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Getting too invested in a new Twitter client can be risky these days. There's always the possibility that it won't be updated with the features you want, or bugs might not get squashed to your liking. It may also be awesome and run through its 100k Twitter tokens before being abandoned. Well, Fenix for Twitter might be at least worth taking a risk on. This new app seems to get a lot of things right, and it's only a 1.0 release.

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Right from the start, Fenix is a snappy app. It probably helps that the dev is following the Android design guidelines pretty closely – Fenix is Holo through and through. I suppose that means most users will find it quite attractive, and it is for the most part. The default UI is Holo light, but you also have dark and black (for AMOLEDs). On Tablets, Fenix has a dual-pane interface reminiscent of Falcon Pro.

Apps like this can sometimes look a bit uninteresting now that we've all adjusted to Holo being a thing, but Fenix is still much better looking than most competing apps. It might be nice to get some more distinct UI elements in the app as it evolves – transparent nav and status bars might be a nice direction to go.

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The slide-out navigation menu is used to hop between the various parts of the app. It has the traditional Twitter timelines, including mentions and DMs. However, it also has versions of the newer Activity and Discover feeds. Unlike Twitter's official client, Fenix lets you rearrange and remove sections you don't want (I appreciate this feature quite a lot). In addition to opening the navigation menu, you can swipe to move between sections, so the arrangement options are especially important here.

The timelines work pretty much as you'd expect – images and videos can be previewed in Tweets, and a quick tap opens them. Fenix has a built-in browser, though it lacks any really compelling features. It's just a little more convenient for quick viewing than sending the link to Chrome or whatever else you use. Tapping on a Tweet opens the details screen where you can see the conversation view, which is very clean and easy to follow in Fenix. This is also where you'll find buttons to reply, RT, and so on. The unread count at the top can be tapped to jump back to the top of the list as well. If you're sick of hearing about something in your timeline, Fenix has support for muting.

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For many folks, multiple account support is a must-have feature. Well, Fenix supports it – a bold move these days for a paid Twitter client. That means each sale could gobble up more than its fair share of Twitter tokens, leading to the app running out sooner than it might otherwise have. To add a new account, just tap on the drop down next to your current account profile in the slide-out nav bar.

This is a hands-on, not a full review. As such, I haven't had enough time to say for certain how reliable Fenix's notification system is. However, the timeline is updating correctly, so I don't foresee an issue with that. You have full control over what timelines produce notifications and on which account. Posting from Fenix is essentially perfect – it can auto-complete usernames, has URL shortening, drafts, and even includes software buttons for the ''@' and '#' symbols.

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The only thing I feel is sorely missing from Fenix at launch is a widget. It's not uncommon for Twitter clients to add that later, but it should at least be on the agenda (I hope). Not everyone uses widgets, but if you have a good scrollable widget on the home screen, it can easily become one of the primary ways you read tweets.

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If the early lack of a widget is not a deal breaker for you, Fenix is definitely worth taking a closer look at. This app is $2.50 in the Play Store.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • BoomBoomPow

    Too dull and lacks color

  • Shamu

    Reminds me of Talon

  • Jon Leach

    Nothing special really. I'm actually a lot happier with the stock twitter app. I would not buy it again.

    • Hothfox

      I'm disappointed in myself for going back to the official Twitter client, but their plans have worked. By limiting their API, third party developers can't match the official Twitter experience, and we start falling behind on features. I went back to the official Twitter app so I could get all the features when they are released without waiting for devs to come up with a workaround for the missing API details.

      • Dan Wilczynski

        I am holding out against this as long as possible, just because of their strategy. So far FalconPro is still my go-to.

        • Frettfreak

          I am as well. Carbon is my choice, but have falcon pro too

  • vyktorsouza

    meh
    it will be hard to top Talon, try again

  • Patrycja Wąsik

    Better than Talon, better than Falcon Pro... Better than every other Twitter app!. Try and you won't regret.

    • ECU_Grad

      For $2.50, it has to be leaps and bounds above Falcon Pro for me to pay for an app, when the free alternative I use is already pretty stout.

      The only feature that MIGHT be worth it is posting simultaneous to twitter/facebook ...a feature I haven't seen done well since tweetdeck was independent.

      • Chippah

        Falcon pro has been flaky latley.. prob due to lack of dev support at this point combined with twitter changes no?

        • Matthew

          Dev gave it an update last week....

          My Twitter app ranking
          1. Falcon
          2. Tweedle
          3. Carbon
          4. Robird
          5. Fenix

          • Frettfreak

            I like carbon a lot! Needs a good SCROLLABLE widget though.

    • Kesey

      Why is it better? Or do you just work for the company?

      • Patrycja Wąsik

        It's just my private opinion...

  • WitnessG

    I have tried many twitter clients and I always go back to Falcon Pro. I'm just so used to using Falcon for so long and I like its UI.

    • http://sushubh.net/ chromaniac

      Latest build has so many bugs. Complain about them and you are accused of being an ass on the community.

      • ECU_Grad

        Many bugs? Like what? I don't see them. I'm curious, not being rude.

        FalconPro 2.1.3.1 was released with "a bunch of bug fixes". Are you on that version?

        • fabulosospucas

          I, too, have a LOT of bugs on Falcon Pro, the most annoying is the FC every now and then, which gets extremely irritating.

  • http://rootzwiki.com/news Max M.

    I've spent way too much on Twitter clients.

  • jesus_c31

    For me robird better and costs only 1.99

  • Jay

    My only requirement is a scrollable widget. That's the only way I read my tweets. So I'll stick with Falcon for now

    • Frettfreak

      AMEN

  • PopeTackler

    I own all the latest and greatest Twitter clients and Fenix is the best in my eyes, hands down.

    Though nothing wrong with Talon, Falcon, etc. Fenix' UI just speaks to me as a user; minimal but powerful. I can't live without the huge media previews.

    Judging by the comments here a lot of people haven't tried it and never will. You wouldn't be making such ignorant assumptions based only on screenshots if you had.

    You can lead a horse to water and all that. Hey, more Twitter tokens for the rest of us!

  • Jooyoung Hong

    Tweedle for Twitter, is the best #HOLOYOLO twitter client in my opinion.

    Check it out

  • fonix232

    So HOLO, much likes, very duarte!

  • Christian Tolentino

    Been going back and forth with so many twitter apps and I found myself replacing Falcon and settling with this app even just on preview version that's how good it is for me. With version 1.0 out if it's still not perfect it surely is damn close. it's worth every penny. It's functional like Falcon Pro but more elegant. Some may love the customization features of Talon but users like me just like a simple and fast app that's oozing Google in every sense. Try comparing Fenix and Google+ side by side and see the similarities. I think this is how Google would want the official twitter app should be. Very fast, simple to use and very direct no nonsense app. And has great developer support too so for sure it will be better. I have no complaints. Best twitter client bar none.

  • Deeco

    Another victim of Twitter token request.

  • aNYthing6

    I dunno, don't see what makes this better than Falcon Pro or Talon. I only recently moved to Talon because Falcon Pro has gotten really slow/buggy, but I like it the most.

  • someone755

    I would totes use this.
    But I don't use Twitter. xD

  • James Diman

    One thing most reviewers of Twitter clients do not mention, is if you can have columns. Tweetdeck was the best at this. I wish Twitter would incorporate it, since they own them. I currently use UberSocial because it has columns. If I want to follow a person or a hashtag, I can put it in a column and then swipe left/right to read them all. Falcon and Talon do not have this feature.

  • Mike Newman

    I really like Tweedle. It's free (with very limited ads). I used one of the official client consumer keys https://gist.github.com/rhenium/3878505 to get around rate limiting.

  • Vardan Nazaretyan

    Lord Duarte approves this, probably.
    #PraiseTheLord #SingYourHoloGospels #HOLOYOLO

  • Seun A.

    Thinking about jumping from Falcon Pro to this. FP has gotten too slow.

  • TheFirstUniverseKing

    I don't see how Fenix looks any better or more #HOLOYOLO than Talon. And I've participated in Fenix's beta releases, so I know what it's like. It's just Talon with less features. Look at this screenshot of Talon and tell me it looks worse than Fenix. They look freaking identical. Yet Talon has transparent nav and status bars on KitKat, plus 3rd party theming support to even further improve its look. Fenix doesn't even have a widget.

  • azrirashid

    The only twitter app that managed to pull me away from my previous favourite, Falcon Pro

  • AllPurposeRadio

    Falcon has been updated several times recently. I've tried the majority of them...and until one them does a scrolling widget as well as Falcon I'll always stick with it.

  • AllPurposeRadio

    Yeah I'll eat a little crow...just gave it a try. Love it! Great functionality but not overly complicated...love the supreme holo design...the customizable sections is awesome to. In app, the only thing missing is a favorite user function/section. Outside of that and the widget its a winner!

  • a Reader

    Wow, I really like this. The name sounded really familiar... was reminding me of something Nokia for some reason. So thought that this may finally be the return of the Dev who brought us the (awesome) Symbian app Gravity but turns out not to be the case. Hopefully some day soon...

  • Frettfreak

    i would give this a shot if it had a trial version, but no scrollable widget, and have to pay just to try it is a no starter for me. If the dev isnt confident enough to offer some way to try it before you give him cash, he aint getting my cash. lol

  • Nifs

    I'll stick with Carbon, thank you very much.

  • Suhas

    I was just checking all the comments and figured out there are many other Twitter clients that I have failed to try. Sadly Carbon or Falcon doesn't have anymore tokens. I use the official app at the moment.

    But I also wanted to mention that I use Plume. And I believe Plume is feature packed as well. I wonder why it didn't appear down below in the comments. Are these new clients much better than that? If so in what features?

  • Roger

    Everyone seems to be ignoring Tweetings, lovely card ui, and one of the only clients with true push notifications. i.e. it doesn't keep a battery draining connection open to twitter to achieve it

  • Hothfox

    I think in the morning after not having looked at it all night, sometimes it will jump to the top, and I'll have to scroll down to see my missed ones. I don't follow more than 150 people, and most of them are in the same time zone, so they're not tweeting all night, so it's not a big deal to me, and not the main reason to switch clients.

    • DoctorRabbitfoot

      I think it is a reason for me NOT to switch the official client though. I appreciate the response!

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