr 3.0 displays all notifications in a simple list within the accounts tab now — much easier and nicer. Finally, post is the screen in which the biggest changes are found. Hitting the post button brings up a dark overlay with the various “Image”, “Audio”, etc options.
One gem taken directly from iOS is a new slide-to-reveal camera screen when in post creation mode. Just like you do on the iOS lockscreen, sliding up from the bottom of the display will quickly launch the camera.
Other new features of Tumblr 3.0 include Spotify integration, improved post forms as well as offline posting, liking, replying, and reblogging. The beauty of offline abilities is that even when your network connection is down, you can freely create, “post”, like and reblog content and then later have it automatically synced to Tumblr’s servers online.
Overall, the update is a much needed and well done one. That said, if you didn’t use Tumblr before, the new app doesn’t really have any “wow” feature that will really make you want to use it now. Still, for current users of the service, mobile posting should be a lot faster and more enjoyable.
While iPhone users have plenty of new pixels to play with, iPad users are still (inexplicably) left out in the cold. Making matters worse, the new app really doesn’t look all that great blown up in 2x mode on the iPad. Hopefully Tumblr is simply taking so long because they’re making a truly unique app.
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