Application name: Tweetbot
Developed by the team at Tapbots, Tweetbot is a twitter client with a lot of personality. This is, hands down, the best twitter application on the market and this in-depth review will tell you why. Whether it’s the meticulously crafted interface, sounds, animations or features like multiple timelines and smart gestures, there’s a lot to love about Tweetbot.
Tweetbot is the best twitter client on the app store for a myriad of reasons. The first of these is gestures. Tweetbot uses multi-touch gestures in the app, which is incredible and makes perfect sense. For example, putting your finger on a tweet and swiping left allows you to see all the replies for that tweet, and, if the tweet was a reply itself, swipe right to see what it was in reply to. Tapping the timeline bar at the top allows you to quickly switch between your lists, which is extraordinarily handy!
The design is another feature that makes Tweetbot really soar above the competition. With a sleek, sexy and polished charcoal on blue, this application is not only pleasing to the avid twitter user, but also pleasing to the eye. Another wonderful feature in Tweetbot is the built-in translator. I follow a bunch of people from overseas and half of their tweets I can’t read, but with Tweetbot I can tap and hold my finger over any tweet and get a direct translation in to English. This is definitely scoring big points in my eyes, allowing people to take their Twitter experience across the globe.
The application is divided into a bottom bar, a top bar and the middle is where all the twitter-y goodness appears! On the top bar lies a small picture of people, where you can switch between added Twitter accounts with the touch of a button, in the center there is a large button where you can tap to change between lists and on the right is a shiny blue button where you can compose a new tweet. The bottom bar is divided into five tabs. The first is a speech bubble, which shows all of your tweets. The second is an at mark, which shows all of the replies people have sent to you. Third is a letter icon which displays your messages, and the blue icon which normally would let you add a tweet will now let you compose a message. The last two icons are custom depending on your choice, which is nice and can either be search, favorites, retweets, your profile or mute filters, where you can mute hashtags from appearing anywhere near your TweetBot.
Another thing I like about TweetBot is triple-tap. Triple tapping on any tweet allows you either to reply to that person instantly, retweet that tweet, favorite that tweet, translate that tweet or view that tweet in favstar, depending on how you’ve tweaked this option in your settings.
One thing I adore about TweetBot is the myriad of settings options. You can disable sounds, change font size, change quote format, change your triple-tap settings and even tweak your account settings. Another impressive feature is “Sleep Options”, which allows you to put TweetBot to sleep every night at a selected time and it won’t bother you with notifications.
One of my major annoyances with TweetBot is the sounds that it produces. TweetBot is known to produce ear-piercing clicks, squeals, swipes and noises of cogs turning. Although it’s a nice effect that adds to the character of TweetBot, it is slightly annoying. Luckily TweetBot enables you to turn these noises off, an option which came in the last update. Other than this, I cannot see nor find any crucial errors or disappointments with TweetBot. I cannot fault it.
All in all, TweetBot is definitely the best Twitter application out there without a doubt. Whether it’s the magical, beautiful interface, the intuitive use of the iPhone’s multi-touch capabilities, the added features such as translations and quick access options, or even if it’s the fact that you can change nearly every option to match your personal preference, this application is a must-buy.
Star Rating: 5/5