This week there were about 75 new apps released into the catalog between Monday and Friday. Two of which were paid Twitter apps. Twee and TinyTwitter are the newest of the now four Twitter apps available on WebOS which includes Spaz and Tweed as well. Here is a short run down of each of the clients incase you haven't decided to make that big decision to purchase the paid Twitter apps because you might be happy with the free choices.
Vote for your favorite choice after the break...
Spaz: This is one of the first Twitter apps to enter the catalog along with Tweed Beta. Spaz is a great app and has a pretty nice UI. Spaz lets you basically do everything you could want to do with a Twitter client with its newest features allowing you to do a search in a separate card and they refreshed the GUI. For me personally, my two big gripes with Spaz are its sluggishness that it has which seems to also cause all of WebOS to lag a little bit when Spaz is open, and it only allows you to have one account open in one card at a time. You can open a new card for searching with the same account but it doesn't allow multiple cards for each account. I do enjoy that tapping the top bar will bring you to the top of the timeline instantly. I think to help Spaz get a little more limelight it might need a name change that associates it with Twitter in a more obvious way as well as an icon so people know it is a Twitter app just by looking. It must be noted though that Spaz is a free app. There were rumors that it was supposed to become a paid app eventually but, we have not heard recently if this is going to be true or not.
TinyTwitter: TinyTwitter is brand new in the App Catalog and was a pleasant surprise when it was released. We all knew Twee was coming sooner or later but hadn't gotten much word on TinyTwitter. It is nice to see more Twitter choices and of course being the Catalog obsessionist I am, I purchased it immidiately without thinking twice. This Twitter app definitely needs some work but, it has one thing that no other Twitter app has mastered yet. Speed, TinyTwitter has the fastest and most smooth scrolling out of any of the apps and switching between screens and menus is fluid and quick. There is hardly any waiting at all and almost no stutter. That having been said you can only have one card open, it doesn't even let you view trending topics, (or I am lacking the know how to find them) and you can't upload photos Via Twitpic or any other way. So if you want something that is super fast and just works with a simple UI. TinyTwitter is for you at the low price of $1.99. The app description in the App Catalog says they listen to feedback and will continue to improve the app.
Tweed: This is obviously the most popular Twitter app just because it was the first one in the App Catalog with a name that shouted "I AM A TWITTER APP"! and for good reason. This app does it all; built in photo uploads, mutliple cards for multiple accounts, notifications, a great looking GUI, and it is a fairly stutter free UI. Now I say fairly stutter for a couple of reasons. Tweed has a nice notification system but it seems when notifications are on all of WebOS seems to slow down. Jumping in and out of apps takes a second or two longer and scrolling does have its occasional hiccups. However it doesn't quite slow the system down like Spaz currently does. Tweed also seems to forget notifications occassionally. I can leave notifications on for mentions, direct messages, and timeline but, still not get a notification for days. It also doesn't allow landscape viewing yet (neither do Spaz or TinyTwitter) but according to the developers for Tweed, the functionality will come in a future update. With that in mind it is the second fastest twitter client and has a free version. Right now Tweed is $1.99 for the full version which the guys at Pivotal Labs say will continue to to recieve updates and feature improvements and a Free beta version which won't be updated any longer. Definitely a great choice for your Twitter needs.
Twee: Last but certainly not least we have Twee. Twee is new to the App Catalog but, homebrew users are and have been very familiar with this app for a while. Twee takes the UI interactions on Twitter into their own by allowing you to have a side scrolling bar at the bottom and the timeline scrolling in the forefront that can scroll up and down. The bottom scroll menu allows you to move it left and right, and has all of your basic options such as the timeline, mentions, direct messages, trending topics, and search. Another benefit of using Twee over any other iteration of Twitter in the catalog is it allows you to switch to landscape. Simply turn your phone to the side and it will re-orientate the screen for you. Twee much like Spaz and Tweed suffers from performance struggles when it comes to scrolling. Twee however doesn't seem to affect any other part of WebOS while its open. I was able to keep three cards open all day without any other apps being slowed down because of it. The scrolling is noticeably laggy when shuffling through the timeline or trending topics as well as moving the side scrolling from left to right. Not a deal breaker through. Twee also has an exceptional customizable notification engine which seems to just work. It refreshes every so often but it never forgets and anytime you have new tweets or mentions you will always know after the it refreshes in the backround. The app also includes photo uploading and viewing which is something that should just be standard in any Twitter app. Twee has a free and paid option. The paid version is $2.99 and allows you to open multiple cards in multiple accounts and allows notifications. The free version is a bit more simplified with only one account at a time and no notifications.
So these are your current choices and I am sure there will be more options later down the road as the App Catalog develops and unfolds its hidden secrets in the next few months. I personally am torn between every single one of them. I use all of them throughout the day because I am so indecisive but what about you? Which Twitter apps are you using?