Back when I was young and had too much time in my hands, I discovered Etsy. If you haven’t heard of it, Etsy is a shopping website for handmade items — from wine racks, to mittens, to smart phone pouches. I also found it to be a gold mine of really affordable craft supplies, and was hooked ever since. So you can just imagine my glee when it launched its official Android app a few days ago. Here’s my take on Etsy for Android.
The app’s look and feel is very similar with the web version, so it should be familiar to you if you’re a regular Etsy user. Curated items such as For Her, For Him and Home can be viewed by swiping left or right from the default Activity tab. Tapping on items bring you straight to the information page where you can tap the heart button to save to Favorites, add it to your cart, or visit the seller’s store.
Purchasing items are quite straightforward and is not to confusing as compared to the website. A dedicated Cart button is shown on the top of the app’s screen, making it super accessible and saves you precious minutes if you’re in a hurry. Deleting items from the cart is also possible by tapping on the x-mark on the right side of each item.
Search filters are also available for this app, but it’s a bit tricky to use if it’s your first time. Once you tap on the Search button, the field below is a drop down list of categories that you can select to filter your search results.
Although you can add items to your Favorites, there seems to be no Favorites page to speak of. This is a surprisingly overlooked feature, and hopefully the developers add it in future updates. In the meantime, newly added Favorites from the app will be synced to your Etsy account, so you can view them from the website.
The search filter function is good, but they’re only for item categories and not Etsy profile pages or store names. If you’re looking for someone in particular, you’ll have to do it from the website itself.
With a few more additions to missing features, Etsy for Android should be a great mobile support for the shopping site. It’s quite a pioneer for handmade goods, so here’s to hoping they follow through with a better Android app. For now, don’t expect the moon and the stars — maybe just the sky and the clouds.
Etsy is available for free from the Google Play Store.