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Windows Phone Twitter apps have their timeline views compared

We've asked a number of Windows Phone Twitter apps to strip down and reveal their timeline views, but fear not as we'll pixel out any secret areas. Rene Ritchie over at iMore recently compared some Twitter apps as a response to Phil Nickinson's AndroidCentral round-up of Android bird apps, both looking at how timeline views are different (if at all).

Not ones to feel left out, we decided to get involved and tag along, so here's our look at 10 Twitter apps for Windows Phone.

We've played it safe and selected 10 Twitter apps for Windows Phone, but we could have continued on to include more. The store features a number of gateways to the social network, but which is the best? Everyone has a favourite but when it comes down to Twitter apps, it's subjective to argue which is the best solution for consumers. 

Here's a look at a comparison of Windows Phone Twitter timeline views:

Twitter

Twitter

Rowi

Rowi

MoTweets

MoTweets

Mehdoh

Mehdoh

Cowlick

Cowlick

Tweet It!

Tweet It!

Gleek!

glƏƏk!

Twabbit

Twabbit

MeTweets

MeTweets

 

 

Peregrine

Peregrine

 

 

There you have it, folks. Pretty neat, eh? It's interesting to see just how similar each Twitter app is with one another. There are a few clients that do attempt to differentiate from the status quo, but no matter what mobile platform you use, it's always going to be a familiar interface - one which has proven to be both intuitive and efficient.

Where do we see the future of Twitter on Windows Phone? More integration at system level with the People Hub, as well as a focus on speech control and other advancements that will be included in future operating system updates.

Be sure to check out the same comparisons over on Android Central and iMore. What are your favourite Twitter apps for Windows Phone?

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I tried Gleek!, Cowlick!, Rowi, MeTweets, Twitter, Tweet It and Mehdoh, and while all of them (except the official Twitter app) are very well done, Mehdoh is my personal favorite.

hello. is Mehdoh allow you to see who retweeted, Favorite your tweets? as I can see among the pictures above. only twabbit have the Interaction, like in a website version. :D please answer me haha

 

I haven't tried Peregrine, Twabbit or Cowlick, but from my experience, MoTweets has consistently loaded the timeline faster than the other Twitter aps i've tried.

Agreed. I've loaded them all and only have kept peregrine. App is awesome if you are just a twitter follower . . . . Having notifications for the timeline instead of just dms and @s is awesome.

I love Peregrine for this feature, and the increased information density in the smallest font, but it still has issues.
 
Frequently direct messages just show up as a blank white box, and it also has occasional problems with URL redirects that force me to use the "Open in Browser" button to get them to load.
 
Honestly, I really wish some of the other clients did this with their live tile instead.

I was exactly the same. I really liked Carbon but had to go back to Mehdoh once I got my L920 as Carbon was pulled. It's a shame to really pull the app just before WP8 even came out. The app was barely updated though and never even implimented a lot of what they said they were going to although I really liked the 2 finger retweet gesture. 

I like Mehdoh and I've been using it for a while... Lately I've been really into Gleek, though. Lately I've also been checking out Tweet it. Seems pretty cool. I want Liquid Daffodil to make a Facebook app now. I think that would be amazing.

Do any of these twitter apps show conversations? For example, all the replies to a tweet and/or tweets before (like in a thread)?

Not all conversations, but only those that you were part of. Its a Twitter API restriction for 3rd party apps, according to Liquid Daffodil and other devs.

Twabbit as well, but it starts from the reply and not from the tweet you replied to. So the latest reply will load the entire conversation.

Mehdoh, because it lets me place my lists adjacent to the main timeline. I can flick left or right to see my specific tweets according to category. It also has support for sound cloud and instagram built-in, which you can also flick left or right to view.

I love twitter apps!!
I tried Rowi, Gleek, Mehdoh, Metweet and the Official Twitter app. I'm liking Rowi the best.

The problem with those apps for my region (Indonesia) is most of them are unavailable - Only Rowi is available. I grabbed Mehdoh and Metweets while they're free and tried Gleek in the US Store. Heck, when I bought the Lumia 920 even the Official Twitter apps wasn't available in the store.
I know that some regions has stricter apps approval policy but it's just weird that also applied to twitter apps, especially when 1 app is available while other very similar apps are not.

All the twitter clients for WP OS are well-made. For me, Rowi stands out at the top of the list. Fast, neat & reliable.

I keep switching between MeTweets and Mehdoh, MeTweets kept crashing and wouldn't save my mute filters for a while. That's been fixed but I'm sure it's either MeTweets, BaconIt or Photostream that absolutely annihilates my battery after opening it. I've turned background tasks off for all 3 but a couple days ago went from a full charge to 0% within 2 hours of unplugging my phone and leaving my house. Really like both apps though, the only advantage I find with MeTweets is the mute filters, when they work.

Because of lack of features in others, I always find myself reverting back to OFFICIAL. Rowi: cannot delete DMs.
 
 

Lol I still use rowi. I always wonder if someone anyone can come up with a different design for twitter clients other than pivots....

Are there any twitter apps that allow you to see who has favorited your tweets, like the @connect option on the web browser?

I'd like to see the Connect Tab on Twitter apps for WP. Unfortunately none of the apps I've tried (CMIIW) like Official, Rowi, Mehdoh and MeTweets have it yet.

I used to love Mehdoh and I still do but I've been using rowi more and more because of its ability to show links in a mobile view right away. Mehdoh still has the best layout of all, though.

I'm not sure why but I've been unable to get any twitter app to notify me of new tweets, I've tried about 4 but can't remember which ones off the top of my head. I think gleek, metweets, official twitter but I cannot remember the last one.

I bounce back and forth between Rowi and Mehdoh. Carbon used to be in the mix, but I nuked it shortly after it was abandoned. I've also tried Gleek and Cowlick, but neither did it for me. I have never tried the baked-in Twitter functionality. I don't care to risk a dump of my contact list to Twitter, as happens with baked in Facebook to Facebook. (If People hub integration had control on a contact email by contact email basis, I would have used baked-in. But as is, WP's baked-in social integration is worthless.)

I'm in between with Mehdoh and Rowi but for me Rowi always wins because it is faster in loading tweets
while Mehdoh is better in showing other information in the profile .. any way I would pretty much advice every one to buy either of them and forget about official twitter

MeTweets is the best one because it has a UI similar to Tweetbot for iOS. To me, that is the benchmark Twitter client - all the WP twitter clients have clunky interfaces in some shape or form - they ought to be looking over the fence to see how competitors on other platforms are doing it.

I have to say the OFFICIAL app looks the sexiest.  :)
However, Rowi has better features.  The official app needs another big update to bring the latest features.

Even thought there are some great Twitter apps out there, I'm stuck with the official app all because of the API restrictions (i.e. real time). The Twiter app is, of course, the only one which doesn't suffer from it.

I've tried all of them since I'm a heavy twitter user and my personal favorite is Metweets, I like the interface and the fact that it has instant push notifications, all the others I tried didn't offer me that.

My personal favorite is MeTweets because of it's UI. But my daily client is Twabbit just because it works super fast!

Honestly the official Twitter clien looks the best. I personally use MeTweets since it's the only Twitter clien besides Rowi that offers true push notifications. The rest are rip offs because they claim to offer push notifications but in reality they only poll once ever 30 minutes.

Not for long. There are strict UI guidelines now from Twitter that come into force along side the 1.1 API.

I know! It shows the zoomed out full image! Others only show a strip.

But I think Tweet It! is the best at inline images.

I have tried all of the apps and I keep going back to Mehdoh.  It is clean, fast and handles my notifications the best.

New update for Twitter for Windows is out today and I've been using Twitter on my Windows Phone from last 3 hours. It's simply amazing and has reached a new level. I wrote a review about it here: http://bit.ly/XYY86c