Top Android App: Seesmic
Seesmic is a powerful Twitter client in the Android Market that offers many great features.
Overall Score: 4.6/5
User Interface: 5/5
Ease of Use: 5/5
The basic layout of the app is very intuitive and well organized. First, there are four main tabs that you would expect to see with any Twitter app: Timeline, Replies, Messages, and Profile. The Timeline features the tweets from all the users that you follow. Conveniently, there is an easily accessible Refresh button at the top of the page so you can constantly get the latest updates in one click. Another nice design attribute is that all tweets written by you are colored differently so they are quickly identifiable.
Selecting on a specific tweet brings up a page that shows the user at the top (clicking there brings up that users profile which is very nice). You can also star the tweet, write an @reply, retweet, or send a DM straight from the page. A lot of functionality in one spot is always a boost to the ease of use of the app.
Another nice part of this app is the layout of the Profile tab (and also the profile you see when you select another user). Here you have the option of checking out the users’ website, tweets, favorites, who they are following, and who is following them; all the useful information you really care about in one concise place.
As I mentioned before, the best part of this app is the features/connections it offers with the many other sites/services you use with Twitter. You can choose a photo service (i.e. Twitpic), video service (i.e. YouTube), and URL shortening method (i.e. Bit.ly). Once this is setup, your use of Twitter will be streamlined and you’ll be ready to share. These are accessible when you choose to write a tweet. Similarly, when you are composing a tweet, you can also choose to share your location.
One drawback I have found (and it may just be that I’m using this app on my original T-mobile G1) is that sometimes the loading times are slow (and number of tweets is set to only 50). At least slower than when I’ve used Twitter with Twidroid. Let me know if you’re experiencing this as well.
Also, I wish they would have a way to start writing a tweet without having to hit menu first to bring up the option. It’s not a big deal really, but since most of the app is navigated through the touch screen, this should have been included as well.
I really like the UI of Seesmic and the different tabs that are used for the clear-cut layout. This app is right up there with Twidroid as one of the best on Android.
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