Twitter On The iPad 5


Ever since I purchased my iPad last week I have been searching high and low for a twitter client to take pride of place on my home screen. Those who have looked at my apps screen will have seen that i’ve been going through twitter clients at an astonishing rate; and at last I think I have found the one. However here are my thoughts and reasoning behind not sticking with the ones which I originally tried.

Twitterrific:
The first app which I tried was Twitterrific (iTunes link) due to its very attractive price, it was free. The first time I opened a native iPad application was Twitterrific. The crisp look, clarity and layout of Twitterrific utilized every square inch of the large iPad screen, and new twitter features such as lists. Responding to tweets and compiling tweets was a straight forward process, with the ability to follow conversations within a couple of touches. There was major drawback, there was no ‘address book’ of contacts; meaning that if you wanted to mention another person in your tweet, you had to remember the @username and input it manually, something which I simply can’t do. Twitterrific, sadly got uninstalled after a few minutes.

Twitterrific, its a beautiful client, but with one major flaw, you have to remember all the names of the people you tweet.

Twitterrific, its a beautiful client, but with one major flaw, you have to remember all the names of the people you tweet.

TweetDeck:
The second client that found its self onto my iPad was TweetDeck (iTunes Link). I had stayed clear of the Mac client as it utilizes the CPU intensive AdobeAir format, however the iPad version had no such issues. Once again, TweetDeck took full advantage of the larger screen by allowing columns to be created listing a live twitter stream, mentions, direct messages, or lists. It solved the problem that Twitterrific had by allowing twitter addresses to be added into tweets. However this client didnt support conversation threads. One of the most enjoyable aspects of twitter is having conversations with people you have never met, but share the same interests. This is of course impossible if you have no conversation support, and cant see what their last tweet was in reply of. To me the conversation support feature was even more critical in a twitter client than ‘address’ support. TweetDeck got uninstalled after a few minutes.

Another beautiful looking twitter client, but once again my joy is short lived as there is no conversation support.

Another beautiful looking twitter client, but once again my joy is short lived as there is no conversation support.

Tweeterena 2:
Having had no luck with free twitter clients it was time to move into the realm of paid for clients. This didn’t bother me as I had paid for Tweetie (now Twitter for iPhone), and it was worth every penny. Starting low on the cost scale was Tweeterena 2 (iTunes Link) at just 59p. This was the least esthetically pleasing client I had tried, however it fulfilled all the requirements I had. It displayed my timeline, mentions, conversations and integrated addresses of people who I followed. It was by far the best twitter client I tried, and for the 59p price tag it was a bargain. There was one minor problem, stability. Out of all the applications I had installed on my iPad, Tweeterena 2 was the only application which crashed on me; and it would normally do so after I had composed a tweet, and was just about to send it. Quite understandingly, a lot of developers were suffering with stability issues of their applications, as the iPad emulator differed quite significantly from the actual device. I contacted the developer who was aware of the problem, and informed me that stated that this would be resolved with the next updates. However I couldn’t wait that long, Tweeterena 2 will be come a fantastic client once stability issues are addressed, and it was removed after a couple of days.

Tweeterena solved all my twitter needs, however its current release is a tad to unstable for my liking.

Tweeterena solved all my twitter needs, however its current release is a tad to unstable for my liking.

Twittelator:
Still no joy meant that I was going to take the plunge and invest some serious money (£2.99), and take a closer look at Twittelator (iTunes Link). I had been aware of Twittelator’s existence from day one, however the price point did put me off, especially as there several free clients out there. First thoughts that go through my mind when I load the application is ‘thats one good-looking app’. Twittelator uses boxes to compartmentalized your twitter experience; one box contains your twitter feed, the other contains either; messages, mentions, channels, search, list or draft messages; keeping the screen clutter free. Function wise it fulfilled my needs, ‘address book’ support, conversation history and stability was second to non. All was good. Customization of the app was also a pleasant surprise allowing the changing of background image, I was very impressed indeed. There is only one complaint I have with Twittelator, and that is there no portrait orientation mode. When the iPad is rotated to portrait only one of the ‘boxes’ is available, its usable but not ideal. However as my iPad spends most of its time in landscape so that I can type this problem is a small one (and possibly non-existent). This is by far the best twitter client I have tried, and only wish that this was the first twitter client I tried. If you have the same requirements as me I highly recommend that you spend £2.99, and like me have your joy of twitter rekindled.

Twittelator fulfills all my requirements of an iPad twitter client, and now take pride of place on my iPads home screen.

Twittelator fulfills all my requirements of an iPad twitter client, and now take pride of place on my iPads home screen.

  • Elaine

    Thanks to you I’ve not only saved some money but also alot of time looking for a suitable tweet application.

    Thanks again for the time & effort you’ve taken to produce this very informative blog – hope the ‘Click’ producers give you a ring sometime, you’d make a great researcher!

  • Shaun Healey

    Very nice run down of the Twitter applications on the iPad there. Sadly I don’t have an iPad or plan on getting one at the minute but hopefully when I do Tweetdeck will have ironed out the kinks in their app by then. It’s one of my primary ones on my phone and windows. I’m sure they will release an update soon enough they seem to listen to their user base.

    Tweeterena 2 looks pretty nice too wouldn’t mind giving that a spin. It somewhat reminds me of Tweetie 2.

    Great post Jonathan!

    • Cheers Shaun,
      My only reason for looking for a new twitter app is because Tweetie (now Twitter for iPhone) isnt native on the iPad, or else that would have been my app of choice.

      However now that ive tried Tweeterena 2, I may not use Twitter for iPad when it comes out.

  • You missed two important clients:
    1) Tweetings
    2) TweetTime

    Check them out. I’d like to see your review appended with these two. Osfoora is releasing soon too which will make a worthy edition to your list.

    Thanks for doing this. There’s a lot of folks looking for Twitter apps for iPad. While still new there aren’t the plethora of options like for iPhone.

    • Hi Chris,
      Thanks for your comments, my review and blog is purely personal; however if you are able to send me some promo codes or beta’s of the above products I will be more than happy to take a look at them and write them up on my blog.