SimplyTweet from developer MotionObj is simply fantastic. Loaded with so many features, it is a worthy replacement to using Twitter on your computer. It boasts a simple user interface which happens to be its greatest selling point and it is very hard not to stick with this app considering the myriad capabilities it offers. The following features should get anyone excited.
SimplyTweet is the first Twitter client to include push notifications. Anytime a new mention or direct message is received, you will be notified in the form of a chime, badge, and/or alert – of course, you are able to choose which will keep you notified.
Writing tweets is very easy to do, especially in landscape mode. While composing a tweet, there is a character count and a button that allows you to upload a saved photo to the tweet. There is also a host of actions intended to make tweeting as easy as possible on the iPod Touch. Examples are: shorten tweet, shorten url, and recall a saved list of hash tags. You can also save a tweet as a draft, but who really needs more time to perfect a 140-character message?
As mentioned earlier, SimplyTweet’s user interface packs a lot of punch. When launching the app, your friends’ newest tweets are displayed in the “Friends” tab indicating the total unread tweets. Tweets are chronologically ordered with the most recent on top and if you select a tweet, you can favorite it, look at a conversation’s timeline, retweet a message, and reply to a user. Finally, clicking on links within a tweet directs you to a robust in-line browser to make following up on tweets quick and easy.
One of the coolest features SimplyTweet has to offer is its Photo search option. Found in the “More” tab, you enter a search query and the app displays a gallery of photos based on the keywords you choose. As far as I know, this is a fairly unique feature among Twitter apps.
You can also configure the layout of your tabs. Just drag-and-drop icons such as trends, user searches, favorites, or public time lines to the bottom bar and you can rearrange it in such way that suits your style.
What fun would it be to only highlight all the wonderful things SimplyTweet does well? One concern I have is with SimplyTweets’ somewhat irregular crashing which tends to occur when you open the Mentions or Direct Message screens without any messages. Apparently, the cure for this is to leave at least one message in your inbox. Though not a fundamental flaw, this problem is definitely an annoyance.
If there is anything that might make you hesitate to purchase this app, it could be its high price. At $4.99, it is one of the more expensive Twitter apps available at the App Store. Tweetie, another great Twitter app, is priced at $2.99 and Twitterena is a buck. But with so many features packed into this single app that you won’t find elsewhere, you might want to seriously consider SimplyTweet instead.
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