Atebits Tweetie iPhone app

A speedy Twitter client for the iPhone

Atebits Tweetie
  • Atebits Tweetie
  • Atebits Tweetie
  • Atebits Tweetie
  • Expert Rating

    3.50 / 5

Pros

  • Fast loading and navigation, attractive interface, can control multiple Twitter accounts

Cons

  • Twitter conversations are hard to follow, HTML links are not automatically shrunk during writing

Bottom Line

Tweetie is a lean and fast Twitter client. Some aspects could be improved, but this app still offers numerous features that make for an enjoyable mobile Twitter experience.

Would you buy this?

For any social-networking fiend, finding the perfect iPhone Twitter client is an ongoing quest for the right balance of features and looks. Though we have been partial in the past to Twitteriffic, Atebits' Tweetie for iPhone app is a definite contender to replace it. Armed with a slick interface and quick loading times, Tweetie has plenty of appealing features. There is still room for improvement, however.

Tweetie offers the features you would expect from any Twitter client, including a personalised stream of tweets from yourself and those you follow, as well as the ability to view direct messages, replies and favourite tweets. The iPhone app also includes some extra features such as trend and user search, a profile view, an integrated Web browser for tweeted links and the ability to use the iPhone's GPS function to find Twitter users around you.

Tweetie's minimalist UI is a mix of the iPhone's SMS and iPod interfaces. The app is particularly fast at loading and navigating around tweets and other functions. It doesn't have some of the navigation shortcuts of rival apps like Twitterific, but it doesn't really need to; a quick flick of the finger seamlessly scrolls from the top to the bottom of the Twitter stream.

A tab-based navigation bar on the bottom provides access to features relevant to your own account, like direct messages, favourites and replies. Other windows like trend and user search are available through a More button. We would have preferred a customisable navigation bar like the Apple Remote iPhone app's.

One of the key advantages of Tweetie is the ability to control multiple Twitter accounts. Combined with the speed with which Tweetie can handle a Twitter stream, switching between entered accounts is seamless, bypassing the need to log out and in each time. This is great for Twitter power users or those who use multiple accounts to separate work and personal social networking.

Tweetie draws connections between replies and the connected tweet, but unfortunately doesn't thread them as some Web-based Twitter clients do. Instead, you must first click on the reply tweet, and then click on another button that takes you to the connected tweet. Tweetie also fails to recognise when an original tweet has been replied to by one of your other contacts — in order to navigate the chain you have to first click on the reply. This can be a particular problem when attempting to navigate long-winded discussions.

Atebits claims that Tweetie for iPhone can automatically shrink HTML links, but there are a few catches to this. Tweetie only shortens the HTML link when posting rather than while you're writing, so any posts that go over the 140-character limit due to lengthy links will have to be cut down manually. Even the integrated TweetShrink feature won't help.

Though there are some flaws in the Tweetie for iPhone app, the ability to control multiple accounts and the overall speed make it a breeze to use. Tweetie's minimalist interface is an attractive extension of the basic iPhone scheme.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Stocking Stuffer

SmartLens - Clip on Phone Camera Lens Set of 3

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Featured Content

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?