Slices for Twitter for iPhone review

Slices is a beautiful new iPhone Twitter client and it's unlike any Twitter client you've seen before. It's loaded with features, has a gorgeous look, and is extremely responsive. But its killer feature, and the reason for its name, is its ability to chop up your timeline into mini user-created feeds called Slices.

The first thing you're probably wondering is, how does a "Slice" differ from a "List"? Lists are something you create and maintain, and are stored on Twitter's servers as part of your Twitter account. Slices are also something you create and maintain, but they're stored on Slices' web site. That might sound redundant, and there's certainly a confusing amount of overlap, but in theory Slices should be faster, easier, more granular, and more powerful than Lists. For example, Slices does conveniently, automatically create Tech & Science, Celebs, and TV & Movies Slices. They'll also create carefully curated Slices around other things that might be of interest, like live events, let you carve up your timeline in mini-feed Slices, and offer you up a variety of other Slice categories.

Slices for Twitter is actually a very beautiful and fast Twitter client. A lot of thought was put into its design and it's incredibly responsive. One of my favorite features is that along the top of the timeline, there are tabs for home, mentions, and direct messages. Tapping one of these does not switch your timeline view, but quickly pops up a little box that displays the desired Tweets. If you want to change your main timeline view, you can do so via the left side-panel.

Slices also has a mute feature called Zip It. With Zip It, you can choose to have any user, #trend, or keyword temporarily hidden from your timeline. Unzipping is very easy and quick to do.

The Explore feature of Slices is a bunch of popular Twitter users separated into sections. Along the top is a left-to-right scrollable list of sections and tapping on one will show the users in that list. Some sections are further separated into categories. For example, the Sports section has categories for Headlines, NFL Football, Baseball, MBA basketball, etc. One of the sections that many people may find useful is Live Events.

Slices is available for free, but is ad-supported. The ads can be removed with an in-app purchase for $4.99. Unfortunately, Slices doesn't support push notifications.

The good

  • Gorgeous
  • Blazing fast
  • Explore sections and categories of users
  • Live Events stream
  • Shortcuts to you popups of your timeline
  • Zip It feature (mute)
  • Bookmark your favorite Twitters users and lists

The bad

  • Does not support push notifications
  • What's the advantage of creating a Slice?

The bottom line

The first thing that popped into my head when I launched Slices for Twitter was "ohhhh! Pretty!" I'm definitely a big fan of its looks. Next, I become incredibly confused (and still am) about the appeal of creating a Slice when I already have Lists. Further, why would I spend time creating a Slice when it's not going to be carried over to any other Twitter clients I may choose to use? But after I moved on and starting diving into everything else in Slices, I was continually more and more impressed. It's filled with the "little things" that, together, create a beautiful experience. Not to mention -- it's smoking fast. Since Slices is free to download, I recommend all Twitter users as least give it a try. What do you have to lose?

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Leanna Lofte

App and Photography Editor at iMore. Mother, wife, and math instructor. Follow her on Twitter @llofte and send her apps to consider for review at iosapps@imore.com

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There are 23 comments. Add yours.

9thWonder says:

Tried it. I like that it's free. i kinda like the idea of slices. I did find moving around it a bit confusing. I did not delete it though. I'll give it a try. i'm sure they'll add stuff. i did find using it not the most intuitive but i'm not exactly the best at twitter. But it comes off a bit busy for my eye.

i did not like that there's ads in the free version though. but hey they gotta make money so whatever.

sidenote. i thought of slices as basically like folders for grouping your follows. So maybe one for athletes, one for tech writers, one for friends and family. Is that correct? That's how i saw it but maybe i was wrong.

damenace says:

Seems like a cool client, but $5 for an ad-free twitter app with no push? Why would anyone want that when there's other apps that offer push for less or no money?

ctt1wbw says:

Will you people stop with the push thing? You can set up sms notifications on Twitter's website. Instant FREE push notifications. I've been doing this for a long long time, so no matter what Twitter app I'm using, I get FREE push notifications.

And yes, I bought Slices. Probably the nicest one I have.

ransonju says:

It's only free if you don't pay for text messages. I'm assuming most people do.

damenace says:

Not everyone wants or likes having to use a twitter app and SMS to get @ mentions. Especially when there's plenty of clients that offer push.

Slices is a great app and I would pay the $5 if it had push. But as a power user, it's way too annoying for me to go back and forth when I could just use tweetbot or Tweetings apps and save myself the hassle.

ctt1wbw says:

What's the difference between an sms notification and an in-app push notification? They both perform the same thing.

damenace says:

Personal preference. It's not fast enough for me. There's better ways of doing it already out there.

jlewsader says:

The difference is you now using TWO apps to do what ONE should. You either have to open Messages to read the notification or, at the least, mark as read/delete it.... Then open your Twitter client to reply/delete/mark as read/whatever

damenace says:

Yes! Exactly!! I tweet way too much to be doing all that!!

Heisenberg says:

Because I can tap on the notification from the app and it'll take me directly to the mention in the app.

Leanna Lofte says:

This is exactly what I was going to say. Also. A text is intrusive. I want texts to be intrusive (modal popups). I don't want twitter stuff to be intrusive. Twitter notifications just pop up on the top of the screen. Both of these reasons make notifications way better than sms.

ctt1wbw says:

True, but I can open the sms app and look at a whole line of replies, direct messages, and anything else without having to use my Twitter api calls. Doing it this way, I don't have to worry about complaining that a great twitter app doesn't have push notifications and I can continue to use it. And sms notifications are just as fast as in-app notifications, honestly.

ransonju says:

I'll keep an eye on the updates for this one. Nice interface, but the "add to Pocket" workflow is terrible. You have to tap the tweet, tap the link, wait for the in-app browser, tap the action button, tap Pocket, then tap back twice to finally get back to your timeline. You should be able to do this from the timeline with a couple taps (or it should be in the action button after long pressing the tweet).

Or I'm just missing something...

Piercey says:

What is the difference between "slices" and lists?

Evan1000 says:

The Slices feature is sort of a filter actually based on the people you follow, allowing you to view subsets (sort of like just looking at tweets have pictures or links, etc.). Lists don't have anything to do with who you actually follow. They could be used in similar ways perhaps, but we found that very few actually use or know how to use Lists. But for those that like Lists, Slices provides far more List functionality than I have seen elsewhere. Where else can you find a directory that includes Lists, or search for Lists, or copy/edit and make someone else's List your own (or instantly add someone to your List or Slice)? We really like Lists, but thought they could be improved quite a bit. The "Slices" feature is only one small part of the Slices product. Thanks. Evan.

Evan1000 says:

Thanks for the review and feedback. This was the very first release of course. Slices is packed with things well beyond the "Slices" feature. That particular feature can be used differently than Lists, but for those that prefer using Lists, you might enjoy the ability to search for Lists for example. Not easy to find that capability elsewhere. I am very biased, but I think you will find a lot of goodness inside Slices. Evan - OneLouder

ransonju says:

Any feedback on my Pocket question above? Thanks!

Evan1000 says:

Agree on your Pocket comments and will address (this is an iOS issue for us by the way.....still implementing on Android for release). We did this poorly IMO and are fixing. Thanks. Evan.

ZeroLeonheart says:

I tried it and it crashed twice after it took 3 minutes to load all of the info from my account. I'll try it again in a few months after its growing pains. It was really cool for the time I used it.

Evan1000 says:

Would appreciate it if you contacted support/or our @onelouderapps twitter account and let us know what device, but I certainly understand the frustration. Thanks. Evan.

iArnie says:

The best part of this review is seeing the Tweeter named Moist Crotch in the 2nd photo.

mustangboy88 says:

you can follow Moist Crotch @analpurses LOL Sometimes Twitter can be too public.

mustangboy88 says:

Just load the default twitter app for push notifications. That's what I do to push when certain people I follow tweet something, which alot of other Twitter apps don't do. Yes, you have a second app, but just hide it and clear it out when you get around to it.