Joe Casabona, My Twitter Client: Robird

When it comes to Twitter clients I bounce around a lot — on all platforms. Heck on the desktop I use TweetDeck even though I’m not a huge fan of it. I haven’t really found a free app that I really like and I really don’t want to pay a ton of money for a client when the service itself is free. On Android, I’ve run the gamut: Twitter’s official app, Twicca, Carbon, Tweetlanes, Falcon, Tweetdeck, and more. Each, while good, left me wanting something more. Then I found out about Robird.

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My list of requirements for a Twitter client is pretty small. I want a nice interface, notifications, an easy way to post photos, and an easy way to access my information  — lists, bio, favorites, etc. I also want an app that feels like an Android app; that is, I want to see elements of Android (like Share and the Settings button) in the app. Robird provides all of this and a couple of bonus features!

Robird includes 2 themes: Light and Dark

Why Robird?

I know what you’re probably thinking: my list of requirements is fulfilled by most Twitter clients out there, so why did I move from client to client and more importantly, why did I settle on Robird? To be honest, I was big into TweetLanes for a while for the design aspects as it was the first Twitter client that used Android’s Holo theme, but there didn’t seem to be any notification support. Then I was told the developer stopped developing for it, though that doesn’t seem to be the case [Editor note: from what I understand, the project was moved to open source and seems to be maintained by the community now]. I moved to the official Twitter client, and while they have made really great strides in their design and the current iteration looks incredible, it doesn’t feel like an Android app. For example, there is no universal settings button within the app and that’s very bothersome to me.

Robird on the other hand, is a simple, relative new-comer that is well designed and feels like an Android app.

What I really like about Robird is that it’s pretty customizable on top of being very simple. You have your three core screens: timeline, interactions, and direct messages. You also have easy access to your profile, creating a tweet, searching, lists, and settings.

Settings and DashClock Widget integration

Robird lets you choose between a light and dark theme, it allows you choose your image host — and doesn’t just default to Twitpic — and you can customize font sizes, notification settings, and more. On top of that, there are a couple of features that I find really cool.

The first one is DashClock Widget integration. DashClock is far and away my favorite Android widget; it presents a lot of information to you in a beautiful way, right on your homescreen or lockscreen. It also has hooks so other apps can display notifications within it. Robird offers that, so I can see the number of interactions right from that widget.

Robird also takes advantage of Android’s more informative notifications, which is really nice.

The other feature I like is that when you selet a tweet, on top of the ability to RT, favorite, and reply, Robird integrates Android’s share menu, so you can share the tweet just about anywhere!

Final Thoughts

I know it’s relatively new, but Robird is already my new go-to Twitter app. It’s simple, customizable, and it feels like an Android app. While it is $1.99, I trust that the price gives the app some staying power and keeps it ad-free. There are a couple of things on my wistlist: the ability to add lists as extra screens — or columns — and a way to change the update interval would make it perfect. Other than that, Robird is a solid Twitter client and my new favorite!