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Twitter users tend to be a fairly hardcore bunch, especially when it comes to what they expect from a mobile Twitter app. Happily, SimplyTweet comes chock-full of features. The user interface is simple enough for casual users, but it also comes loaded with enough options that even power users should find themselves satisfied. I know that many Twitter users are rabid about their apps, and Twitter (formerly Tweetie) and others have diehard fans, but SimplyTweet can easily stand up to the pros.
And if you don't know what Twitter is? This isn't an app for you. Moving on.
SimplyTweet's main interface features a single-screen view with five buttons along the bottom. By default, these are set to Friends, Mentions, Messages (DMs), Search, and More; tapping More brings up the other options, such as Lists, My Profile, and Favorites. Happily, you can edit which icons appear on the main screen—so I can have my Lists as one of the main options, for example. The view itself is very basic, showing recent tweets appropriate to that category along with the Twitter user's icon, name, and a timestamp. It's a Twitter app—and, naturally, it works!
The real value in SimplyTweet comes with all the features. You have nifty interface features like swipe-to-reply and full landscape support. Then there are the push notifications, support for multiple accounts, Instapaper and Read It Later support, photo search, the ability to save multiple drafts...you name it, SimplyTweet has incorporated it. Best of all, the interface remains largely uncluttered. I could go on about the myriad features, but the bottom line is that SimplyTweet can easily accommodate almost any power user, all while presenting tons of information in an elegant manner. Just look at how it handles tweets with pictures incorporated.
Like I said before, I know that Twitter users can be very picky about their apps, but even if you swear by Twitterific or Tweetie (ahem, Twitter for iPhone), SimplyTweet is worth checking out. If you don't yet have a dedicated Twitter app, it's an even easier buy. I encountered no crash problems, the push notifications worked promptly, and the app as a whole is elegantly designed. SimplyTweet's 3.1 update brings it up to the ranks of premium Twitter clients for the iPhone.