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Review: Feathers

March 5, 2010 , Posted by App-reciation Reviews at 10:21 PM

Category: Games

Seller: Naklab Ltd.
Price: $ 1.99
Requirements: iPhone or iPod touch, OS 3.0 or later
Version: 1.1

What's good: Twitterific, Tweetie 2, Tweetdeck, and other Twitter clients for the iPhone and iPhone touch were all created to make it easy to both tweet and check updates on the go, but what all of these apps are missing is that spark of true innovation that draw the line between good and great. That's probably what independent developer Aral Balkan had in mind when he created Feathers, an amazingly simple yet powerful Twitter springboard from which users can tweet messages that really stand out.

For one thing, the app comes with several different font styles ranging from upside-down to linear to oriental to dotty, which changes the look of whatever text you type on the tweet box with just a single click. There are also over two hundred symbols you can use to make your sentences or phrases interesting - add smileys or hearts at the end of a post, use special characters for grammatical or mathematical purposes, and even create Unicode artwork with a wide selection of lines and curves.

In addition, we discovered that inconspicuously placed at the leftmost corners of the tweet screen are two of the app's most unique and useful functions yet. If you type, say, three periods in a row or a colon with an open parenthesis, you only need to hit the little quotation mark button at the top left and it'll automatically convert to ellipsis and a frowning face, respectively. Meanwhile, the spyglass icon at the lower left lets you instantly turn your tweets into coded messages that can be deciphered by a friend in seconds if he pastes it into his own copy of the app.

The best part about all this? Unlike emojis, these designs will remain exactly as they are, whether you're viewing them from Twitter, Facebook, your e-mail, or your mobile phone inbox. So if you want to spice up the way boring everyday sentences look and feel, this is the perfect app to add a splash of color to your digital thoughts.

Suggestions for improvement: If even minor Twitter functions like user profiles and latest tweets were integrated into the app, it would probably become one of the most used clients for iPhone. We'd also love it if users could quickly change the font style of a particular segment of text by highlighting and selecting it.

Interface - 4.75/5 Creativity - 5/5 Experience - 4.75/5 Controls - 5/5
App-reciation - 5/5

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