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Stache for iOS review: Too much work for great visual bookmarks

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The Good Stache organizes your most important bookmarks in an attractive layout that's easy to navigate.

The Bad It takes a lot of work just to get a bookmark into the app.

The Bottom Line While it's great-looking, Stache is too much of a hassle to make it a good replacement for managing bookmarks in Safari.


6.8 Overall
  • Setup 5
  • Features 6
  • Interface 7
  • Performance 8

Stache promises an easy way to store, navigate, and organize your bookmarks, but it only accomplishes two out of three. Though it displays your bookmarks in an attractive and easily digestible design, getting them into the app is more of a hassle than it's worth.

Designed for both the iPhone and iPad, the basic app is $1.99 (£1.49, AU$2.49) and syncs your saved bookmarks across your devices using iCloud. You also can add and view your bookmarks on a Mac by purchasing an additional app for $6.99 (£4.99, AU$8.99). Either way, though, that's too much for an app that requires too much work.


Initial setup on an iOS device is rather tedious since third-party apps currently can't integrate with the likes of Apple's own apps (Safari, in this case). So, before you can bookmark a Web page to Stache, you'll need to create a bookmarklet for it in Safari. Yes, the workaround sounds weird (a bookmark for a bookmark?), but competing apps like Pocket require you to do about the same.

The bookmark links to a JavaScript action that takes the URL for the page you're currently viewing and saves it to Stache. Fortunately, if you have iCloud bookmark syncing enabled for mobile Safari, you'll need to take this step only once.

Saving a page

Now this is where Stache gets even more complicated. To bookmark a Safari Web page in your Stache account, you'll need to launch the bookmark that you created during setup. The page you're viewing will then be opened in Stache, where you'll need to press yet another button in order to save it. I wish this process were faster. One way to speed it up would be for Stache to automatically save an incoming URL, and (if possible) take you back to Safari, but that's not what happens.

The extra steps needed to save a page to Stache compared with Safari's more intuitive bookmarking system (which requires no initial setup, syncing is included, and it takes just a few taps), detract from what Stache is trying to accomplish. When testing Stache, I found having to leave my current browsing session just to bookmark a page both unsettling and complicated.

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