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Echofon, naan studio’s Twitter client, is available as native Mac and iPhone applications, and as a Firefox extension. The latest version, Echofon 3 for iPhone, has just hit the App Store, and looks to be a nice mobile client that supports all the latest Twitter features including lists, […]

Echofon, naan studio’s Twitter client, is available as native Mac and iPhone applications, and as a Firefox extension. The latest version, Echofon 3 for iPhone, has just hit the App Store, and looks to be a nice mobile client that supports all the latest Twitter features including lists, retweets and geotagging, so I thought I’d take it for a spin.

Out of the box, Echofon has a well-designed, simple UI that makes it easy to use. Once you’ve set up your accounts (just a matter of supplying your credentials), you’re presented with a well laid-out home screen that has your Twitter stream, navigation buttons along the bottom of the screen (for home; @ mentions; direct messages; lists; and search), while you can compose new tweets by tapping the button top right. The “Menu” button (top left) lets you switch between accounts and set up account options.

Echofon iPhone

Tapping a tweet gives you options to reply or retweet. Tapping “retweet” gives you two options: “Retweet” or “Retweet with Comment.” The former uses Twitter’s new built-in retweet functionality, while the latter provides for an “old style” retweet that enables you to add your own commentary. It’s good to see both styles being accommodated, but it’s a little annoying that you have to select which one to use each time, if you have a definite preference.

The composition screen is equally well-designed, and handily allows you to rotate the screen for a landscape keyboard (formerly a Pro-only feature, now available to all users). This screen includes a useful display of the number of characters left available and buttons for searching for usernames of the people you follow, adding a photo, discarding the tweet, and geolocation tagging (if geolocation is enabled on your account).

List support also works well. Tap the “Lists” button to get a view of your lists (both those that you’ve created and those you follow). You can also create and edit lists on the go.

Echofon has other nice touches, too, including desktop sync — if you’re using a desktop version of Echofon, you can sync unread tweets between the clients.

Echofon is available in two flavors: Free (ad supported, iTunes link) and Pro ($4.99, iTunes link). Pro users don’t get the inline ads, and also get push notifications from non-Echofon users.

I’ve been using TweetDeck on my iPhone because I need to keep an eye on several Twitter accounts, but although it’s improved over time it still has a tendency to crash and suffer from inexplicable annoying slowdowns occasionally. Echofon seems much more stable and snappier in use, but I’m not sure I like the way that it mixes tweets for multiple accounts as much as TweetDeck’s clean, separate columns that you can quickly switch between, so I’m not ready to move over just yet. If you’re only managing one Twitter account, though, I’d definitely recommend checking out Echofon — it’s a nicely designed, easy-to-use client that works well.

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  1. Why are you using TweetDeck over Tweetie? Tweetie is far superior and supports multiple Twitter accounts very elegantly.

    Tweetie might be my favorite IPhone app – slickest one, thats for sure.

    1. Thanks Andrew. I’ve had several people recommend Tweetie. I actually already use it on the desktop, so it will be the next Twitter app that I try.

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  3. When I first got the update I was upset that they took away the highlighting the unread tweets in blue. Then I noticed that they have highlighted the arrow ‘>’ in blue on the right side of the app to indicate unread tweets.

    Echofon has done a great job with this past update. I especially like the username autocomplete during writing a tweet.

  4. Anyone else noticing poor performance with this update? 1 out of 5 times, the app will crash at startup. Other times, its incredibly sluggish. Is this just me? I’m running it on a iPhone 3g, so that may be it but hopefully not. I’m going to try to restore tonight to see if that helps.

    1. It’s working Ok for me, Chris; loads better than TweetDeck in that regard, anyway.

  5. Yes, I’ve got similar. If not worse. Worked fine the first few times then regularly started crashing on startup. Reinstalled it and the process repeated. I thought one of Apple’s excuses for their iron grip on App Store apps was to test and prevent buggy apps :(

  6. Nice article!
    I think the Twitter client landscape has changed in 2010. New approaches and design strategies have yielded some remarkable new Twitter clients.
    TvvitterBug 1.3 is currently in the approval process for release on the App Store this week. This release brings together the culmination of all the features, capabilities, and functionality most sought after in an iPhone/iPod Twitter App, including:
    1. All of the power you want, without the complexity you don’t.
    2. Five (TvvitterBug exclusive) user-customizable Tweet Views.
    3. Up to Five user accounts easily accessible from any view.
    4. Persistent Tweets between launchings so you can view your tweets anytime.
    5. Double-Tap Instant Update to easily and quickly refresh your tweet views on demand.
    6. Built-in Photo capabilities to add photos directly to your tweets.
    7. Built-in Translation support using any of the state-of-the-art web translation engines you choose, such as Google Translate, Yahoo Babelfish, or Promt Translator.
    8. Built-in Web Access to view tweet embedded pictures and other URLs.
    9. Editable User Profile, including setting a new Avatar picture.
    10. Support for both “Fixed” and “Editable” Retweets – you choose.
    11. Landscape support for both Views and Keyboard.
    12. Automatic Language detection and display – great when you’re surfing!
    13. The same ease-of-use and lightning fast operation as the original version.
    I think your readers would be interested in learning more about TvvitterBug from your review.

  7. TvvitterBug 1.5 was just released on the App Store. It adds Geo-location (WDYW2B) capabilities, as well as adds support for yFrog and img.ly. There’s an informative little slide show on this latest release right on the website at: http://www.tvvitterbug.com.

  8. Nathan Jinson Monday, June 7, 2010

    I was actually about to attack this app in favor of Tweetie, but I have to admit, this kind of makes Tweetie look a bit ugly. While I don’t tweet nearly as much as I used to, I am always interested in the cooler Twitter related iPhone Apps. This one seems cool, and I will be give it a look when I have a chance.

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