Tweetly for iPhone: A great Twitter client for beginners and pictures takers

Tweetly for iPhone is a new Twitter client for iPhone that focuses on providing a streamline user experience more than it focuses on containing every feature you could possibly cram into one client. For those that take and share a lot of photos, not only can you easily share your pictures, but edit them too.

The first thing you notice about Tweetly upon launching it is that it's very clean, but at the same time can somewhat feel like a lot of space goes unused. While I like the interface, I feel there needs to be a better balance and it'd be nice to see some of that unused space make way for more useful items like shortcuts to other features. The same can be said about the main tweet view, there's quite a lot of space between tweets that's basically just blank white space. I'd personally rather see that space consolidated to fit more tweets on the screen.

Moving past some of the visual oddities in Tweetly, it really is a rather pleasant experience. For advanced users, you'll be bored. For those new to Twitter or for folks that are casual Twitter lurkers, it's great. Tweetly's main menu gives you all the things you need access to in one tap including your main feed, mentions, compose window, and profile.

For those that like to take a lot of photos and share them on Twitter, Tweetly even lets you edit photos inside the app itself. Just take a photo or add an existing one from your Camera Roll to a new tweet and then tap on it to launch the photo editor. Edit options include blur effects, filters, cropping, rotating, and more. You can even generate meme overlays right inside Tweetly.

When it comes to browsing your Twitter timeline, Tweetly also supports swipe gestures for interacting with tweets. Just swipe to the right to quick reply and swipe to the left to favorite a tweet.

The good

  • Dead simple interface that's great for people just learning to use Twitter
  • Photo editor is convenient, fast, and contains more than enough options for most people
  • Search is combined so users and tweets filter into one easy to scroll through place

The bad

  • No push notifications
  • Lots of unused space white space
  • No header image support

The bottom line

Tweetly is great at what it does, streamlining the Twitter experience for casual users. If you're an advanced user, you won't be impressed but that's okay, Tweetly wasn't really made for you. For everyone else, you'll enjoy the experience and appreciate Tweetly's simplicity.

If you happen to try Tweetly out, let us know what you think of it in the comments. It's currently free to celebrate launch so if you've been thinking about picking it up, I'd recommend doing it now during the promotion. After the promotional period, the regular price will be $0.99.

Allyson Kazmucha

iMore senior editor from 2011 to 2015.