Twidroid: A Fantastic Twitter Client for Android
Although I usually use the TwitterRide Twitter client for Android, its main competition Twidroid has more than a few compelling features that make it worth keeping around.
Once you’ve downloaded and installed Twidroid from the Android Market, you can launch it by finding the blue Android icon in your “all applications” tab. The first thing that jumps out you when you fire up Twidroid for the first time is how slick and polished the UI feels. Shades of blue and grey keep everything readable and aesthetically pleasing. Small icons along the bottom of the screen keep lots of screen real estate available for viewing Twitter updates.
The four icons at the bottom of screen function essentially like the tabs in other Twitter clients like TwitterRide. The first icon is shaped like a speech bubble and brings up a window for posting your updates to Twitter. This window also allows for one-button access to the camera and GPS functions for posting photos and location information with your Twitter update. The location function is particularly useful, as it allows for automatic insertion of your location name and/or a link to your location on a map. You can even update the location information on your Twitter profile straight from this dialog.
The second icon is shaped like the “@” symbol, and of course filters your timeline based on Twitter updates mentioning your username. The third icon, which looks like an envelope, provides functionality for checking and sending direct messages. The fourth and final icon works as a refresh button, for when you don’t have Twidroid checking for Twitter updates automatically.
Twidroid truly is one the most full-featured Twitter clients for the Android platform; it supports almost everything you could expect. Following, unfollowing, retweeting, and Twitter search are all available, as well as a nice “buzz” button that lets you check trending topics. Other notable features include automatic screen rotation, integration with Android’s browser and gallery for sharing links/photos, and URL shortening. Of course, Twidroid can run in the background and alert you to updates, replies, and/or direct messages.
The one problem I’ve had with Twidroid is that it seems very slow when I’m not in a high-speed Internet area (e.g., GPRS connection only). Other Twitter clients like TwitterRide seem to perform better in those situations than Twidroid.
Overall, Twidroid is clearly the most feature-packed Twitter client for Android. While it may be a bit overkill for the casual user, its slight learning curve is definitely worth it for the social media aficionado and Twitter devotee.