A new twitter client for Android and iOS, Slices has been released in the town and this time it isn’t just a yet another twitter app. The app comes from the OneLouder team who’re known for their popular apps such as TweetCaster, FriendCaster, BaconReader, 1Weather and more.
As someone who has stayed with the Tweetdeck app for more than a year and half as there were no better alternatives until now, I call Slices as an instant winner for its amazing features and a beautiful User Interface.
The app has a nice user interface and takes subtle inspirations from Android’s ‘Holo’ design guidelines. It is probably the first Twitter client for Android that is both usable and has a sleek Holo inspired UI at the same time.
I was almost sick of seeing new Twitter apps these days pop out everyday with a Holo UI forced on it. Android’s Holo design guidelines are just ‘guidelines’. They’re not rules and it should not be forced completely on every app. As a personal note, it only looks good only in apps with a minimal UI design and not in an app filled with loads of information.
Anyway, Slices packs in more features than I’ve ever seen in any twitter app. It’s UI is so simple yet so complicated. Tap the Slices icon on upper left and you’ll be presented with a ribbon (sidebar) menu — like the one in Facebook’s official app — and tapping the icon again will take you to your profile. Heck, you can even edit your profile from the app! Slices has also got a few distinctive features that can make you stick with it forever.
1. Zip it!
Slices has a distinctive feature of hiding tweets from annoying people or tweets without actually un-following them.
2. Inline Previews
Slices displays attached images, videos and webpages within the app. Images and video thumbnails appear inline with tweets while web-pages open in a full page.
People who use Twitter as a news aggregator to discover new stories, me included, will definitely find its inline URL preview pleasing as the need of opening those stories in a separate browser app is eliminated. It even starts pre-loading web-page as soon as you open a tweet so that your webpages are ready to be read the instant you open them.
3. Readability Integration
This is my favorite. Apart from previewing web-pages within the app, Slices can also format them into a clean, readable page, which is free of any clutter and bugging ads. It uses Readability’s service for this purpose.
I’d have loved if they had included an option to save them to Pocket, Instapaper as well.
Explore is a huge catalogue of popular twitteratis, which you can use to discover new users. Small, but may come in handy for those who’re new to Twitter.
5. Post to Facebook
Slices includes a small button in the tweet compose window to post updates to your Facebook account as well. It’s a good option for people who generally use Selective Tweets to post to Facebook from Twitter by using a ‘#fb’ hash-tag. It can be activated by going into the Settings page.
That’s all of my favorite unique features about Slices. There are a few gripes about Slices as well, especially its issue with re-loading of tweets everytime I open the app. It sometimes shudders while scrolling as well, but I guess it’s not yet optimized for Jelly Bean properly. Overall, it’s a great app.
The app comes free of any cost and is ad supported. Though, the app doesn’t force the ads on your screen and they can be cleared away so that they don’t ruin your experience. Good guy OneLouder.