Android Twitter Apps: Round Robin

| September 2, 2010 | 12 Replies

Perhaps the biggest question we get from new, and even old Android users for that matter is; “What’s the best Twitter app?” We here at WJD Designs wanted to break this down and offer our opinion in one easy place so we decided to do a quick rundown of the 7 biggest and most popular Twitter apps that are currently available to everyone for your Android devices. Josh and I will go through the User Interface, the level of Customization, the overall feel and user experience, as well as our pros and cons. Enjoy!

Quick Jump links:

Twitter For Android

Twidroyd Pro

Touiteur Premium

Twicca Beta

TweetCaster

TweetDeck Beta

Seesmic

Twitter for Android

UI

Josh – First up is Twitter for Android. The UI is nice, very close-to-home compared to the actual Twitter site. As soon as we load up we see icons to Tweets, Lists, Mentions, Retweets, Direct Messages, My Profile, and what looks like ‘The little bird that tried to fly, but failed.’ being bombarded by Trending Topics bubbles. It’s fairly basic, easy to refresh, start a new tweet, and switch between Tweets, Mentions, and Direct Messages. It’s pretty snappy, and the application seems to cache whatever’s on each screen for quick loading, but I could be wrong. The notifications are good, showing a notification for each Tweets, Mentions, and DM’s, however they are all the exact same, so without opening the notifications window, you have no idea what each one means, maybe some variance there would be nice. On the negative side, right off the bat I feel that there’s way too much white going on. Like there’s not even an option to get rid of that, or change it. There’s no way to access a list of your followers, or who you’re following, either.

Chris – From the minute I opened this application I can see the the online Twitter tie-in, as well as the custom Android feel. The app itself looks like it’s going to be a winner, until you give it 5 minutes or so. I am not a huge fan of having a main screen to dictate where I want my eyes to go, but I can see the appeal for people who do prefer that. The “flying bird” on the home screen is a nice play into how well animations work with Android, but I would immediately turn this feature off.

Customization

Josh – Feature-wise, Twitter for Android is fairly customizable, with options to sync twitter’s information right into your contacts and access their profile from your contact list, as well as shows the last thing that person tweeted. The geo-location for each tweet is easy to find and manage. You can manage your polling time, anywhere from 5 minutes to 4 hours, which is nice. For those refresh notifications as well, you can have it let you know when there’s new Tweets, Mentions, or Direct Messages, which is nice if you’d rather turn off one of those things. With so much white, you think Twitter would’ve incorporated the ever-popular User Color Labels, but due to this not being a native Twitter function, I’m not really surprised it wasn’t included. Another annoying snag is you can only access the Settings for the application from the Home Page, which is eternally frustrating if you need to quickly change something. Another small snag that’s the norm in other twitter applications is the ‘refresh on open’ option, with Twitter you either have to wait for it to refresh itself, or go into the actual Tweets and refresh it yourself.

Chris – The way I see it there aren’t very many things to change with this app. It’s almost “what you see is what you get”. I do like the fact that you can sync to your current contacts with 3 different options of doing so, but I chose not to use this option. Although not the end of the world, it is very frustrating to have to exit out to the home screen in order to change settings, but I am sure a lot of you would disagree. The standard options for refresh interval and notifications of Tweets, Mentions, and Direct Messages are there along with the ability to change your photo, and URL-shortening service. The option I was most fond of was the ability to turn on or off the animated background.

Overall Experience

Josh – Overall, Twitter for Android is an easy to use, straight-from-the-site kind of application. The UI is kind of bland, and appearance-wise completely un-customizable, but if you’re just looking for the official application that mirrors the site, this is the application for you. For me, this doesn’t really cut it.

Chris – I would love to argue and fight for this app, but I have to agree with you. My overall experience with Twitter for Android was a very basic one. There really isn’t much you can do to change your experience from stock, and these settings just aren’t available yet. The app works well, and notifications are spot on. The average Twitter website user will definitely feel right at home using this app might even like seeing the flying bird.

Pros - Free app! – Great representation of the web version – Fast and extremely easy to use – Ability to stop the animated bird

Cons – Very basic – Not many options for customizing your experience – The stock theme of this app is very bright white, and sometimes takes a toll on the eyes – Too many clicks to get where you want

Price – Free

Twidroyd Pro

UI

Chris – Now it’s time to take a look into Twidroyd. The first impression after opening the app is that the UI is stunning, and brings you directly to your timeline. At the bottom of the screen you will notice 6 icons for Home Screen, New Tweet, Mentions, Direct Mentions, Search , and Refresh. Being able to go anywhere that you need to right from the start without sacrificing your timeline is great. The experience is near flawless. Scrolling is super fast, very responsive and having the ability to quickly switch views, and even search all of Twitter without exiting your current screen is a definite plus. Clicking the chat bubble will bring you to gorgeous text box where you can simply start typing and you will notice you have auto complete for @’s, and #hashtags which is a nice feature that some of the other apps do not offer. Mentions, and Direct Messages are integrated into your timeline for easy view, and notifications work very well. Clicking the menu button will bring you to a set of options including “jump to top” which I like if I ever find myself too deep into my time line. You can also change your settings, view lists, view your profile, and check out the latest trends. There is also a more button which takes you to an additional menu where you can exit the app, manage your accounts, view your favorites, manage your lists, check your outbox, your follower requests, and even suggest a feature. The nicest feature with this app is the amount of customization that can be done which I’ll touch upon in a minute.

Josh – Well, there’s not a whole lot I can add to that. I wasn’t a huge fan of the stock look, (white with Maya Blue on the bottom dock) but once it was inverted with Aviator black, it looked tight. The buttons on the bottom are great, self explanatory without having to write Tweet, Mention, etc. Scrolling was nice and smooth except at the fastest possible speed for me, but that could be because I’m on a Milestone as opposed to a Droid X or EVO. The scroll bar icon on the side is a little choppy, but that’s a minimal complaint. My one complaint that’s going to ruin your near perfect score is the inability to close the new tweet ‘window’ at the top. Outside of exiting the application, there is no way to remove it once opened, so that’s kind of a pain, especially compared to some of the other apps we’re looking at today. I love the Jump to Top feature, and have to put that down as my favorite feature in Twidroyd, only seconded by the multiple account option, which is a big plus over Twitter for Android.

Customization

Chris – This is where for me it gets even better with not only the amount, but the quality of the options available. Lets click the menu button and take a look at some of the options we have here. From here we can edit accounts, change notification settings, customize the display skin, photo and video service, as well as URL-shortening service etc. The skin color options are Maya Blue, Coral Red, Spring Lime, Aviator Black, Papaya Orange, and Bistro Brown. Each of these colors will also change your home screen icons accordingly. As you can see from the pics I personally love the black and white look combining Aviator Black with the option of inverting the background color. This to me gives the integrated look and feel of the stock Android software. There is a unique option, that I do not use of displaying user’s real names which may or may not be preference for some. If you have multiple accounts you can switch views easily with a swipe left or right, however the sexier option in my opinion is the ability to show a merged view. That’s right, multiple accounts in one spot! You can also hide the onscreen account switching arrows, and disable swipe as well. There is no picture preview in your time line yet, but there is an option to easily view pictures with a built in Twidroyd browser as opposed to your native one.

Josh – Again, I think you covered just about everything that needs to be said. The Settings menu layout is awesome. Not to many menus-within-menus, most of it’s laid out in sections and easily visible. As much as I hate to say this about an app that I don’t consider my favorite, I have to agree that with the black layouts it does look like Google themselves made this. The multiple account layout is phenomenal and easy to use. I think that the merged view is an option to be cherished, as I don’t know how many other apps have this. The lack of picture preview, for me, kind of sucks. Most of the big apps like Touiteur and TweetDeck have this, why not Twidroyd? Guess I’ll have to use the suggest a feature to pass this on to the developers.

Overall Experience

Chris – I have used this app the most out of any available because of the look, the speed, and the overall feel of it. In my opinion it is easily one of the best twitter apps available for Android to date. To open a Third Party App and be able to customize it to the point where you feel it is completely integrated into the software is a huge plus for me. There are some missing features that I would like to see in future builds, but they have been great with updates so far. I have tried other apps, but I always find myself going back to Twidroyd because this is where I have the best overall experience.

Josh – I haven’t used this for very long, only a few days, but I like it. The overall snappiness and speed of the application is great, and the layout is one that other developers should be envious of. I’m definitely with you on the fact that if a Third Party application can customize itself to the point where it seems like it’s part of the native OS, the developer should be very pleased with themselves. With only a few – although key – features missing, I’d definitely consider this one of the top twitter applications out there.

Pros – Absolutely stunning UI – Excellent overall feel, and scrolling is simply unbeatable – Great options available for customizing the look to your liking – The in app browser works very well – Auto complete @’s and #hashtags is great – Multiple account view can be merged into one time line

Cons – Still a few bugs – No picture preview – Notifications will not work when inside the app – Some missing features that are currently available elsewhere

Price – $3.99 US D

Touiteur Premium


UI

Josh – Next up is Touiteur. This is my personal favorite and go-to twitter application, second to none. Right off the bat it tosses you into your timeline. Along the bottom you’ve got your regular Tweets, Mentions, Messages, More, and Refresh buttons. The More area is great, as you can start a new tweet, search, check your lists, current trends, and favorites directly from it without ever leaving your timeline. One small problem with Touiteur is that the scrolling is a little choppy. I’m not sure whether this is due to loading the content or just weird scroll coding, but it’s a minimal problem. The tweet box is absolutely beautiful, and my absolute favorite out of any twitter application. it shows a little avatar of whichever account is your default, but by clicking it you can choose which account you’d like to tweet from. It has has an attach button to attach an image from your Gallery, TweetPhoto, or to snap a picture from your camera, a Shrink button that will automatically try to shrink any links in your post, and a Send button. The best feature about this box though is that you can start a tweet, then drag it up to hide it and scroll around your timeline if you need to find something, then reopen it and all your previously typed information will still be there. Touiteur, like Twidroyd, will also auto complete @’s and #hashtags. Mentions are integrated into the timeline, but DM’s are not, however with the swiping between Tweets – Mentions, and Direct Mentions makes it easy to access them. In the menu we have a Jump to Top button, View My Profile, Exit, and Settings, but I’ll touch on the these next in Customization.

Chris – OK, I do see your point here. This app opens up beautifully, and the UI does look nice even compared to other apps. I do like the fact that we see a drop down from every screen for ease of use in sending out new tweets. The scrolling is indeed a bug that needs to be fixed before I would use this app solely. Having tweet options show up underneath a selected tweet is another nice feature that we don’t see anywhere else and that definitely gives a slight edge to Touiteur. The integrated browser actually works better than most other apps available, and its a definite plus to have picture preview. This will be a huge game changer for most people.

Customization

Josh – The customization options in Touiteur are daunting, to say the least. The menu starts off letting you manage your twitter accounts, and set your own custom color for your tweets. Touiteur Premium offers an integrated browser for viewing images and links, which is handy and faster than booting up whatever browser you use. Included is the option to show real names or user names, Send on enter, refresh automatically after posting – which I find handy – and turn on or off Mention integration. As far as notifications go, it’s pretty basic. Background updates and notifications, Start on boot, average update intervals, as well as notifications on new tweets, mentions, or DM’s each of which you can turn off. One cool feature of Touiteur is you can set the LED color that flashes when you receive a notification, as well as a really, really loud bird tweet ring-tone. User colors is my absolute favorite feature of Touiteur, as it gives each user their own individual color, making it much easier to find particular peoples tweets. You can also set User Colors from peoples profiles, so if someones is too bright or too close to another, you can change it up if you like. This app runs the gambit of picture services, and you can also backup and restore your Touiteur settings to your SD card. Even going back and forth between other apps, I always come back to this, as I find it offers the most options in the best ways.

Chris – This is an area in which I thought I would see a more structured look. The options seem to be wrapped together in 5 or 6 different menus, which may seem a little tedious for some, like myself. I like the color options so that I can darken up the lighter stock UI, however I find it out of control to change the user color settings simply for the fact that it will turn my timeline into a gigantic rainbow. Literally. All in all there are more settings here when it all boils down, so I’m sure most of you would love this app if you’re into customizing the look and feel of your apps.


Overall Experience

Josh – Overall, I love Touiteur Premium, as it offers every option I’m looking for in a twitter application. From user colors to UI, I use Touiteur 98% of the time.

Chris – I can honestly say I do enjoy using this app. I can also say that I still feel guilty using it because I believe there are better apps out there. The UI, the Customization, and the overall feel are actually very well perceived, I just feel like I get a better look, with similar feel and better scrolling using others.

Pros – Integrated browser – Tweet from any screen – Auto-complete hashtags and @’s – Notification customizations – Nice options for changing the look of the UI – Good overall experience

Cons – Scrolling issues – Settings are a little over-organized into multiple menus – Auto-picks user colors so some could be similar

Price – $3.07 USD (£1.99)

Twicca Beta

UI

Chris - This app is gorgeous! From the moment you open the app your taken directly to a gorgeous black and white time line with big, bold avatars and 4 bottom row icons for New Tweet, Mentions, Direct Messages, and Refresh. Scrolling through this app is lightning fast, with absolutely zero lag and the entire viewing experience is just so sharp and crystal clear. Opening a new tweet brings up a huge text box outlines in red which really gives a sharp edge to the overall experience. Typing @, and # will bring up an auto complete however it is very buggy. This app is still in Beta so I have to take that into consideration. Attaching photo’s and video’s is as easy as clicking the paperclip inside your new message. I haven’t had any issues uploading pictures, however in your timeline there is no picture preview which is a little disheartening for such a beautiful looking app. Like other apps there is a built in browser for viewing pictures and links easily which works very well and I found to be faster than most others.

Josh – I do have to say Chris, you hit the nail right on the head. As soon as you open Twicca, you fall right into a dark, easy-on-the-eyes interface. The black makes the avatars pop out well, and the images are sharp and clear. The auto-complete definitely needs some work, maybe a cached list of users or something. It only takes about 7-8 seconds, but that’s about 5-6 seconds too long for me, personally. As Twicca is in Beta, I’m not too worried, as this is surely something to be improved upon. The attachment service to tweets is great, however the lack of picture preview seems odd for an application that thought of everything else. The buttons also seem kind of plain, but it kind of meshes with the rest of the application, so I’ll let that slide.

Customization

Chris – There are quite a few setting changes you could make to customize your experience inside of Twicca. Time line settings allow you to change the position in coming from screen to screen as well as displaying the current date, user name or profile picture on and off, and tweet colors. The built in browser can be changed back to your native browser on your device. We can also incorporate the volume buttons into scrolling or non scrolling buttons for various time lines. Color label settings allow for changing the tweet color of certain users as you wish which is a great feature if you have multiple people you want to view easily. One extra setting I personally like is the ability to change or edit your profile image and information. The last interesting setting is the plug-in feature. These are separate free Twicca plug-ins which will incorporate your Facebook, Buzztter, Picasa, Twitpic, and Flickr directly into your timeline.

Josh – I think the hardware button incorporation was an awesome and surprising feature to see in Twicca. The Color Labels I love, however having to set them to each individual user makes it an almost pointless task if you’re following a lot of people. Twicca should look into taking a page out of Touiteur’s book for that, and get the auto-assigned colors, but maybe with a bit more variance. The profile editor is completely awesome, as most of the other applications we’ve looked at have only really had an avatar editor. I’m glad you mentioned the plug-ins, as this is something that kind of bothered me. In the Market, you can see Twicca has several plug-ins, for anything from Facebook to Picassa, which is neat because this could be a very good social experience app, however, why aren’t these built in? Why not just include them and have an already integrated experience? I understand that not everyone wants certain add-ons, but still. If you’ve already coded it, why not just keep it in the application?

Overall Experience

Chris – I genuinely love this app. I love the look, I love the integration, and the scrolling is so smooth it just gives an overall excellent user experience. There are some bugs which need to be fixed, but again being a Beta app we can expect updates to come along and address these issues.

Josh – I enjoyed using Twicca. I think the the feature that sets this apart from the other applications is the inclusion of the hardware buttons into the user experience, which is definitely something you can find many other places. I wouldn’t call it my number 1, but definitely up there. By the time Twicca comes out of Beta, it’s definitely something I’ll be taking a second look at this as my main application.

Pros – Free app! – Great looking UI – Lots of custom options – Incredibly fast scrolling – Seamless integration

Cons – Still some bugs to work out – Direct Messages are sometimes hard to initiate – App will force close from time to time – Plug-ins not included from install

Price – Free

TweetCaster

UI

Josh – Right away, I just don’t like this application. It looks cheap and definitely not worth a $4.99 price tag. The UI is basic, and all the “wacky” designs for every button look childish. The way it almost jumps out of your phone, makes me feel like this is some kind of Bizarro Twidroyd, where everything good is bad, and everything bad is good. TweetCaster completely lacks the ‘made-by-Google’ experience, which is great if you really don’t like how Android looks. At the same time, I think it ventures a little too far away from the OS design. However, TweetCaster does offer without a doubt the best in-app browser we’ve seen yet.

Chris – As I open this app I cant help but feel that the UI is very Bright and kind of all in your face. This could be a good or bad depending on your taste. We now see a very, very different representation of a home screen here. Similar to other apps we have 5 icons across the upper middle area of the time line showing quick access to your Home Screen, Mentions, Direct Messages, Favorites, and Lists. There is also an arrow to move you from screen to screen , which seems pointless but there is also a New Tweet button which I believe is positioned properly for the way the UI flows. I’m not very thrilled with this app, and I agree that the price seems very high compared to the quality of other “premium” or “pro” versions. The UI just has a very sporadic feel to it, almost as if it is in very early development.

Customization

Josh - There’s not much here for me to say. You can change the theme and the font size. Notifications are the same as all the others, as well as displaying full names instead of user names. I like that you can change the theme slightly, but it’s really just dark or light with tweets in bubbles or not. I’d like to see some variation from TweetCaster in future updates, possibly new themes and maybe user features.

Chris – Tweetcaster does offer a little bit of decent customization in the fact that you can change the theme of the UI between light, and dark with chats to appear in bubbles, or bars, as shown. You can also display full names which to me means nothing, but as I’ve said before I would imagine some of you would find this to be a positive. The “my Profile” view is actually a great concept, but not well done here as avatars will show very pixelated and there is no room for any changing items.

Overall Experience

Josh – I hated it. For $4.99, TweetCaster offers absolutely nothing over any of the other (cheaper!) applications. The only real saving grace here is it’s integrated browser is awesome, and I’d like to see something similar to it in other applications.

Chris – Hate is such a strong word. I am more disappointed that one of the most expensive apps available is actually one of the worst across all categories. Maybe we will see some future updates, but who really knows. For the time that this app has been out I would have liked to see a more fluent, and cleaner experience.

Pros – Integrated browser – Simple settings – Easy to use if you’re new to Twitter

Cons – Lack of customization – Not a very streamlined experience – May be a bit over valued

Price – $4.99 USD

TweetDeck Beta

UI

Chris – Tweetdeck was made available in Beta form to Android users a couple weeks ago and I couldn’t be happier. Even though this app is still in Beta form, it already does an amazing job bringing the Desktop experience to your device. There are still some bugs to be worked out, but overall this UI is gorgeous, and runs very fast. You open up to the home view which is your main timeline, along with 4 buttons located at the bottom of the screen for New Tweet, Favorites, Search, and Google Maps. Mentions and Direct Messages are fully integrated here so there’s no reason to ever leave. Modeled after the popular desktop version you have multiple columns available. Swipe to the right and you’ll reach your mentions. One more swipe right and you’re at your Direct Messages. One quick drawback is that settings must be selected for every column separately. This might seem like a pain for notifications as there is no way to set these all at once, but this is actually kind of helpful. For example, I could have my timeline set to 15 minute refreshes, with my Mentions, and Direct Messages set to refresh every 3 minutes. Another bonus with Tweetdeck is its Facebook, and Foursquare integration. Facebook and Foursquare updates will also be integrated directly into your timeline and those updates will show in a rich “Facebook” blue, and lighter “Foursquare” blue. It actually looks very nice, and for someone like me who rarely checks my Facebook or Foursquare app this is a great way to stay in touch with what’s going on.

Josh – Right off the bat, I love the polish. I like black in most applications, but the gray looks absolutely amazing. TweetDeck is by far the most visually appealing application we’ve looked at. The home / timeline view is solid. The New Tweet box looks great, and the selection for multiple accounts is easy and quick, all you do is click the boxes to the accounts you’d like to use. The columns and swipes make it easy to transfer between Tweets, Mentions and Direct Messages. One interesting feature to note is there isn’t any timestamps in Tweets. Instead, TweetDeck simply has the time of Tweets in the top menu, which I think is awesome. The notification in-app is great too, adding a yellow area to the sidebar and the “Home / Mentions / Direct Messages” to let you know there’s something new there. When I first saw that you had to set each columns settings separately, I was a little disappointed, but after a short time, it’s great! The ability to have each of them update at different intervals is great for someone like me who’s not on an unlimited data plan and only want certain things checked quickly. The Facebook integration is nice, but outside of likes and comments, it doesn’t compare to Facebook for Android. However, I totally agree with you Chris, the ‘royal blue’ look that the Facebook updates have in TweetDeck look great, and compliment the overall visuals of the UI perfectly.

Customization

Chris – There is definitely not much going on here in the means of settings, but to be honest, there doesn’t need to be. The first setting I noticed is the option to change the text size which is something that most Twitter apps have, but this is a little different. Here you can actually choose a specific font size with a preview instead of just Small, Medium and Large. This is perfect for me because having the smaller font allows more messages on this giant Droid X screen. You can also refresh, check multiple accounts, change your current columns settings, and even quit the app. So far one of my favorite settings in Tweetdeck is the Favorites menu located at the bottom of your columns. When you click this icon you’re taken to a screen showing 12 boxes in which you could add user profiles from Twitter, Facebook, and Foursquare for easy viewing. There is also a search for all friends, and a twitter profile look-up. This works out well for me because I can have my closest friends and team members always a click away. Like I said, not much else in the way of custom settings, but with the look and feel of the app there really isn’t a necessity for it either.

Josh - Customization doesn’t seem to be a big priority for the developers, as there’s literally nowhere to change the look of the this application. However, with an app as pretty as TweetDeck, there doesn’t necessarily need to be a whole lot of customization. At the same, time everyone likes to put their own little flair into their tech, so it will be nice further into the Beta to see maybe a few things we could change. Themes, user colors, other features? Who knows. The text size feature is nice, as you get to preview it while you adjust, which is great. My absolute favorite feature of this application, and possibly my favorite feature out of ANY of these applications (Chris, you spoiled it for me!) is the Favorites option. Adding a quick list for #FF’s or just friends you’d like to follow is great, and handier than finding them in your followers list. However, any image you add seems to blur or distort compared to the timeline view. Because of this snag, I’m hesitant to call this application perfect.


Overall Experience

Chris – This app is very fast, and works very well for being in early Beta. Yes there are some bugs, but they are surprisingly minimal. I have been using this app for the last couple days, and I am very impressed by it. While I normally go for the black and white UI, I love the overall feel of this app. Tweetdeck definitely impressed me enough to continue to use it over all other apps available.

Josh – Great application. Using TweetDeck for the last few days has been a solid experience. The UI is nothing short of mouth watering polish and clarity. With my only negative being the blur on images in the Favorites tab, this app gets a solid “Yes!” for me. TweetDeck has without a doubt bumped itself up to exclusive use for me.

Pros – Free app! Gorgeous UI. Facebook and Foursquare Integration is seamless and beautiful – Favorites column is a brilliant – Notifications work very well – Picture Preview is super fast with zero lag – Scrolling is super fast and very responsive

Cons - Not many customization options – Settings for each column becomes a bit tedious – blurry / distorted images in the Favorites tab

Price – Free (not yet available in the market, as it is a beta. Grab it here!)

Seesmic

UI

Chris – When I first opened this app I felt as though I wasn’t going to like it. Within 5 minutes of playing around I was hooked. You open up to your main time line like most, with 4 icons across the top of the screen for Time Line, Replies, Messages, and Profile. All of the screens have a white and gray look to them with a red bar located at the very top which will take you to the top of your view. The Replies will show in baby blue, with Messages showing in a tame yellow color. Viewing your profile is a simple way to view all of your information instantly by clicking the upper icon. This is a very responsive and very pleasing UI. Navigating anywhere you want to go easily is a huge plus. Although a semi basic look, I do like the gray, white, and red combination.

Josh – As much as I was hoping I wouldn’t, I’m going to side with you. I had the same gut feeling right away. However, after 5 minutes, I’m sticking with my feeling, I still don’t like it. The scrolling is fast, but seems kind of gummy at first, like it sticks for a second. The replies / retweets / DM’s integrate nicely into the timeline and the jump to top at the top of the screen is a nice touch. I really like the profile layout, but not enough to keep me coming back for more. The gray and red are nice, but as a fan of darker themes it’s not really for me.

Customization

Chris – There are a lot of good options here for changing some of the notification settings, as well as picture and video services and of course the URL-shortening service used. There is not much in the way of changing the look, although there is an option specifically called “Look and Feel”. Inside you’ll find number of messages, remember position, and text size. No options here for theme or user colors. Not much else going on, but you can also add your Google Buzz account which may or may not be a benefit to some of you. There is picture preview in the timeline here which in my opinion is a must that some other apps do not yet offer.

Josh - Outside of notifications, there’s not a whole lot of customizable options. They run the regular Tweets, Replies, Direct Messages, flash on notifications, etc. This actually reminds me of a better looking TweetCaster as far as features go. Adding a Google Buzz account is good I guess, if you use it.

Overall Experience

Chris – I could see myself using this app exclusively. The overall experience is a good one. Yes, there are some missing features, but again there is always a give and take with Twitter apps in general. The ease of use and general color scheme will definitely work for a lot of you who just want a solid working app with some nice features, and hopefully more to come. If you’re heavy into customization then I would checkout one of the other applications available.

Josh – I have to disagree with you, I could not see myself using only this application. Just due to the lack of features and customization in comparison to some of the other applications we’ve looked at, this doesn’t really measure up. The color scheme, picture preview, and profile view are the only things I can say I enjoyed about this application.

Pros - Quick scrolling – Picture Preview in timeline – Overall a great experience and solid app

Cons – No options for customizing theme colors – Generally basic looking UI

Price – Free


Recommendations

Chris - Tweetdeck! As much as I love Twidroyd, The overall experience with Tweetdeck for me was a hands down winner. The ability to incorporate Facebook and Foursquare is a perfect fit for the look and feel of this app. Picture preview for me is an absolute must and Tweetdeck does this perfectly. The scrolling is fluent and very responsive. The color scheme looks excellent, and completely flows with the device. While there aren’t that many options for customization, there absolutely does not need to be. This app is has only been available for a couple short weeks, and already we have seen great progress with more to come.

Josh – TweetDeck for me. I love Touiteur, but there’s something about TweetDeck. The UI is slick, tight, fast, and looks great. The colors are good, and make the application look classy, polished, and well made. The inclusion of Facebook and Foursquare puts it an over-the-top winner for me. The customization is slightly lacking, but again, this comes with Beta apps, I’m sure we’ll see bigger, better, and top notch things from the makers of TweetDeck.


We hope this has been helpful to you, and will make your decision easier. Drop us a comment below and let us know your thoughts. What’s your favorite Twitter app for Android and why? What features would you like to see added in future updates?


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Hamilton, Ontario, born and raised. I’m the oldest of two, really into the tech scene. Like my Macbook, Live for my Xbox 360, and LOVE my phones. I work for a large Canadian Telecomm company by day, and a Gizmo Ninja editor by night. I’ve jumped around every mobile OS I can get my hands on, including Symbian, Windows Mobile, WP7, BlackBerry, iOS, Android, etc. Current devices include the HTC Desire Z, HTC Desire HD, Motorola Milestone, HTC HD7, LG Optimus Quantum, and my daily device is my Motorola Atrix.

  • Anas says:

    Thank you guys, this is a nice artical to read.
    when I read the conclusion I’ve notice Josh has same opinion I have. I love Touiteur, but there is something with tweetdeck. fast and integrated facebook, that’s what make me use tweetdeck and have a shortcut rather than touiteur.

  • Anas says:

    Thank you guys, this is a nice artical to read.
    when I read the conclusion I’ve notice Josh has same opinion I have. I love Touiteur, but there is something with tweetdeck. fast and integrated facebook, that’s what make me use tweetdeck and have a shortcut rather than touiteur.

    • Chris Bogart says:

      Thank you for checking out the article. I’m glad you enjoyed it. We couldn’t agree more about Tweetdeck and all that it has to offer. Be sure to check back for more news and reviews. We also did a Tweetdeck modification you should check out on our front page!

    • Chris Bogart says:

      Thank you for checking out the article. I’m glad you enjoyed it. We couldn’t agree more about Tweetdeck and all that it has to offer. Be sure to check back for more news and reviews. We also did a Tweetdeck modification you should check out on our front page!

  • Anas says:

    Thank you guys, this is a nice artical to read.
    when I read the conclusion I’ve notice Josh has same opinion I have. I love Touiteur, but there is something with tweetdeck. fast and integrated facebook, that’s what make me use tweetdeck and have a shortcut rather than touiteur.

    • Chris Bogart says:

      Thank you for checking out the article. I’m glad you enjoyed it. We couldn’t agree more about Tweetdeck and all that it has to offer. Be sure to check back for more news and reviews. We also did a Tweetdeck modification you should check out on our front page!

  • plainbrad says:

    Sad that twidroyd didn’t make the list. I’ve tried multiple twitter clients and keep going back to twidroid.

    • Chris Bogart says:

      Twidroyd is second on the list man, and my 2nd favorite client. We just gave an overview of the Pro version to show and explain the extra features. I had always gone back to Twidroyd myself, until Tweetdeck became stronger. Now that our team has made Tweetdark which is a dark skin for Tweetdeck it looks very similar to the way I had my Twidroyd set up. Thanks for checking out the article!

    • Chris Bogart says:

      Twidroyd is second on the list man, and my 2nd favorite client. We just gave an overview of the Pro version to show and explain the extra features. I had always gone back to Twidroyd myself, until Tweetdeck became stronger. Now that our team has made Tweetdark which is a dark skin for Tweetdeck it looks very similar to the way I had my Twidroyd set up. Thanks for checking out the article!

  • plainbrad says:

    Sad that twidroyd didn’t make the list. I’ve tried multiple twitter clients and keep going back to twidroid.

  • plainbrad says:

    Sad that twidroyd didn’t make the list. I’ve tried multiple twitter clients and keep going back to twidroid.

    • Chris Bogart says:

      Twidroyd is second on the list man, and my 2nd favorite client. We just gave an overview of the Pro version to show and explain the extra features. I had always gone back to Twidroyd myself, until Tweetdeck became stronger. Now that our team has made Tweetdark which is a dark skin for Tweetdeck it looks very similar to the way I had my Twidroyd set up. Thanks for checking out the article!