And then there were 3 Twitter clients on the PlayBook well worth your time! Smarter Apps new TweetBook app is the most finished client at release. They didn’t release a half baked product by any means, but I bet it’ll be even better after a few updates!
The bigs in this client for me are.. very tech & clean UI! The pull-down timeline to refresh feature is a win! All the basic features of a Twitter client are present and working at launch. Plus multi-pane windows, multiple account support, and HOME SCREEN Notifications! WOOT!
• Multi-Pane Window Design
• DM Notifications (BlackBerry® PlayBook™ Home Screen)
• Mention Notifications (BlackBerry® PlayBook™ Home Screen)
• Threaded Messaging
• Camera Support
• Search Support
• Picture Uploading
• Portrait and Landscape functionality
• Multiple Account Support
I might admit I’d be happy just to see Smarter Apps support TweetBook updates, advances and new features only if I wasn’t curious what they had slipped up their sleeves for later. They tend to do a pretty quality job supporting and updating all their successful products. So buy this app and always offer feedback.
Now that does bring me to a some bugs I noticed right away. One will force close the app at times. I noticed it happens sometimes when composing a tweet. And the notifications are there but do not launch anything yet upon touch. Other bugs are slight and most users won’t notice them. But I’ve had a pretty fair amount of time and training on what to look for while testing Twitter clients as well as a few years hands on with a couple dev teams. And with that background I will be the first to say that Smarter Apps really caught me off-guard. They hid the buzz well. Then put me on the edge of my seat while I waited for it to become available.
Back on the user experience, I confess the large widescreen compose screen is a great feature. This reminds me of using my BlackBerry, and that’s a first. While your in your timeline reading content, you see full web pages, blogs, YouTube videos and more load right up. From there users can choose to drag the window open larger or condense it. Surprises like the full portrait and landscape support, homescreen notifications, and pull down to refresh timeline features, threaded messages are sure to keep you coming back and looking forward to firing up your PlayBook to interact!