Windows Mobile has had a hard time when it comes to good Twitter clients. There’s a short list of clients, and a even shorter list of clients worth installing. Pocketwit has been atop of that list for a while and the latest version has helped cement it’s position even more. With version 0.68 Pocketwit has added some really cool new features. The one that really caught my eye, is the fetching of images from TwitPic or other Twitter image hosting solutions. The image isn’t displayed inline, but when you tap on a tweet and select to follow the TwitPic link, instead of having IE Mobile pop up and waiting for the site to load, you instantly see the TwitPic image. Then you can choose to continue onto the TwitPic site if you really want.
Another really awesome addition, is the ability to email a Tweet. When you select “Email Status” you can pick which email account you want to send this message from and then you’re presented with a standard compose screen for email. I’ve just installed the latest version of Pocketwit and I’ve already used this feature a couple times.
As you use Pocketwit, it tracks the people you receive tweets from and then displays them in an auto-complete fashion when you’re typing a message. This is simply great when you’re on a mobile device and you’re trying to recall the exact spelling of someone’s account name. Not everyone’s address is as easy as MobileJaw.
Of course, there’s always a little pain with changes. The first problem I’m having is that sending a tweet with a picture doesn’t seem to work. The tweet goes through, but not the image. I’ll have to play with this a little more and see what’s going on. But the bigger issue, at least in my opinion, is the menu layout. With the addition of Email Status, some things had to change in order to display everything on the menu. Unfortunately, the decision was to add a submenu for reply. That means, for me to reply to a tweet, I have to scroll to the right, then select “Respond To” and a new menu pops up. From here I select either “Reply To” or “Direct”. That’s a lot of clicking for a simple reply. I think it would be better to leave Direct and Reply as first level menu options and instead compile some of the lesser used items under a “Other”, “Continued” or even “More” menu item. I could easily have the Follow, Timeline, and Profile options moved to a submenu as they are used a lot less than Reply and Direct.
Even though I would like to see the menu layout changed, it’s really a small beef when you consider all the things you get by using Pocketwit. It’s still my Twitter client of choice for Windows Mobile devices. If you haven’t installed it yet, then give it a try. I think you’ll like what you find. You can download the latest version here.