So you’ve upgraded to iOS 7. Everything looks different. Except for most of your apps, that is. While some apps have already upgraded their design to fit iOS 7, many (understandably) haven’t. After all, you can’t expect the developers to jump every time Apple says jump.
You may love or hate iOS 7, but there’s one thing’s about it that’s almost universally liked: it’s clean and uncluttered. Tweet7 is a Twitter client made especially for iOS 7, following its flat and clean design rules. It claims to do away with most of the conventional buttons, leaving only one button on your screen. It’s also one of the better Twitter clients you’ll use on your iPhone, if you’re not a Twitter power user, and if you’re willing to part with $3 to try it.
How can a Twitter app be button-less, you ask? Well, it can’t, not completely, but Tweet7 does away with the conventional button-rich Twitter app interface in favor of one that’s pretty unique.
As you can see, the flat design is there, as well as inline images in tweets, and an ever present compose button sitting right there on your feed. But what are those blue bars on the right? And how do you access your mentions, messages and profile without a menu clutter?
The answer is there the first time you log into your Twitter account using Tweet7. Each of the blue bars represents a different section. To access this section, all you have to do is grab the blue bar and drag it to the left. It may take a few tries to get the hang of it but once you get used to it, you won’t have any problems.
So where are the additional features hiding? In hidden buttons, of course. While browsing your feed, touch any tweet to reveal more options. Pay attention where you touch, though, so as to not open up a user’s profile or a link by mistake. If you tap somewhere neutral, you’ll find the reply, retweet and favorite buttons.
Be careful with that retweet button, though. Unlike many other apps, this one doesn’t give you a choice between the two types of retweet when you tap it. It just retweets. Want the “old style” retweet? Tap the three dots and and choose Retweet with comment. It’s not hard to do, but for an app that prides itself in being clutter-less, it’s a weird choice.
Tweeting & Browsing Profiles
The app remains beautifully designed when browsing profiles and composing tweets. You already know how to view your own profile — grab the bottom blue bar and slide it to the left. Once there, you can browse your own tweets, followers, followees, favorites and lists, and also access the app’s settings.
You can view any other profile in just the same way, and easily follow and unfollow other users through the app. Through a profile page, you can also initiate a mention or a DM.
Composing tweets is easy and intuitive, with the included abilities to add your current location and a photo. When adding a photo, aside from choosing one from your library or taking one right then and there, you can also automatically add the last photo you’ve taken with your device — a nifty option.
Who Is Tweet7 For?
Tweet7 boasts a great design, but a pretty barebones set of features. There are no push notifications (although you will get local notifications on your lock screen), no multiuser support (although this is reportedly coming), no way to discover people to follow, and no way to edit lists.
It may sound like some obvious features are missing, but to some, the lack of push notifications can actually be a blessing. After all, do you really need a push notification every time something happens on Twitter? Shouldn’t Twitter be a place you go when you choose to, browse your feed in peace, and then leave it behind?
Tweet7 is perfect for light Twitter users who don’t need multiuser support, who don’t care for push notifications, and who just want to use Twitter the way it was originally meant to. The design is great, and you won’t find many other clients who’ve made such a good job at porting to iOS 7.
While $3 might be a bit too much to pay for the app at the moment, it’s probably worth more than that soda or chocolate bar you were planning to get anyway. If you fit the above description, there’s a good chance you’ll enjoy Tweet7 immensely.
Download: Tweet 7 ($2.99)
What do you think of Tweet7? What’s your favorite Twitter client for iOS?
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