Tweetbot for New iPad
We’ve long been fans of Tweetbot for iPhone, the stylish and unique Twitter client from developer Tapbots (which we reviewed back in June 2011) our only question being ‘When will it come to the New iPad?!’. The wait is over, and we’re finally able to enjoy Tweetbot’s unique style on the New iPad.
If you see a tweet in your timeline that’s a reply to another user, you can swipe to the right to view the conversation, or swipe to the left to view replies to any particular tweet. There’s a customisable triple tap on tweets, allowing you to easily reply, retweet, favourite or translate any given update.
There’s also support for muting particular users (too many tweets from someone at a conference, perhaps?), or even specific hashtags, which makes it really easy to manage what you see in your Twitter timeline without having to unfollow people!
While Twitter is very much about what’s happening right now, until recently whenever you launch a Twitter client you’d have to mark all your direct messages and similar bits as read. Thankfully, Tweet Marker – a free third-party service – allows third-party clients to sync’ your timeline position, making it really easy to pick up your timeline in other apps. And, of course, Tweetbot for New iPad fully supports it, along with built-in Push notification support for almost any activity relating to your tweets.
Tweetbot for New iPad actually feels much lighter than its iPhone sibling
We love the design of Tweetbot for New iPad. It actually feels much lighter than its iPhone sibling, which uses plenty of dark grey and black; on the New iPad there’s a much less intimidating grey and charcoal look, and for all the robotic’ feel that pervades across the Tapbot apps, Tweetbot for New iPad feels the friendliest of the lot.
Tweetbot’s UI is, as you’d expect, slickly done. The left-hand side shows a customisable toolbar of Twitter timelines you can display your timeline, mentions, messages, retweets and more and the choice of sidebar items is customisable per-account.
While the sidebar works pleasantly to display timelines for the current account, unlike other apps, it’s ever-so-slightly more convoluted to switch accounts, requiring you to tap on your own icon in the sidebar before being shown a list of other accounts. For those of you with one account, fear not – it’s a small detail that won’t get in the way of your enjoyment. But if you’ve got multiple Twitter accounts set up, this does slow you down as you navigate around the app. We still love it though!