Twitter iPhone apps side by side

Twitter apps side by sideTwitter is now officially a part of my life. I find myself checking Twitter more often then my email, and that, I guess, forces me to be smart about how I use it.

I’ve been using Twitterific and Twinkle side by side for a while, but both annoyed me at times. They look like this:

Twitterific ProTwinkle

I was missing the easy to reach replies tab, and found both to be a tad bit slow. I remembered from this post from Chris Brogan that he used Twittelator, so I downloaded that and played around. It’s better, but it’s not as simple and solid as I want my client to be. It’s color schemes look cool though, check out this one:

Twittelator Pro

The bad thing about it is that it takes too much screen per tweet, which makes it hard to read a lot of tweets quickly.

Now that I had installed 3 apps already, I thought what the heck, let’s try the other ones. I found Twitterfon, and I think this one is here to stay. It’s got everything you need, from a replies and direct messages tab to your normal timeline. It supports GPS and taking pictures and search with a history of your recent searches. And, to boot, it’s by far the fastest Twitter app on my iPhone to start up. It looks clean like this:


Best thing about it? It’s free!

So basically, I think Twitterfon will be my primary iPhone Twitter app for the coming months, as it seems to be everything I need from a Twitter client!

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12 Responses

  1. cK !By cK ! on 17 November, 2008

    Sweet! Twitterfon finally has the timestamp in the timeline! That’s what I’ve been waiting for… Totally agree with your review!

  2. Todd CrawfordBy Todd Crawford on 17 November, 2008

    Yoast, I agree with your opinion on Twitterfon. I have tried Twitterific and Twittelator but the newest version of Twitterfon is the one I use on a daily basis. It is fast and has all the features that the others have but the layout is easier to use. I really like that it tells you how many unread tweets you have and loads them all so you can quickly scan through them.

  3. CarlBy Carl on 17 November, 2008

    Don’t forget Tweetsville which just came out. It has become my go to Twitter app on the iPhone.

  4. RamsesBy Ramses on 17 November, 2008

    I bought Tweetsville some days ago as Techcrunch said that it’s one of the best out there. Because of my curious nature I wanted it to try, but it keeps crashing somehow. Now that you plugged some free apps I’ll look into those first. Thanks!

  5. Sonny GillBy Sonny Gill on 17 November, 2008

    I was in the exact position as yourself with trying these different Twitter apps. I’ve also fallen in love with Twitterfon. It’s super simple and gives me what I need right there. I’ll keep the others for sake of might wanting to use them but Twitterfon is def up there now for me.

  6. Elja TrumBy Elja Trum on 17 November, 2008

    Great timing; I’m expecting my iPhone this week and Twitterfon will be the first app I install. ;)

  7. Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 18 November, 2008

    Thx for all your comments!

    @Carl I’ll try tweetsville later on!

  8. AndyBy Andy on 19 November, 2008

    I’ve been using Twitterific for a couple of months and am fairly happy with it, but with so many people recommending Twitterfon I may well need to give it a look, thanks for the overview.

  9. MilosBy Milos on 21 November, 2008

    After reading this post I have downloaded TwitterFon and love it! Until last night, I was using Twitterrific, but wasn’t completely happy with it. I’m glad I came across this suggestion. Thank you! Have a great day!

  10. Roel WillemsBy Roel Willems on 21 November, 2008

    I’m also a big fan of twitterfon! All other apps are slow/not easy readable. I only dislike the fact i can’t do some basic adminitration like searching for new people to follow or mark followers to follow them. But I really like the interface and responsiveness.

  11. Reinier MeenhorstBy Reinier Meenhorst on 23 November, 2008

    I recognise much of the experience your describe in your post. Twitterfon is very nice, I agree. But since I can’t leave well enough alone, I have installed Tweetie yesterday – which is great as well.