I’m a regular user of Twitter (you can follow me, @mcelhearn), and having a powerful Twitter client on my iPhone and iPad is essential. For a while, I used Tweetbot, then switched to Twitterrific, and I recently went back to Tweetbot, but am thinking of going back to Twitteriffic…
It’s hard to choose between the two, since each has features I like. So here’s a head-to-head comparison of Twitterrific and Tweetbot. I’m not going to cover all the features, just the ones I use the most. Note: as of this writing, both are currently on sale for $3; I don’t know what the final prices will be when their respective sales are over.
Note: You could certainly use the free, official Twitter app, but it’s much weaker than both of these.
Both Tweetbot and Twitterrific give you flexible display options, but Twitterrific wins in that respect. While you can choose a text size in Tweetbot, Twitterrific also lets you choose a font, from among a half-dozen options.
You can choose the size of avatars, the size of the font, and the line spacing. I only wish the fonts in Twitterrific were a bit darker. You can see above that they’re gray, and I find them a bit hard to read when I’m outdoors.
Tweetbot’s display settings are more limited. You can only choose a font size, but you can also choose whether you want avatars to be round or square (with rounded corners).
However, as you’ll see below, Tweetbot has a much bolder font, which I find more readable on my iPhone when I’m outdoors. Here’s a comparison of the two, using the fonts and sizes I’ve selected, Twitterrific to the left, Tweetbot to the right:
(Note the Search Timeline field in Tweetbot; Twitteriffic doesn’t offer that useful feature.) Read more