TumbleBee for iPad review

Tumblr is perhaps best-known for hosting photo memes such as the admittedly brilliant Kim Jong Il Looking at Things. But Tumblr is about more than memes: the simple, visually led social blogging platform is rapidly gaining a following among photographers, magazines and all sorts of others.

Given Tumblr's creative slant, it's baffling that there's no official iPad app – but TumbleBee is a decent substitute, allowing you to post photos, quotes, links, video, audio – whatever takes your fancy, from within the app. You can even shoot video, photos or audio on your iPad and share it at once.

Following other Tumblrs turns your Dashboard into a kind of longform, picture-rich Twitter stream: you can reblog others' entries, sharing them on your own blog at the touch of a button. Reblogging is handy for sharing ideas and participating in debate, of course – but it's also brilliant as a lazy way to keep your site fresh if you're a post-a-week kind of blogger.

We would have liked a simple way to find Tumblrs to follow – you can find them by surfing what people in your Dashboard are reblogging, but this can be limited if you're just starting out.

You can run several blogs from within TumbleBee, enabling you to keep your restaurant tales separate from your cat gif collection, if you'd prefer.

Get TumbleBee for iOS from the App Store here

OUR VERDICT

While TumbleBee lacks a couple of the desktop version's advanced features – such as template editing or searching for other Tumblrs – this is a brilliantly snappy and intuitive app to use, and the best Tumblr app we've come across.

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