TweetCaster is a wild ride for mobile Twitter that is feature-rich and well thought out in its design and user interface. It combines cool styling with on-the-go functionality, and is probably the most stacked of all the apps that we have seen. Basically, it stormed onto the scene and slammed Plume’s lunch tray out of its hands, then demanded his lunch money. The rumble was on, and what a fight it was.
TweetCaster tends to laugh at other apps when it looks at their tiny excuses for goodies; a user can jump into their profile, edit it as they would on Twitter, and even sort their own tweets by how many times the user’s @ was dropped by others. Want to know how many retweets you’ve submitted? How about how many times you have been retweeted? It does it all, and can be color-coded.
We here at TBC found the photo function to be quite a winner; the photo is taken and placed into the tweet as an attachment, so there is no annoying yfrog line in the tweet window, just a clear space to place one’s thoughts. Issue? The load time is ridiculous compared to other platforms, but for some that may not be an issue. The Caster (TweetCaster’s awesome, TBC created nickname) also allows the attachment of video to tweets just as easily as photos. This is an AV geek’s wet dream; or even the not-so-AV-geek-but-just-plain-geek’s wet dream.
The widget is also great, featuring a tweet bar, plus a single Timeline bar below it, and the combo of the two looks awesome due to the Caster’s brilliant design. Problem? Again, the amount of load-time. Refreshing seems to take a huge amount of time, and this is in direct comparison to Plume, not because of the phone (Droid Incredible by HTC, btw.)
Most of the other reviewers on this project were in agreement that the overall look of the Caster was phenomenal. The fan favorite look? Bubbles. When looking at the main content of the timeline or retweets one can customize the look of individual “friend’s” tweets to look like little cartoon speech bubbles; the comic geeks loved it. Problem? Many Twitter photo types were, for some reason, not shown in the timeline, and when selecting a pic to view it opened in a new window, again, burning up more time.
In summary, the Caster is a program for the Twitter connoisseur or the true Twitter-lover, the guy who wants to curl up in some tweets and fall asleep forever. Due to its lag time and small send buttons, TBC can’t recommend the app for those who just need to scoot in and out of the door. The feature-laden app is something one would have to sit down with and really throw one’s self into, it isn’t for the casual or ADD type of Twitter user. Looking for the ultimate, feature-rich mobile Twitter app? Spend some time with TweetCaster and be prepared to stay for a while.
TweetCaster, an amazing Twitter journey, but is it enough to put a whuping down on Plume? Stay tuned for the next post: The Twitter Twin challenge, where Plume and the Caster go head-to-head with 24 hours of side-by-side use, tit-for-tat. Don’t miss it.