I’ve been a Tweetbot user for a long time. (I’m an OG beta tester, yo.) I’ve seen Tweetbot when it lacked most of the features it has now, and I’ve seen it grow into the best Twitter client out there. Not just for iOS, but for all platforms. Tweetbot gets called “heavy” sometimes, and while the description isn’t all that descriptive, I get what people mean when they use that term. All Tapbots’ apps have non-standard UIs. That’s their thing. Most of the time, I hate non-standard iPhone UIs. Tapbots is one of the few developers that does non-standard right.
Tweetbot for iPhone 2.0
Tweetbot 2.0 for iPhone isn’t an earth-shaking update. It just refines what was already the best Twitter app. The colors in the app have been softened a bit, which makes it a little more readable, and Tweetbot got Readability added to its mobilizer options (and Readability’s display is way better than Instapaper’s.) There is also a new DM view that looks more like the Messages app and it’s much easier to read and reply to people. Tweetbot 2.0 also got image thumbnails in the timeline. (It does a good job parsing things like Instagram images even!)
Tweetbot for iPad
Then there’s the new app: Tweetbot for iPad. In design conscious circles, people have been clamoring for a version of Tweetbot to use on their iPads. I knew in the back of my mind that it was an inevitability, but I was still surprised when the beta download link landed in my inbox. And Tweetbot for iPad looks like the iPhone app, not blown up, but expanded. The UI concept is roughly the same. The account selector and panels (tweets, replies, etc.) have moved over to the left side of the screen. It’s got all of the little features that the iPhone app has like mobilizers and image and link services.