Developer: WhereMark
Price: $0.99
Version Reviewed: 2.3
Device Reviewed On: iPad

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

Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆

Twitter is a hectic place, full of thousands upon thousands of people all trying to make their voices heard in 140 characters or less. Relaxing is definitely something it isn’t. WhereMark has decided that the Twitter experience doesn’t always have to be this way, with the introduction of TwitterStream HD.

The idea is certainly a unique one. Where power-users such as myself are used to neat, clinical lists, TwitterStream HD ditches all that in favour of a more ‘Zen’ approach. It all starts off with the app’s background, which is a most inviting looking pond.

By touching the screen the user can interact with this pond, creating swishes and ripples along with the relevant sound effects. Speaking of sound, the background music is extremely calming, with a dose of gently chiming bells thrown in for good measure.

Now here comes the unique bit; tweets float down the pond on different coloured leaves. If one looks interesting the user can simply tap the relevant leaf which enlarges it, making it easier to read. The user can also tweet and retweet as per any other Twitter app, and any pictures/links can still be viewed, although the user gets taken outside of TwitterStream HD.

Unfortunately there are a couple of issues, for me anyway. For starters the user is unable to tweet pictures. Mentions and retweets are also absent, as is the ability to view an entire conversation.

Now, I completely understand that TwitterStream HD is being pushed as more of observing app, but the lack of these functions is the only thing stopping me from using this as my main Twitter client.

TwitterStream HD is a really interesting app. The user interface is most enjoyable to use, as well as looking great. With a few additions this app has the potential to be fantastic.

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