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iPhone Gems: The Complete Guide to All 33 Twitter Apps

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LaTwit from mac65.com

LaTwit ($3) is a more recent addition to the App Store, and provides a client for both reading, browsing and posting to Twitter. LaTwit has a relatively unique interface design, breaking down your Twitter information into the general Public feed, the feed for those you are following, your own tweets, and any public replies directed to you. Unread item counts appear over each category. LaTwit does not currently support any means of searching Twitter directly.

LaTwit also provides the ability to rearrange the button bar at the bottom, similar to Tweetsville and the built-in iPod application; to do this simply tap the Edit button in the top-right corner of the “More” screen.


LaTwit supports multiple Twitter accounts, as well as Twit Army and Identi.ca accounts. Rather than making you switch between accounts, LaTwit aggregates information from all of your configured accounts into each of your respective timelines. You can control which accounts are displayed in each timeline from the individual account settings.


Tapping on a user’s avatar in any of the timelines will display detailed information about that user, including options for following or unfollowing the user, hiding them from your timelines within LaTwit, marking individual tweets as favorites or following reply threads between tweets.


When posting new tweets, you can choose which account you would like to post the tweet from, add a link to your present location, or insert a photo from the iPhone camera or your saved photo library.


LaTwit also includes a few more advanced settings, including the ability to adjust your font size, adjust the background transparency of the UI and several other options. Notably, LaTwit provides you with the option to choose which URL shortening service you would like to use when posting URLs.


LaTwit also supports both portrait and landscape mode throughout the user interface, including support for a landscape keyboard when posting new tweets. Several other more advanced features are also available in the application’s settings, such as pulling in data from an XMPP server such as Jabber or Google Talk. LaTwit’s unique user interface with support for landscape mode certainly has some appeal, and its ability to aggregate multiple Twitter accounts is definitely an advantage for those users who need this functionality. However, the lack of any ability for searching Twitter combined with its $3 price tag leaves it a bit behind some of the other apps we’ve looked at. iLounge Rating: B.

SimplyTweet from MotionObj

As the name suggests, SimplyTweet ($4) is a very simple Twitter client without a lot of additional bells and whistles. The application itself is divided into only three screens: your main friends timeline, your public replies, and a search screen. Tweets are shown in each timeline using an iChat-style user interface.

Tapping on a tweet opens it in a conversation thread view where you can follow the entire conversation if it is part of a conversation; otherwise the tweet is simply shown by itself.


Tapping the blue arrow beside each tweet will give you the option to reply to that tweet or open any links contained in that tweet.


Tapping on a user’s avatar opens up a screen with more information on that user, showing their recent tweets and showing you a button that you can use to either follow or stop following the user.


Posting a new tweet presents a simple text entry dialog box. A character count is provided, as well as a trashcan button to clear your text and start over; no advanced features such as attaching photos or location information is provided here.


The search feature in SimplyTweet is similarly straightforward. A search dialog box is presented, you enter some text, and the results are displayed in a similar timeline view. No advanced search features such as location-based searching or listing top trends is supported. SimplyTweet is also missing any support for viewing your received direct messages.

SimplyTweet is a minimalist Twitter client, and its clean and simple interface may appeal to a certain type of user. However, in our opinion its $4 asking price is far too high in comparison to similar applications such as Tweetie that deliver considerably more and still provide a very clean and user-friendly design. iLounge Rating: C-.

NatsuLion from Takuma Mori

NatsuLion (Free) provides both Twitter browsing and basic posting features, although it lacks any kind of Twitter search support. As with other Twitter clients we’ve looked at, NatsuLion presents multiple pages for your different information, in this case divided into your main Friends timeline, your public replies and direct messages, your sent messages, and an additional view for tracking unread tweets.

NatsuLion integrates both public replies and direct messages that you have received into a single Replies timeline, color-coding them by type.


Tapping on an individual tweet will display that tweet in detail with options to reply to the tweet or mark it as a favorite. Links within the tweet to either Twitter user names or URLs are displayed as a list beneath the tweet. Tapping on a URL will open it in NatsuLion’s built-in browser, while tapping on a Twitter user name will open a search for that user. NatsuLion also provides the ability to search on multiple user names which appear within a Tweet, including the originator of the tweet.


Only basic posting capabilities are provided in NatsuLion, with a character count, but no advanced posting features such as the ability to update your location or post photo links.


NatsuLion also provides additional settings for further customization, including the ability to open links directly in Safari instead of NatsuLion’s own browser, enable auto-refresh of your Twitter feeds, and a unique “shake-to-fullscreen” feature where you can switch to a full-screen view simply by shaking your device.


NatsuLion is a reasonably good basic Twitter client, particularly considering its free price tag, but it offers nothing particularly interesting beyond its unique UI design. iLounge Rating: B.


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Nice to see my app of choice twitterfon being highly recommended by ilounge :)

Posted by Alicia Bankhofer on February 25, 2009 at 5:11 PM (CST)


I disagree. ;) No way does Twitterrific Pro get a D. It’s missing some advanced features and doesn’t filter replies. BUT it’s the best app for straightup reading and occasional replies - both UI and stability. Tweetie crashed on me today and also posted a tweet before I finished typing it. Never have I had that happen in Twitterrific Pro. (My top three are those two and Twitterfon.)

There are actually more apps than just these for accessing Twitter. This looks to be a list of *deicated* Twitter apps.

Posted by DaveZatz on February 25, 2009 at 7:28 PM (CST)


I wish the ratings didn’t take the price tag of the apps into consideration, something they obviously do here.

Either that, or break down each app’s rating into the various criteria provided.

I’d be happy to pay up to $50 for an app whose user interface, user friendliness, and feature repertoire all score A+, than for a $1 app that has fewer features, poorer UI, and lacks in user friendliness.

Don’t rate the price. Just rate the rest, and leave it up to the individual consumer to decide whether the price tag is worth it or not.

Posted by Finnyboy on February 26, 2009 at 8:24 PM (CST)


#3, we give the price the weight we feel it deserves. No one is paying $50 for iPhone apps, and we have no interest in seeing that change by ignoring the importance of price relative to the performance of apps we review. In other words, feel free to re-rate the products for yourself based on the rest of the information provided, and whatever your own criteria may be for balancing their weight.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on February 26, 2009 at 9:50 PM (CST)


Tried a few mentioned here, settled on TwitterFon, more feature rich than it seems on the surface, particularly like the GeoLocation search feature.

Posted by Dave Fowler on February 27, 2009 at 5:08 AM (CST)


With regards to the pricing considerations in the ratings, bear in mind that if we really did find a $10 app that did sufficiently more than a $1 app, the ratings would definitely reflect that.  However, when you have a more expensive app that does nothing more than the free options that are available, this is reflected in the rating as well.

For example, both Tweetie and Twitterfon received the same very high rating, despite Twitterfon being free, since Tweetie delivers value for its $3 price tag.

On the other hand, Twitterrific Premium received a D simply because it delivers nothing for its steep price, particularly considering the developer also offers a nearly-identical ad-supported free version. If you like Twitterrific enough that you want to buy the Premium version as a “donation” to the developer, them by all means feel free to do so, but we can’t in good faith state that the app provides good value for your money in comparison to the rest of the options out there.

To put it another way: The higher the price tag of an app, the more we expect from it. Our ratings reflect where apps fail to meet those expectations.

Posted by Jesse Hollington in Toronto on February 27, 2009 at 6:41 AM (CST)


I use both tweetie and twitterfon and I am curious about something.

Does twitterfon support multiple accounts?

I didn’t see it in the review and no place online says it.

does anyone know?

Posted by Mike Coogan on March 13, 2009 at 11:43 PM (CDT)


I have only used TwitterFon so I don’t know if the rest have this problem… but it crashes easily (especially with links to some particular sites like the Wall Street Journal tweets).  It would be great if it didn’t crash.  I guess for the price though I shouldn’t complain because otherwise it is an excellent app.  But for the crashing issue it well deserves that high rating.

Posted by Rufus on March 24, 2009 at 10:07 AM (CDT)


This great review is in desperate need of a refresh…Twittelator and Twitterrific are both at version 2.0…Twitterrific with a huge price drop as well.  Meanwhile, Tweetie and TwitterFon haven’t changed, while Twittelator offers more options than any other iPhone Twitter app, and Twitteriffic’s updates now make it equal or better than TwitterFon or Tweetie, in my opinion.

Let’s have a Part 2 update of this review.  It was a good one!

Posted by Doctor on May 20, 2009 at 11:22 PM (CDT)


Agree with #9 go for part2 of this review, not only a lot of upgrades, also new very interesting apps like Landscape Twitting!

Posted by Kigonjiro on July 22, 2009 at 4:48 PM (CDT)

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