April 26, 2011 by Vincent
My Take on iPhone TweetDeck 2.0
The long awaited new TweetDeck 2.0 for iOS is finally here. After my initial comment on TweetDeck iOS’s teaser blog post, I have received multiple email notifications every other day for every published new comments. The tone wasn’t friendly at least to say, most people are complaining about the lack of update of a supposedly “will be submitting the app to Apple in the next few days”.
50 odd days later, the app is finally available in the App Store — for free of course. To summarize my take on it, it’s significantly better than the previous version, but falls short of my expectation.
- Highly customizable columns, the very reason why I love TweetDeck
- Column swiping
- Conversation view when viewing individual tweet
- Beautiful interface, especially when viewing profile
- Tweets are highly readable
- Landscape browser
- Able to return to where you left off after minimizing the app (not possible in the old iOS TweetDeck). Won’t work though if you exit the app completely.
- Tweet from different/multiple accounts (tap on the avatar while in the compose window)
- App crashes every time the built-in photo viewer is launched. Every singe time.
- No individual time stamp on tweets while in column view
- No RT/Reply/Favorite/etc buttons in column view. You’d have to view a tweet individually to have access to the said buttons (deal breaker)
- Unable to return to the first column in a single swipe from the last column. Very tedious to swipe all the way back, especially when you have gazillion columns around
- Poor integration with Instapaper
I was using TweetBot for the past week, and my very first response after launching the new TweetDeck is, “why is it silent?“. Yes, I’m spoiled by TweetBot’s sound effects.
For now, I’ll stick to TweetBot, at least until it’s possible to RT/Reply in column view.
The above observations are done in under an hour playing with the app, so take it with a pinch of salt. I will revisit iOSDeck again after a revised version is out.