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    Default Review: Twittelator Pro

    Twittelator Pro
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    Pros
    • Multiple accounts
    • Auto-refresh
    • Full-featured
    • View conversations
    • Link a page from Safari directly as a tweet (via bookmarklet)
    • Copy/paste tweets and links
    Cons
    • GPS links do not launch Google maps


    Twittelator Pro is a twitter client with support for multiple accounts. It is beautifully designed and feature packed to make your mobile twitter experience quick and enjoyable. It would take a book to review each and every feature of Twittelator Pro, so I will pick what I consider the highlights and direct you to Twittelator's full feature list for more.



    GENERAL INTERFACE
    Twittelator Pro has 3 different themes to chose from: Gradient, Dove, and Raven. Here are some screenshots demonstrating all three.



    Big Stone Phone claims that each theme is ideal for different lighting conditions: Gradient for indoors, Dove for outdoors, and Raven for night.

    The Tab Bar at the bottom has what you'd expect from any Twitter application: Friends, Mentions, Messages, Settings, and More. However, Twittelator distinguishes itself by making it customizable. When in the More tab, hit edit and you can now drag any item to any of the four locations next to "More".

    READING TWEETS



    I absolutely adore the experience of reading tweets with Twittelator Pro. The above photo (stolen from Twittelator's website) shows how much info is included with each tweet. Not shown in the picture, however, is that you can have both the username and real name of the tweeter displayed (as seen in my screenshots). This is great for people like me who want to see real names but are terrible at remembering usernames.

    Tapping a user's avatar brings you to their profile. If there were any other users mentioned in the tweet, then you will be asked who's profile you want to view. The profile interface includes the typical info, including the option to follow or stop following. There is also a magnifying glass to quickly search for other screen names and what looks like a price tag to bookmark the user.



    Tapping a username brings up a list of options for that tweet: reply, private, re-tweet, email tweet, copy tweet, favorite tweet, or copy link to tweet (more on copying later). You can save a tweet by tapping and holding for 2 seconds.

    If there is a #hashtag or hyperlink included in a tweet, tapping the paperclip will take you to the the hash feed or website. When viewing a website, you can copy the link (again, more on this later). If there is a photo attached (with yFrog, Pikchur, TwitPic, MobyPicture, or twitgoo) there will be a thumbnail of it to the right. Tapping it will allow you to view it. When viewing an image, there is a little two-way arrow icon at the upper right which toggles between filling your screen vertically or horizontally. It's nice to be able to view photos in full screen even if the photo wasn't taken with an iPhone. Tapping on the photo will give an option to save it to your camera roll.



    If there is a bubble around the time since the tweet was tweeted, then this indicates a conversation. Tapping the bubble will allow you to read the chain of replies. If there is not a bubble, then tapping the time opens a new @ reply to the tweeter.

    WRITING TWEETS
    Writing a tweet is an experience of its own with Twittelator Pro. There are many options, characters, and features that make writing tweets fast, easy, and fun. Twittelator does support landscape keyboard (and can be disabled from settings).



    If you had previously copied a link or tweet, you can paste it into your tweet by tapping the bottle of glue. Even if you've exited the application, Twittelator Pro will remember what you have copied. To add a photo, tap the camera. Tapping the drop pin will add link to Google maps of your current location. Unfortunately, opening such a link will not launch the native Google maps application on the iPhone.

    Underneath the current character count, you can tap on the icons to bring up 8 pages of characters. The characters are viewable with other twitter clients as well as on the web. Very cool.

    At the upper right of the New Tweet screen, there is a button called "@friends". Here you find a scrolling list of who you are following. Scroll to who you want to @mention, tap +, and Twittelator adds them to your tweet. I think this is a great feature, but feel as though it can be better. I only follow 93 people, and it can take awhile to scroll through the list. I can't imagine if I was following 300+ users. I think something like Contacts with the alphabet on the side would be better. Ideally, I'd like to see an autofill feature.



    Inside the tweet bubble, there is a # on the bottom right and two arrows facing each other on the bottom left. Tapping # will provide a scrolling list of all the #hashtags you have used before. Tapping the arrows will shrink your tweet (including URLS) with common abbreviations. This is nice for those situations when your tweet is 10 characters or so over the limit.



    One of the coolest things I found about Twittelator Pro is the ability to tweet from Safari. First you must go into Twittelator's settings and tap "Add Safari Bookmarklet". This leads you to a website with the instructions for setting up this feature. It's very simple - just save the page as a bookmark, then edit it by deleting the beginning of the URL. Once set up, just open the bookmark with Safari and it will launch Twittelator Pro with the URL of the website you were viewing added to a new tweet. Awesome!

    Pressing Send does not immediately send your tweet. You are given the option to send, or save as draft. I do not like this, but luckily there is an option to disable it! If disabled, you must hit cancel to get the option to save the tweet. Twittelator Pro allows you to save as many drafts as you want. This is awesome for those times you don't have reception, want to log a quick thought, or for iPod Touch users. If you have any saved drafts, you will see "tap for drafts" under "New Tweet", so tapping here gives access to your drafts.

    MORE
    There is much more you can do with Twittelator Pro. Some of the highlights are:
    • create subgroups
    • view tweets of users you have bookmarked
    • access saved tweets
    • see just your tweets
    • delete your tweets/messages
    • play mp3 and video within Twittelator Pro
    • search nearby tweets
    • switch between accounts while creating a new tweet
    CONCLUSION
    Twittelator Pro is the best iPhone twitter client I have used. It is clear that the the developers put a lot of thought and effort into this app with its nice interface and many features. At $4.99, Twittelator Pro isn't the cheapest client available, but it is worth every penny.

    Last edited by Leanna Lofte; 05-06-2009 at 09:19 AM.
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    You make that sound soooooo tempting!!
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    Leanna Rocky Mountain High! Great review - btw - there is an option to "Tweet without Confirmation" in settings for one-tap tweet. And Google Maps was a hack in iPhone 2.x - I've been reluctant to add stuff that might get the app rejected, the good news: iPhone 3.0 has full support for Google Maps!
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    Is Twittelator Pro all ready for 3.0? Cause after this review I'm ready to plunk down my centimes for one more Twitter app!
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    Hmmmm good reveiw, i have been looking into getting a twitter.
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    I love Twittelator Pro. I have been using it exclusively since they released 2.0. Now, this 2.2 version is "out of this world"...love it, love it, love it!
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    Excellent review @llofte!

    @twittelator is correct, there is an option to disable the send tweet confirmation and that can be toggled in the settings.

    I totally agree with you in the searching of contacts when adding a user name to a tweet. This is something that Twitterfon has implemented very nicely.

    One thing that I didn't like at first was the navigation around the tweet itself. Since I don't ever (and I mean ever) read directions, I found some of the tweet nagivation (retweet, user profile, hash tags, etc) to be counter intuitive. I have switched from Tweetie to Twittelator and really liked how Tweetie handled information within the tweets. Tapping on the tweet would open it up and any user name, hash tag or link would act like a hyperlink. I hope that Twittelator would consider adding this feature.
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    Yeah agree, Thanks for the review BTW, if i get a twitter i'll for sho get this APP
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    Quote Originally Posted by twittelator View Post
    Leanna Rocky Mountain High! Great review - btw - there is an option to "Tweet without Confirmation" in settings for one-tap tweet. And Google Maps was a hack in iPhone 2.x - I've been reluctant to add stuff that might get the app rejected, the good news: iPhone 3.0 has full support for Google Maps!
    FIXED!! Sorry :o
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    Great review.

    It's been my favorite Twiiter client for the iPhone for some time.

    My only issue is that I'm unable to get the Bookmarklet feature to work and can't figure out why.
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    Awsome review!

    Mostly because I am on the screen shots but still...

    This may be my next present to myself! Sounds great.
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    Great review. This is my favorite Twitter app. It does so much. Once you get used to how to use and navigate to all the features that it has, it's even better. I had been using Tweetie, but picked this up a few days ago and have been loving it ever since.
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    Great app i love using this app, I have about 5 different twitter apps on the phone i have to delete a few but this one is staying
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    Already have Tweetie and Twitterfon .. really want Twittelator Pro but can't decide if I really need a third twitter app when its $5..
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    Quote Originally Posted by jhamilton3 View Post
    Already have Tweetie and Twitterfon .. really want Twittelator Pro but can't decide if I really need a third twitter app when its $5..
    Me too. And I keep hoping Tweetie will have their major update soon but I'm running out of patience. I keep reading how great this app is and I'm getting more and more tempted by the day. But is it really worth $5?
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    Awesome review (wish I saw it sooner), thanks. Been thinking about another Twitter client. For some reason Twitterific always opens me at the main screen and not my timeline anymore and it's annoying. Heard lots of good things about this client, maybe I'll give it a go.
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    Twittelator Pro was the 4th Twitter app I purchased (6th or 7th? on my iPhone), and it is the last one I need. It has everything!
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    Thanks Alli. I have about 6 Twitter apps. Tweetie and TwitterFon being the two I use regularly. But I keep reading about the Twittelator app and I'm very curious. I like the pictures of the UI and find myself so tempted to get it. But I keep getting stuck at the $5 sticker price.
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    Wow, great review I'm glad I found this. Might try some of the free apps first before paying, but I'm really tempted...this app sounds really nice!
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    Thanks for your in depth review llofte. I ended up buying this last night and your review helped me figure out how to use some of the features.

    I love this app. So far my favorite feature is the ability to see a thumbnail of a picture within the tweet itself. Awesome!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shangraham View Post
    Thanks for your in depth review llofte. I ended up buying this last night and your review helped me figure out how to use some of the features.

    I love this app. So far my favorite feature is the ability to see a thumbnail of a picture within the tweet itself. Awesome!
    I knew you would... congrats. I like being able to add multiple users to by hitting the "@" sign and selecting the user. I'm actually testing out IM+ as well for push and it's awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesus View Post
    I totally agree with you in the searching of contacts when adding a user name to a tweet. This is something that Twitterfon has implemented very nicely.
    Guess they took care of this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duvi View Post
    Guess they took care of this.
    Absolutely and I am glad they did!
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    I currently have both Twittelator Pro and and Twitterfon Pro, both latest versions. I personally like Twitterfon better because it starts up super fast, while twittelator takes a little bit of time to start up(30 seconds with loading). Also, with twittelator you have the option to load 20,40, 60 or whatever tweets on startup. the problem is that if you pick 20 for example, it'll only load the latest 20 even if there's 20+ unread, and the more you choose to load on startup, the longer it takes to load. My favorite thing on Twittelator is the tweet shortener, it's awesome in every way and I wish Twitterfon had this. These are the only two things that kind of bother me, I'm kind of impatient so the very quick load/start up time in twitterfon wins me over. Both are great Twitter apps, for the same price (i think?). Look up both and compare.
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    Well, I have some favorites as well. SimplyTweet, Twitterific Premium, and Twittelator Pro. They are all good. And look out for the next release of Landscape Tweeting. Gonna be real good.

    And good review, btw too.
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