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The Official Twitter for Blackberry App vs. UberTwitter Add to ...

Whether it's Canadian actor Jim Carrey ( @jimcarrey) announcing the end of his relationship with Jenny McCarthy ( @JennyfromMTV) or Prime Minister Stephen Harper ( @pmharper) posting pics of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Twitter was the social media darling of 2009 and continues to dominate in 2010. However, for months, iPhone users have been given a choice of dozens of fancy mobile apps to manage their Twitter accounts, but we BlackBerry users have been forced to seek out a few diamonds in the rough.

One of these diamonds is UberTwitter, a free BlackBerry download that initially launched with with a few bugs but the company has eventually developed what many would call the best Twitter client for BlackBerry users. Well, until now. Today, Research in Motion (RIM) finally stepped up, working with Twitter, to offer its own official app (like UberTwitter, this download is free).

Design

Twitter for BlackBerry has a more intuitive menu bar at the top of the app, compared to UberTwitter, making it easy for first-time users to choose different tasks such as posting and replying to tweets (Twitter messages), identifying when you have a direct (private) message (in real-time), and discovering profile information about people you follow or want to follow.

Functionality

Both apps can do pretty much everything the average Twitter user would want to do on a mobile device. On the plus side, I do like the way that you can add photos to a tweet within Twitter for Blackberry. When you compose a new message, either on the home screen or via the BlackBerry menu, there is a tiny camera icon to facilitate image posting. Additionally, when using Twitter for BlackBerry, direct messages are automatically sent to your BlackBerry in-box, which is a handy feature that makes managing your Twitter conversations a cinch.

Speed

This might just be my device, which is a BlackBerry (8230) Pearl Flip, but I'm finding that when I launch the Twitter for BlackBerry app it often freezes, forcing me to exit out of my app downloads altogether. UberTwitter, on the other hand, is quick to load up.

Assuming that the speed issue is resolved, I would recommend Twitter for BlackBerry to new users looking for a solid experience on their smart phones. If you've been using UberTwitter for a while, you might want to stick with it until RIM irons out any kinks in today's release.

 

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