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The quest for the Twitter app that has no shortcomings, or the one that has a special feature is never-ending. There is no shortage of Twitter apps in the Android Market. I’ve tried many of them, and these are my top 5 Android Twitter apps.

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Looking through the many devices I use, it’s obvious one can never have too many Twitter apps. The quest for the Twitter app that has no shortcomings, or the one that has a special feature that others lack is a never-ending one. Android may be a young smartphone platform, but there is no shortage of Twitter apps in the Market. I’ve tried many of them, and these are my top 5 Twitter apps for Android, in order of my preference.

Touiteur. No matter how many Twitter apps I try, I seem to always come back to this one with the weird name (pronounced “Twitter” with a French accent, as per the developer). It makes the best use of the small screen of all of the apps on this list, and it runs very quickly. I like how the display can be configured to make all links in tweets display in a different color. That makes them really stand out, and with a lot of tweets on the screen at once that is important to me. €1.99.

Twicca. There are two primary areas of importance for Twitter apps — good use of the screen and a full set of features for dealing with tweets. Twicca excels in both areas. Tapping a tweet pops up a box with more options for dealing with the tweet than many people might need, but it’s nice to have lots of functionality at the tap of a finger. Free.

Seesmic. Seesmic has been around a good while and it is a very good app for bouncing around the Twitterverse. It also makes decent use of the small screen, and packs a lot of features in a tight package. One of the unique features of Seesmic that I like is how it handles Twitter lists. I have a few lists I follow, and while most of these apps do a good job with lists, Seesmic is the only one that lets me see how many lists follow me. I was blown away to see how many lists are following my humble tweets. Free.

Twidroyd. Twidroyd was recently acquired by TweetUp which is making deals to put the app on partner phones. It is still available in the Market, and is a solid performer. Twidroyd looks the most like the genuine Twitter app, and has a solid feature set. The free version is good, and the paid version adds the ability to work in multiple Twitter accounts, and includes three widgets. Free and $3.99.

Twitter. This is the official app by the Twitter folks, and it is a decent app. It runs lightning fast, and handles uploading photos to tweets well along with most Twitter tasks. Twitter for Android integrates well the OS. Free.

Most Twitter apps for Android include one or more widgets for accessing Twitter on the home screen. I don’t recommend doing that, as background Twitter updating can hit the phone battery hard, even when the phone is sitting idle.

These are all fine apps for using Twitter, but they are by all means not the only ones in the Market. If you have a favorite, please share it in the comments. The information we learn from each other is the most valuable as there is no substitute for experience.

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  1. Why such an old picture of Twidroyd? The icons across the bottom are much better in the newer versions.

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    1. I couldn’t find a new picture and can’t take a screen shot of my install on Android. :(

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    2. thanks for sending me a better screen shot of Twidroyd via Twitter (appropriately). It’s been used. :)

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  2. I’m currently using HTC Peep on the Evo 4G and Twicca on the Droid X. What I’m really waiting for is TweetDeck for Android. I need my columns! Hopefully it won’t be too much longer….

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    1. Hey Raymond,
      We’re getting very close to launching TweetDeck for Android now, and I’m sure you wont be disappointed with what we have in store for you… :)

      @richardbarley

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  3. Stephen Cerruti Saturday, July 24, 2010

    Perhaps it’s time I go and look at Twitter apps again. I fell in love with Tweetcaster after using Swift for Twitter for some time. It’s ability to post video and update Facebook status in addition to the recent inclusion of inline images really make it work for me.

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  4. I must say, from what I’ve tried, seismic and hootsuite have been the best and both free versions support multiple accounts. I like hoitsuite a lot but keep seismic for uploading photos because it allows u to select a photo service like twiypic, or tweetphoto, while hootsuite doesn’t. They r so similar. Waiting for tweetdeck. Hope it does not disappoint.

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  5. I find that twitter app Tweeter Deck and Tweet caster are good twitter clients.

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  6. For @MrSwagg_ Top 5 Twitter Apps for Android http://t.co/ltq8PPiN

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