Blaze for Twitter Review

Blaze for Twitter Review

Apr 29, 2015

Blaze for Twitter is a new-ish option that brings a new way to consume and produce tweets. AS there can never be too many options, we were happy to take a look.

The intro sequence is humble, inviting the user to add a Twitter account. After tokenization and such, one gets an idea of the customization options available, as well as a look a the user interface. It has a clean default look, with definite lines and bold coloring. The layout option which pops up at the beginning gives one a large say with regards to tweaking the exterior. Off the bat, it is possible to adjust the way Blaze handles images, going from full all the way down to thumbnails. After that, the background color — light or dark — can be selected; there is also a theme option, which allows the user to select from several colors.

Beyond that, the app can be set up to be read from the top or bottom, and one can also pick long service to use and the frequency rate. When it’s all said and done, the app does give the user a bunch of options to make it his/her own. The app clearly pays attention the Material Design, and overall, it is a pretty vibrant-looking application.

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On the functionality side, the app incorporates a lot of the tools we’d expect in a microblogging client; one can slide through specialized screens for home, @ replies, direct messages, lists and trending topics. Each tweet in one’s stream can be manipulated individually via small symbols, and again, we get the core tools: reply, retweet, favoriting, muting and sharing. Working on an individual tweets brings even more options, like the ability to make a note or text someone a tweet. Retweeting gives one the option to quote, copy or do a simple retweet (I love the overlay). It is possible to work on one’s profile from within Blaze too.

The cherry on top? Blaze handles multiple Twitter accounts.

There’s not much to dislike; if I am to nitpick, it would be that I would have liked a “shoot-to-the-top” button, such that one can get up quickly. An option to tweet to simultaneously to multiple accounts could be handy on occasion.

All in all, it’s a great option, underscored by the option to use the ad-supported option, or the premium build. Either ay, it’s a client to appreciate, and well worth the risk-free try.

Talon for Twitter Review

Talon for Twitter Review

Feb 25, 2014

May the Twitter space battles go on; they bring us options like Talon from Twitter.

Getting things going is a simple matter of authorizing Twitter from within the app and giving it a few moments to sync up one’s data. The first thing that jumps out is the styling of the app; the default theme is subtle but determined, with soft grays superimposed on a black background. Twitter handles are handled in orange, and most other text in white. Outside this default theme (“dark” in settings) here is a “light” one (mostly white tweet bubbles on light grey background) and “black” (grey on black). Text size and fonts can be tweaked, and there is an option to load an add-on theme, or to make one’s own using an external theme building app. Looking at the whole package, it’s hard not to appreciate the attention paid to customization options.talon1

Functionally, most information is a gesture away. The default page is the ubiquitous Timeline view. Swiping to the left reveals Mentions and Direct messages after that. Long-pressing a tweet allows it to be manipulated via favoriting, retweeting and replying.tapping a tweet automatically opens up a reply window with mentioned profiles pre-populated. Tapping the menu button gives a few more options like quoting. There is also a three-line menu context nestled in the top left corner, which allows for navigation to one’s profile, trending topics, user lists and more. It’s set up logically, and most operation sequences should be intuitive to Twitter vets.

This app does not have push notifications; we have Twitter’s api policies to thank for that. Instead, it uses a listener option to keep users on top of twitter information. It works with TwitLonger, emoji and even Pebble.

The app allows for two Twitter accounts, which is definitely a plus.

It’s a great looking app, packs a lot of functionality, and seems well worth the $1.99 price tag.

Carbon for Twitter Review

Carbon for Twitter Review

Feb 11, 2013

When it comes to reputation, Carbon is one of those apps that reached mystical status long before it released. With screenshots and hype from beta users, Carbon can be said to be one of the most anticipated Twitter apps Android has ever seen.

Thankfully, the wait is over.

Carbon tries to be a clean, functional Twitter conduit, and, as an opening gambit, it did look quite sleek. The stark black background with white font looked good, with the usernames and avatars displayed prominently. The animations were fun to see; for example, pulling down on the stream screen (which invoked refreshing) angled the screen and gave it an interesting transition perspective. Sliding left or right to the different screens also had a sort of cubing effect, which just made the app seem just a bit more, well, alive.

The main screen itself maintained minimal principles, with a post button, profile button and menu button residing onscreen at the bottom.

Functionally, Carbon is no slouch. First, it is able to manage multiple accounts. Entering accounts was easy as putting in credentials and getting a token. Swiping once or twice to the right of the Timeline got me to the Mentions and Messages screens respectively, which had the same feel as the Timeline screen. Long-pressing an individual tweet gave me an opportunity to reply, quote, re-tweet or star the tweet. It took me a minute, but I eventually that swiping with two fingers up or down to the top and bottom of the screen. It worked well with images and links.

The Menu button had links to starred tweets, lists, trending hashtags, search tool, filters and settings link. I could toggle notifications for mentions and messages in the Settings tab, as well as manage my Twitter accounts.

All in all, I found Carbon to be incredibly snappy, and fairly functional within its minimalist design. For convergence feens, the lack of other social networks may be off-putting, but to be fair, Carbon only promises to be awesome at Twitter, and I think it does. Also, jump-to-top wasn’t easy for me to figure out as I would have liked, and it’s a true shame that it isn’t yet optimized for tablets.

Still, I find no difficulty in proclaiming it to be one of the best Twitter clients on Android.

[Update 1.0.2] TweetDeck Grows Out Of Its Beta Diapers, 1.0 Available For Download

[Update 1.0.2] TweetDeck Grows Out Of Its Beta Diapers, 1.0 Available For Download

Oct 18, 2010

Update 11/8: TweetDeck for Android has been updated to 1.0.2 and includes a fix for Facebook problems. Go to the Market to update to the latest version.

Source:@deckondroid

TweetDeck’s Public Beta was released back in August and, through various testing and feedback, went through 11 updates. Now, thanks to all the beta users and their feedback, TweetDeck has become official. Their 1.0 release for Android is now available in the Android Market at no cost to you. What exactly is TweetDeck? It’s a one stop hub for all your major social media needs. With a TweetDeck account, you can easily synchronize your Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare and Buzz accounts.

For those social gladiators out there, TweetDeck will certainly help save some time by eliminating the need to constantly check in to four separate accounts. This Twitter client has all the tools needed such as composing tweets, replies, retweets, add pictures, contacts, or location (with foursquare account). Everything neatly packed and color coded into one simple UI.

I will have to leave all the comments and opinions up to you guys since I personally have not used TweetDeck. This is only due to the fact that I have no need for it at this moment (I only have a twitter account which I just started less than a month ago). I definitely see the convenience of such an app and for all of you social juggernauts this is definitely worth a try. It’s free, so what do you have to lose? Head on over to the TweetDeck site for more info and check out the quick video below for an idea of what TweetDeck has to offer.

Source: TweetDeck