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Which is the BEST Twitter App for the Palm Pre and Palm Pixi?

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If you like using Twitter and have a Palm Pre or Pixi, you’re in luck:  there are currently SIX full-featured Twitter apps available for webOS.  They are all very different, and suit different needs.  These choices can be a bit overwhelming, but fear not!  Totally Palmed has got your back.  I own and have used all of these apps extensively, so I can pass my impressions on to you.  Hopefully it helps you make a decision, based on your needs.  These apps are listed in the order that I downloaded them. Have a look, after the break!

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1) "Tweed" by Pivotal Labs: Currently the most popular webOS Twitter app, Tweed gives  you a clean but very powerful interface.  It’s not the sexiest looking app out there, but is certainly one of the most powerful apps available, giving you the ability to do multiple card searches (ala Tweetdeck), direct posting of pictures (paid version), conversation view, saved searches, multiple accounts, landscape mode, shake-to-refresh searches, URL shrinking, live notifications… with few exceptions, if you name it, Tweed does it. One feature I’ve come to love: Tweed is the only app where you can STOP a connection, should it get "stuck."
Full version: $2.99
 
PROS:
– Tons of powerful features. Supports lists.
– The ONLY Twitter app that allows you to edit your followers
– Live notifications even with app closed
– Multiple card searches
– Screen still accessible while connecting
– Can CANCEL connection if it gets stuck

CONS:
– Saved searches don’t save to Twitter, only within Tweed
– Notifications buggy for some users
– No free trial version available anymore

 

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2) "Twee" by Delicious Morsel: The folks at Delicious Morsel have indeed cooked up a delicious Twitter app that has been a huge hit with many users.  Sporting a sexy interface with a scrolling bottom slider, Twee is not short on powerful features, either.  It does pretty much everything that Tweed does, but does not do multiple card searches (yet). Still, it does other things that Tweed doesn’t, such as thumbnail previews of pictures so you don’t have to tap on a picture link to see it.  Some people have complained Twee can have lag issues. 
Full version: $2.99
PROS:
Beautiful interface
– Uses less memory than you’d expect
– Live notifications even with app closed
– Remembers your place in timeline
– Powerful features with extra goodies. Supports lists.
– Searches save to Twitter
– Free trial version available

CONS:
– No multiple card searches
– Can’t see original message when replying to it
– Some tasks require more taps than they should

 

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3) "Spaz" by Funkatron Productions:  Spaz is the only open-source Twitter app for the Palm Pre, and currently the only one that is FREE.  Spaz sports a very attractive face and a unique browsing experience:  your entire timeline and replies to you are shown in one window, which is nice if you don’t like switching from page to page. Spaz also supports powerful functions like multiple card searches (like Tweed) and thumbnail previews (like Twee).  It also boasts unique features like like sharing of tweets via SMS and email and a nifty text shortener so your tweets take up the minimum character possible.  Funkatron Productions has also promised a "skins" feature with future updates. The UI is nice but can be choppy if timelines are allowed to grow (I suggest clearing caches often). The app has also had some memory leak issues for me if  left open for a long time.
Full version: FREE (limited time)
PROS:
FREE!
– Multiple card searches
– Share tweets via SMS and email (unique to Spaz)
– Nifty automatic text shortener (unique to Spaz) 
– Searches save to Twitter
– Timelines, direct messages, and replies in same window if desired (unique to Spaz)
– Thumbnail previews of posted pictures
CONS:
– Lags if timeline is long
– Becomes a real memory hog if left open for long
– Accidental backswipe takes you to the account login screen (minor gripe)
– Can’t see full-size user profile pics

 

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4) "TinyTwitter" by Tiny Byte Software: If you feel the need for SPEED, then TinyTwitter is your app.  This app is easily the cheetah of the animal kingdom of webOS Twitter apps, with incredibly fast loading/posting times and scrolling speeds. No lag issues here! Unfortunately, TinyTwitter is fast because it packs light:  it’s just a bare-bones Twitter app without fancy features, even some basic ones like searching!
Price: $1.99
PROS:
Fastest Twitter client for webOS
– Consumes very little resources
– Can be left open all day without any lag issues
CONS:
– Very bare-bones Twitter client… can’t even SEARCH!
– No photo uploading. At all.
– No free trial version available

 

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5) "Yak" by JM Productions: Yak is a pretty standard Twitter app, which provides all of the  important features you would expect a full-featured Twitter client to have.  It’s fast, supports lists, and is easy to use.  A recent update made it even easier to use.  However, when compared to the other powerful webOS Twitter clients, nothing makes app truly stand out, and the price seems a bit high. Still, if simplicity and all the basic necessities are what appeal to you, you may find the cost justified.
Price: $2.99

PROS:
– Very easy to use
– Fast and smooth scrolling
– All the basic functions most people need
-  Small memory footprint
CONS:
– Access to searching unintuitive (have to click "trends") 
– Slight lag switching between timelines
– No free trial version available

 

 

clip_image0136) “Bad Kitty” by Superhuman Industries:   Bad Kitty is the newest entrant into the wild world of webOS Twitter clients, and it’s a breath of fresh air.  I had the privilege of beta-testing this app, and was very impressed by the commitment of its developers:  they’re really energized about their product.  Bad Kitty offers the user a unique interface, is full-featured, and fast… I’m talking Tiny Twitter fast! However, the app is still a bit raw:  there’s no trending topics, nearby tweets, native picture viewer, or notifications, and navigation is a bit… janky.  Still, of all the Twitter clients, this one seems to have the best feature:speed ratio I have seen to date. If you want a well-established Twitter client, perhaps you should steer clear of this one, but not forever: while it currently has a ways to go in development, it’s getting there fast.
PROS:
– Very fast
– Unique interface
– Conversation thread
– Thumbnail previews of posted pictures
– Searches save to Twitter
CONS:
– Still a bit green
– A couple navigation miscues
– No multiple card searches
– No free trial version available

 

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6) "Fleet Tweet" by 8-bit development: Don’t care what other people have to say? Do you want to be the one who does all the tweeting?  Meet Fleet Tweet, a very basic FREE (read: ad-supported) Twitter client that does one thing: tweet! No loading feeds here. Curiously, this app DOES include features like direct photo uploading and buttons for exclamation marks and hashtags (#). This app is nice for those who need a tool to post frequent updates:  tweets from a convention, concert, etc.
Price: FREE PROS:
FREE
Fast
– Direct photo uploading

CONS:
– Ad-supported

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7) Picture Tweet by Boa Pro Solutions: Like Fleet Tweet, this is another FREE (ad -supported) app that allows you to tweet only and send pictures too. The look and polish is nicer than Fleet Tweet, but Picture Tweet does lack Fleet Tweet’s "advanced" functions of hashtag (#) and exclamation mark buttons (tongue in cheek).  The same pros and cons apply.
PRICE: FREE FREE
Fast
– Direct photo uploading
CONS:
– Ad-supported

PROS:

— That should get you started! Best of luck and see you on Twitter!

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Categories: App Reviews
  1. February 15, 2010 at 6:06 am

    Great review. Thanks so much!

  1. February 15, 2010 at 10:37 pm

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