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Twitterrific was one of the earliest standout options on the App Store for mobile Twitter perusal, but the field has become incredibly competitive since. Cue the new Twitterrific 5 app – a fresh standalone release rather than an update to the existing Twitterrific – which comes across as a reboot for the popular tool, at least in terms of aesthetic.
Rather than copy the likes of Tweetbot and the official Twitter app, Twitterrific 5 makes a bold statement with its minimalist, customizable design. With two quick taps, you'll gain access to font type, size, and spacing options, along with icon size and light or dark themes, letting you tweak your feed to your liking. Twitterrific's streamlined approach also makes it nicely speedy in use, with smooth scrolling throughout plus helpful gestures for reading conversations and replying. It stands apart from the third-party Twitter client competition, something we noted in the design awards entry of our Rounded Rectangles column.
Power users need not apply, however, at least for now. The absence of push notifications is a painful and puzzling omission, and one that will no doubt kill the app's chances with heavy on-the-go iPhone users. Even trying to catch up with my feed proved frustrating in spots, as it would only yield a small number of tweets per load attempt. Even editing your profile is too much to ask of Twitterrific, oddly enough. Much as I enjoyed the shift in perspective and ease of use, Twitterrific 5 can't be my client of choice when everyday features are still MIA.
The bottom line. Sleek and speedy, Twitterrific 5 carves out its own spot in the third-party Twitter market, yet a lack of features holds it back.
Editor's Note: A previous version of the review noted that quickly scrolling to the top of the feed was not possible, when you can actually do so with a tap of the status bar. We regret the error.
iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch running iOS 5.0 or later
Dashingly minimalistic look sets it far apart from the competition. Highly customizable feed design. Speedy throughout.
Crucially lacks push notifications. Quirks make it difficult to catch up on a lot of tweets at once. Generally too simplistic for power users.