Twitter has become the newest real-time broadcast platform and we know that you all love to keep up to date with events and friends, but the official Twitter app isn't necessarily the best option, but so we've tried out all of them, and we're bringing you the best of what's available for the iPhone and iPad.
Twitter has a lot of different ways to interact with the community, so not surprisingly, different Twitter clients focus on different parts of the platform. Some, like Tweetlogix, focus on events, or locations. Others, like Slices, tend to focus more on bringing multimedia in tweets to the forefront. And still others like TweetCaster focus more on managing or generating lists that you'll be interested in.
It's a big world of tweets, but here are our picks for the best Twitter apps for iPhone and iPad.
The best Twitter apps for iPhone and iPad
The best Twitter apps for iPhone and iPad
Tweetbot tends to be considered the best of the best. It has tons of great options for power users to dig into your lists or easily find topics and hashtag trends, but the UI is so well designed that even newcomers will be able to get into it.
Tweetbot excels in the UI and navigation where it employs gestures to expand tweets into conversations, and you can set custom gestures.
The only downside to Tweetbot is that the iPhone and iPad apps are separate, so you'll have to pay $2.99 for each rather than a one time cost for a universal app.
TweetCaster is considered one of the best Twitter clients around, but it doesn't necessarily excel in any one category. It has all of the features you would expect from a Twitter client, but without the real power-user options, so it may be a bit more accessible for casual users than Tweetbot would be.
A couple good features of TweetCaster include an option to easily hide tweets and users, in case someone is clogging your feed. And, there is the SmartLists feature which allows you to easily organize the accounts you follow into lists.
TweetCaster is a universal app, so you just have to pay once. There is a free version (which we've put as the link on the previous slide), and a Pro version (linked on this slide).
The Pro version is a bit more expensive than Tweetbot at $4.99, but because the app is universal, if you need it for both iPhone and iPad, you'll end up saving a dollar over buying Tweetbot twice.
Twitbird is a great option for those who like to customize their Twitter experience. Not only can you fully customize your homescreen however you would like, but there are 4 different themes to choose from, and you can set a custom background image to really make the app more cohesive in your iOS world.
Twitbird is a universal app, and it comes in 3 different flavors:
Twitbird Free is ad-supported, and only allows a maximum of two accountsTwitbird Premium is $1.99, and it removes the ads, but leaves the limit of two accounts Twitbird Pro is $2.99, and is also ad-free, but raises the maximum to16 accounts
Twitterific is one of the granddaddies of the 3rd party Twitter scene. It's probably the oldest option on the list, and that means it has had time to mature, so the experience is very smooth. It doesn't have a lot of the extra bells and whistles that you may find elsewhere, but it is great at the basics, and does have VoiceOver support for visually impaired users.
One great feature that comes as part of the Pro version is tweet translations, which will translate tweets into the native language of your device, so the entire world of Twitter is open to you.
Twitterific is a universal app and is free and ad-supported by default, but you can upgrade to Pro which removes the ads, allows multiple accounts, and adds translation services for $4.99. The Pro upgrade is only available as an in-app purchase.
Tweetlogix gets a nod both because it is the cheapest option at just $1.99 for a universal app, but also because of the power of local results and filters. Tweetlogix makes it easy to find nearby tweets with a full map view. And, the filtering options are top notch. Not only can you mute individual tweets, or users, but you can mute all activity from a specific Twitter client as well, so if you don't want to see any more tweets that have been forwarded from Facebook, you don't have to.
Last, but not least is Slices, which is the new kid on the block, but already one of our favorites. As we mentioned in our announcement
of its release, Slices markets itself as a way to browse Twitter more like the broadcast medium that it is. Slices breaks up Twitter into channels by content, location, sources, hashtags, etc, so you can easily find events and trending topics around the world. Slices also automatically organizes your followed users into channels based on general topics of posts.
Slices is also one of the best at bringing multimedia to the forefront by allowing users to filter lists by only those that contain a link to either a photo or video. It is made by the same devs that make TweetCaster.
It's a universal app that has an in-app purchase to go Pro for $5.49.