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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.