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Last Updated: July 24th, 2011

With so many Twitter clients available for Android, it’s hard to decide which one best suits you. Although I don’t think that there’s a ‘best’ Twitter app on Android, because different applications excel in different areas, I’ve selected five of, what I believe to be, the best clients available right now. Each app is available on the Market for free, with some offering ‘Pro’ versions too.

 

Touiteur (Free, Pro Version Available for €1,99)

If you manage to spell it correctly when searching in the Market (which I failed to do several times), Touiteur is well worth taking a look at. Made by the same team that develops Beautiful Widgets, it looks great and is really easy to navigate. You can find your way around the app by using the tabs at the bottom, which are easily accessible although a little small if you have large hands. If you want to write a tweet, you can simply drag down the bar at the top of the app, like you would when using the notification bar, and the keyboard will appear too.

 

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The free version of Touiteur comes with a good set of features, but nothing that sets it apart from the competition. The main advantage of Touiteur is the interface, which is really well designed. If you opt for the pro version, which you should, you’ll be able to manage multiple accounts, customize the app with themes and view tweets from the included widget. Unfortunately, there’s no support for geotagging, a feature available in numerous other Twitter apps.

 

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Seesmic (Free)

Available from the Market for free, Seesmic includes some features that aren’t available in the free version of Touiteur, such as support for multiple accounts and goetagging. Although the interface is a lot simpler than some other Twitter apps on Android, all of the features are easily accessible, with larger tabs at the top of the screen making it easy to get around without tapping on the wrong thing!

 

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With its simple interface, Seesmic is a great application for those that want to share and view tweets without worrying about more complex features. I found that it did what I wanted it to do without any problems, and over all was pretty satisfied with the experience.

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Tweetcaster (Free, Pro Version Available for $4.99)

Again available for free in the Market, Tweetcaster offers a unique user interface and great functionality to match. I was surprised by the quirky interface which made it straightforward to navigate around the app. You can set up multiple accounts, choose from a number of themes and use geotagging when you tweet. The great thing about Tweetcaster is that the free version has the exact same functionality as the ‘Pro’ version, so if you don’t mind seeing a small ad banner at the bottom of your screen, you can save yourself $4.99.

 

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Unfortunately, there’s no widget available with Tweetcaster, which I would have liked to see, although it’s definitely one of the best free clients available for Android at the moment. Packed with features ranging from GPS to support for themes, it should definitely be on your list of apps to try out.

 

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Twidroid (Free, Pro Version Available for €3,39)

Unlike Tweetcaster, the free version of Twidroid is missing some key features many users require in a client. Features such as geotagging and lists are available, but there’s no support for multiple accounts or themes. The features that are available in the free version of Twidroid are easily accessible via the series of icons at the bottom of the screen, allowing you to navigate between tabs effortlessly.

 

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Fortunately, the ‘Pro’ version of Twidroid offers everything anyone could want in a Twitter application, providing an abundance of features such as multiple account support, themes, an included widget and even an in-app browser. If you consider yourself a Twitter power-user, paying €3,39 for the Pro version is a no brainer.

 

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Twitter (Free)

Of course, this list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the official Twitter application for Android. When I used the Twitter app for the first time, it was a breath of fresh air. The home screen of the app makes the other clients look cluttered and inaccessible. You can watch trending topics appear at the bottom of the screen, and choose from six main features via large icons, as opposed to small tabs found in other apps. The major selling point of the official client is its integration with other services in Android. You can link Twitter accounts that you follow to your contacts, so you can see at a glance what your friends have been tweeting recently.

 

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Despite the incredibly well designed user interface, Twitter doesn’t offer as many features as some other apps available on the Market, such as Twidroid Pro. There’s no multiple account support, although you can, however, easily search tweets, select trending topics from the home screen and take advantage of geotagging capabilities all from a simple interface. This makes the official Twitter application a great choice for a user looking for basic functionality in a nice package.

 

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What do you think? Did we skip your favorite Twitter app for Android? Leave your thoughts in the comments!

John Thompson
John's been addicted to technology ever since he tinkered with his first custom built PC when he was 10 years old. He's also the proud owner of seven Amazon Kindles, but only because he destroyed the first six.

  • http://www.twitter.com/chrisjsimon Chris

    Where's Twicca? It's an awesome, features-packed Twitter app. You should all try it. You'll love it! :)

  • http://mycnsinstructor.wordpress.com Phil Fenton

    I think you missed some important features, particularly for power users particularly in the Seesmic Twitter. For example Seesmic allows you to Tweet and retweet from multiple accounts, which is huge for a power user like myself. A second benefit of Seesmic over the other cients is the way it works with other apps for bookmarking. Seesmic crushes the competition in this area as well, working well with the browser and RSS feeders and always grabs the post title from the article you're trying to share. Seesmic is the best Twitter client out there...not even close.

    • http://androidpolice.com/author/john-thompson John Thompson

      Thanks for the input Phil. I used all of the clients for about a day, but didn't get a chance to try out all of the features you mentioned there!

  • SirSteven

    Tweetdeck is apparently launching for Android quite soon, so that will likely become the best and most full-featured free twitter app. It's fantastic on iPhone (though I don't like it on the desktop owing to the awkward feel of Adobe AIR apps).

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      SirSteven, try out the latest TweetDeck Desktop - they rolled an update and the app is nothing short of amazing, both visually and functionally (even has scheduled tweets now).

      The Android app is indeed coming - the Tweetdeck CEO demoed it to me at Google I/O. It is indeed going to be great.

  • Kyle

    This little app while not a twitter client per se is pretty cool. Allows you to see the current twitter trends on your home screen. http://android.takemoa.com.

  • http://twitter.com/Dave_6 Dave

    I like Touiteur but lately you have to wait for it to clean the databases when you open it.

    A major problem with the official twitter app is that it takes a long time to post a tweet. It should not take as long, the mobile site does better.

  • http://twitter.com/gillyarcht Gilly Youner

    read this to see what else is out there, as Twidroyd/Twidroid just kills me with the new pop-up ad banners that wont go away.what I liked about twidroyd was the 'retweet all',autofill for @names, and 'view conversation' functions that regular twitter on pc doesnt have. will have to try a few alternates. thx for the post.

  • mubarak

    they updated the official one now i dont like it am trying to find the that gives trending topics any suggestions?

  • http://luthfi.my/ Luthfi

    got a lot of apps.
    wah, don't know which one to use. but i'm quite familiar with twitter for android. its quite easy for me :)

    Thanks for sharing here

  • Providence

    yo idk y but in the appslib it says that Touiteur it cant find anything named like tht and all the other apps either dont work or just or they wont let me log in wwhat should i do

  • dan

    What's a good twitter app that you can retweet with edits?

    • http://twitter.com/pgn_princess Amanda L-S

      plume--lets you retweet as is, or "quote and retweet" which lets you add or edit tweet b4 retweeting:)

  • http://dave6.posterous.com Dave

    this article is really out of date..

    I think the only twitter app for android is tweetdeck and it was not mentioned.

  • Tyler

    I love to use tweet deck, but it gets so old trying to keep up with looking through all the tweets!! check out Reader for Twitter, it reads the tweets for you:]

  • http://www.softechglobe.vacau.com softech

    Nice twitter applications .....