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ShinyTweet Twitter App for iPad Review

by on May 19th, 2010

For iPad users that are on twitter, your options are fairly limited. TweetDeck looks great, but it’s buggy and excessively slow to load. Twitteriffic is alright buy I’m not a big fan of the interface. Tweetie 2 is slated to be released as the “official” twitter app–it should be out today.

There was some noise earlier about a new iPad twitter app that has hit the scene. It’s called ShinyTweet and I’ve had a chance to test it out for a while. Let’s see how it fares to the power twitter apps like SimplyTweet on the iPhone.

Here are the main features of ShinyTweet:

-Columned interface with reorganizable columns
-Multiple Twitter accounts
-Twitter Timeline’s you’d expect: Home, Mentions, User, Messages, Retweets and many more
-Twitter search
-Trending topics
-Direct Messaging
-Favorites
-Cached tweets
-Support for all interface orientations
-Support for old-school retweeting, and Twitter’s new retweet feature
-URL shortening (bit.ly)

Upon launching ShinyTweet setting up my accounts was easy. You can add columns of your liking such as @replies, Direct Messages, and your timeline. When you tap on a tweet, it pops out to the right. From here, you have the regular options to retweet, reply, favourite, etc.

When you view links within tweets, a browser opens right up within the app which makes surfing really easy thanks to the iPad’s large screen. Overall, ShinyTweet looks nice but I found it a bit awkward to use. Maybe I’m so used to using SimplyTweet on the iPhone, but after some prolonged usage I noticed a few things that didn’t feel “right”.

For starters, having to tap the “-” to close every single tweet that pops to the right gets a bit tiresome. Also, when swiping left to right, I found it wasn’t very smooth if my finger happened to drag a column just slightly either up or down beforehand. So it got a bit frustrating moving from timelines and replies.

In terms of iPad twitter apps, there is a real lack of “amazing” ones. Whoever can get one right out of the gate will strike it rich. ShinyTweet is a great start, but it lacks power features like SimplyTweet offers. Maybe I’ve been spoiled by using SimplyTweet, but nevertheless ShinyTweet will get better with updates and further development.

ShinyTweet is $3.99 in the App Store.

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