Tweetings for iPad is a relatively new Twitter client. It comes not only for iPad, but iPhone and Mac as well (we'll look at the iPhone version next time). Tweetings is all around a very full featured Twitter client. It has everything from unread tweet management, geolocation tagging, now playing, nearby tweets, and even push notifications.
Tweetings has also recently been updated to support iOS 4 and iPhone 4. The update also fixed a couple bugs including one that really irked me -- scrolling. It only did it with certain themes but it was irritating nonetheless. The problem seems to have disappeared since the update.
Read on for a breakdown, pics, and how you can win a free copy of Tweetings for iPad!
For the most part, Tweetings should be very familiar to you if you've used clients such as Twitter for iPhone (formerly Tweetie 2). Tweetings comes complete with pull down to refresh and even carries familiar UI elements to Twitter/Tweetie 2. To me, that's part of what I really loved. The UI isn't completely overdone. I'm a fan of simple and elegant; a streamlined UI is typically what wins me over. It's typically the reason I've stuck with Twitter for iPhone, the interface and simplicity.
Don't let Tweetings completely fool you though, it may look simple but it carries some pretty advanced features. It also has native push. I attempted to test this by keeping Boxcar active and the push for Tweetings. For the most part, it was touch and go. Sometimes Boxcar would chime in first, other times Tweetings would. I'm only going to assume this has to do with how busy both servers are at any given time. Either way, I'd call it a pretty fair fight.
From the screenshot above, you can see how Tweetings also has a feature that will allow me to combine two users timelines together. It's very similar to a conversation type feature, but I somewhat like it better. Say I wasn't sure what Leanna was replying to, well if she @ replied me with any tweet, and not that specific one, a conversation tool wouldn't pick that up, where completely combining our timelines, I can easily read through and pick out what she was talking about. This to me is extremely useful and intuitive.
Direct Messages are also now grouped by user, which I prefer. No one likes scrolling through pages of direct messages searching for something. I believe this was implemented in the most recent update as well.
The iPad version also has a quickpost feature which I like quite a bit. It just brings a little box down and monitors your characters. If you'd like to attach a photo or other type of media, just go to the regular compose screen.
Clicking on a user's display picture will also present you with a quick view of ways you can interact with that user, which I find extremely useful.
You can also click on the physical tweet to be presented with several more options including seeing that users profile, location, and of course, your combined timelines.
There's also a lot of fun extras I found within Tweetings such as TweetCost, a spam reporter, and a block feature. You can also tweet now playing, which will probably be a fun feature for a lot of users.
Overall, I'd say Tweetings is an all-around solid choice. I experienced a few bugs here and there, but the developer seems pretty quick to fix them. He can also be found on twitter with the handle @Tweetingsapp. He's very responsive to issues and questions. So if you're in the market for a Twitter client or you're bored of your current one, I'd have no issues telling you to give Tweetings a try. It's very reasonably priced for what it is. If you decide to take it for a spin, or currently use it, let us know your thoughts in the comments!
- Reasonably priced
- Tons of basic and advanced features
- Lots of extras
- Great developer support and frequent updates
- Available across 3 platforms
- Built-in push that actually works
- Experienced a few crashed in the iPad version
- Sometimes conversation view doesn't catch everything
- Settings panel could be simplified just a bit, it could be a bit overwhelming to Twitter beginners
Want a free copy of Tweetings for iPad? Just leave a comment below telling us what you want in an iPad Twitter client. What feature is most important to you?
(Reminder: Promo codes require a US App Store account -- Apple's rule, not ours! -- and they expire. If you get one, use it quickly!)
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