SimplyTweet Shows Promise as Twitter App

This app is not currently available in the App Store.

Sometimes the large number of Twitter messages arriving on your iPhone can be a bit overwhelming. SimplyTweet attempts to fix that by arranging your "tweets" into a conversation-like view. It makes for a fresh, readable interface that makes scrolling through messages a breeze. However, a lack of other features keep this from being among the top tier of the other offerings available in the Apple App Store.

SimplyTweet does one thing very well — conversation view. It looks very similar to the iPhone's interface for text messages, with its green thought bubbles making it easy to track who is saying what. The left-hand side of the screen has the icon identifying who sent the Twitter message while the right side is filled with the conversation bubbles. A large button is on the far, right side of the bubble for tapping if there is a link within the tweet. This fires up the embedded browser so you do not have to worry about closing SimplyTweet and opening Safari. The same button also is used for replying to a conversation. This is a one-size-fits all solutiaon that may not work for everyone. In other apps you only have to tap once to get either of these options. The only advantage is that this button is much easier to tap because of its size.

SimplyTweet also lacks some of the deeper features available in the similarly priced Twittelator Pro. There is no ability to create groups, review your tweets, and viewing a profile requires a very carefully aimed tap of the feed icon. It also crashed twice during my testing - an issue that can hopefully be fixed with a future update.

SimplyTweet is a good start, but could use some additional features to compete with other offerings. Especially since there are free apps, such as Twitterfon or paid apps such as Twittelator Pro, that have additional features to make them a stronger choice overall.

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This app is not currently available in the App Store.

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