Let me just start off by saying, I am new to the world of 3rd party Twitter clients. I’ve never seen a reason to use one really. But when I heard about Twitterrific 5 coming out with a completely new design, I thought I’d wait and check it out. So this review is not from the perspective of someone coming from Twitterrific 4, nor someone coming from Tweetbot or one of the many other Twitter clients available for iOS. This is from the perspective of someone completely new to Twitter clients that aren’t the “official” app. I’ve split this up into a couple of different categories: Functionality and Design.
Twitterrific 5 offers a lot of the features you would expect from a Twitter client. Multiple user accounts (which it handles fantastically might I add), quick access tabs for Timeline, Mentions, and Direct Messages, Retweeting, Quote tweets, @ replying, Picture posting support, and more. The way in which this app does it though, is what makes it different. Like I mentioned, the multiple user support is great, I love it. Your “avatar” is always up in the upper left hand corner, and you just press and hold on it to get a picker that lists all of the accounts you’ve activated in Twitterrific. Also, another part that I really enjoyed was the gestures. My favorite being the swipe to reply. You simply swipe left on the tweet that you wish to reply to and it brings up a new tweet with the person you are replying to’s name. It is just quick and simple. However, one place this really lacked in my books was notifications. Twitterrific does not support the native push notification service, and I rely on that heavily to keep up with updates. That really disappointed me. From my understanding, Tweetbot does include this, so I don’t see why IconFactory (the makers of Twitterrific) thought it okay to leave it out. I did see that it has been tweeting to users that push notifications are on the roadmap however.
I am in love with the design of this application. It is simply fantastic. When I first started seeing screenshots circulate the web I was thoroughly impressed the minimalistic look to it, and once I finally got my hands on it, I was even more impressed. The app is fluid and quick in everything you do. The design is kept beautiful through out it. One thing that really caught my attention is it offers some customizability features. Here is the list of options from the iTunes description:
– Dark/Light themes
– Choice of font & font sizes
– Avatar size
– Line spacing
– Brightness control
It really is beautiful. The custom theme options are the icing on the cake for a great application. Overall, with the ease of use of this application, it earned a sold 8 out of 10 rating. My only real complaints are lack of push notifications (which are a big one for me) but these are apparently coming later, and it doesn’t show the pictures when you tap on a tweet with an image. You have to actually press the link to load an image view (it doesn’t open a WebView, it is a native image view). Even the stock Twitter app let’s you see the picture within the Tweet. Just a small pet peeve though.
If you are interested in this application, you can download it here, I highly recommend it: Twitterrific 5. Also, look below for a gallery if you wanna look at it first.