If you’re Android user and have been secretly jealous of iPhone owners because they have one of, if not the best, Twitter clients on any mobile platform, then we have some good news. iPhone users have enjoyed Tweetbot for years, a simply to use, yet extremely well crafted and designed Twitter client, while Android users have had to deal with either the official Twitter app or half-baked apps like Tweetcaster, Slices, Ubersocial and a few others. Last year, a clean and simple app called Tweetlanes debuted for Android, as nice as it was, it still lacked that polish that made Tweetbot stand out.
Thanks to Joaquim Vergès, the same guy who created the Falcon Twitter Widget, we now have FalconPro, a Twitter client that is not only simple to use, but has been expertly crafted and designed. FalconPro has a lot of features, like a white and dark theme, ultra-smooth scrolling, real-time expandable notifications, a built-in browser and zoomable pictures, however, it’s also missing a significant one, multi-user support. Since FalconPro is still relatively new, we can overlook this flaw for now, mainly since the developer has been adding features and squashing bugs very often.
FalconPro Features List:
* Double Sliding Menu UI like you’ve never seen before
* Beautiful Phone and Tablet UI
* Extra smooth scrolling
* Real Time, Expandable notifications
* Super fast internal browser with Instapaper integration
* Offline favoriting
* Tweet Drafts
* Inline preview of Photos and Videos
* TweetMarker support to use on multiple devices
* In-app preview of Play Store links
* Zoomable pics
* See your most popular tweets
* Fast access to Saved Searches and Lists
* Embedded Youtube player
* Dark & Light themes
From the moment I first launched FalconPro, I knew this Twitter client was heads and shoulders above the rest, it felt polished and well thought out. The first thing I noticed was how fluid the app ran, scrolling and swiping was as smooth as glass. If you swipe the screen to the right (showing the left panel), you’ll see a list of personal information like your account name, followers and those you follow, as well as the option to select different feeds to view, like your timeline, mentions, DM, retweets, settings and more. If you swipe to the left (revealing the right panel), you’ll see your lists, saved searches and trending topics from all over the world.
Across the top are your navigation buttons, one for your timeline, mentions and DM’s, each with a notification number to its right, tapping once on them takes you to that feed, double tap and it, and it will take you to the top or most recent tweet, mention or DM. All the way to the right, is a message icon, this is the button to compose a new tweet. Composing or responding to tweets is simple as well, simply click on the compose button and a window will pop up with the title of “New Tweet” and an X on the far right, which is used to cancel the draft. Across the bottom are four icons, two of which are for adding images, the picture with the mountain in a frame is for a user’s gallery, while the camera icon to its right is for taking pictures. Next to the camera icon is a map pin which is used for tagging your location when tweeting. Finally, to the far right, is a check mark used to confirm your tweet and send it. In the compose box, you’ll see the message “What’s happening @ <your twitter name>.” Simply start typing and your message will replace what’s been written. If and when you type the “@” symbol and begin typing a person’s twitter account (assuming you follow them), it will auto-suggest users, saving you time and preventing you from typing the wrong account name.
If you click on a tweet, the screen transitions to show the tweet message at the top, with a “show conversation” link bar beneath it and if there is an image or website attached in the tweet, it will display it below in either an image viewer or its built-in browser. The app’s built-in browser functions really well and even allows you to view sites in either the standard mobile mode or desktop mode, assuming the site you’re visiting offers one or the other.
Overall, the rest of the app works pretty much like every other Twitter client, they just aren’t this exceptionally well designed. FalconPro costs $0.99 and while there are plenty of other Twitter clients that are free, we feel that with its fantastic design, smooth performance and features, FalconPro’s cost is completely justified. The only real negative that bothered us, is the lack of multi-user support, but we’re hoping that the developer will add that feature shortly. Still, even with the lack of multi-user support, this is “the” Twitter app that Android users have been asking for, for years.