Developer: Tapbots
Price: $2.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPad 2

iPad Integration Rating: ★★★★☆
User Interface Rating: ★★★★½
Re-use Value Rating: ★★★★★

Overall Rating: ★★★★½

There are very few apps that someone could say “this has been released!” that I would buy immediately. Tweetbot for iPad was apparently on that list, because as soon as I saw on Twitter that the iPhone/iPod touch Twitter client was now available on iPad, I went out and bought it sight-unseen with an urgency unlike the way I approach many other things in my life.

Tweetbot, for the unengaged, is an app from design-conscious developer Tapbots for browsing and posting to Twitter. The iPhone/iPod version brought their design principles, along with a variety of advanced functions like gestures, user muting (be gone, banal check-in service tweets!), multiple account support, and notifications for just about everything involving the user.

Users of the iPhone/iPod touch Tweetbot will be happy to know that the app works in much the same way. Sliding right on a tweet for conversation view, sliding left to view replies to that tweet, and the user-configurable triple tap command are all here. All the configuration options are largely identical, buttons are placed in the same places, multiple account support is here. Even the new tweaks from Tweetbot’s 2.0 update for the iPhone/iPod touch have all been incorporated, and tapping on elements directly in tweets works fantastically. It just has all been designed to fit on the iPad. Timelines, lists, settings, and different accounts can all be quickly switched between on the app’s new left-side menu.

Being used to Twitter for iPad’s sliding card view, it is a little disappointing to see links take up the whole screen, along with the ‘compose new tweet’ view – with a screen that size, having a single view can feel kind of limited, though the conversation view when composing a reply is great. As well, I’m a big proponent of universal apps, and Tweetbot for iPad is not universal, but – paying for great software trumps that desire for universal support.

Having been fed up with the inadequacies of Twitter for iPad – particularly the unresolved bugs that the last update introduced and never fixed – having the Twitter client that I love to use on my iPod touch available for the iPad is something that I need. Users of the smaller version will love the experience on the iPad as it translates perfectly, and the layouts and settings feel immediately familiar. Those who haven’t used it need to check it out – it is the best designed Twitter client out there, and is a dramatic step up in the tweeting experience on iPad.

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