I have an iPod Touch, and iPod/iPhone has definitely more number of twitter applications and are pretty cool. So when I got my Nokia E63 which has a symbian OS (operating system), I’m a tad frustrated for not finding ‘decent’ downloadable twitter applications. Having used to my iPod’s twitter applications, the first few free symbian OS twitter applications I found were quite far, user interface wise, in comparison.
Until I found Gravity developed by @janole of mobileways.de. It definitely rocks! It has the smoothest and friendliest user interface. And, most of all it has speed feature which is FAST. The scrolling, and switching from one tab to another is fast and smooth unlike with the other twitter application for symbian OS I had tried.
According to last100 website, gravity runs on S60 version 3 (Nokia E series I think is using this version) and S60 version 5 of Nokia 5800 and N97. Nokia is the biggest user of symbian OS. Some Samsung and Sony Ericsson models are also using symbian. I’m trying to find a list of mobile phone models and brands using the S60 but I could not find one but allaboutsymbian.com is a good source if you want to check about celphones supported by symbian technology. (Edit to add) I’m so happy to find a list of mobile phones using the Symbian OS, you can find the list from appmobilize website — Nokia has the most models, Sony Ericsson, Siemens, Sendo, Samsung, Motorola, LG, and BenQ. Most or all models listed are smart phones.
So back to Gravity, my most loved twitter application. If you have experienced using twitter applications for iPod/iPhone, you might shrug and view it as nothing new. But still, Gravity will not fail to impress you.
The landing page or front page (sorry, I don’t know the correct tech term for that). Here you will find your accounts listed. You can add multiple twitter accounts and also laconica (sorry no idea what is laconica). The headshots of the people you follow who has recent tweets will be displayed. This will give you an idea who are tweeting recently.
The Search function can also be found on the front/main/landing page of gravity. It also has some sort of Image gallery — it stores the recent pictures you take via your mobile phone’s camera which I think is a neat idea. So after you take a picture, you can the access the gravity’s image gallery to share it on twitter.
The main page also has the Add Account, Info & Updates, and Online status features. Add account is use if you want to add another twitter account.
Clicking on a particular account will show you the tweet Timeline for that account. On Nokia E63, clicking on the left and right of scroll bar will switch you to different tabs — Timeline, Replies, Messages, My Tweets, Favorites, and Friends.
It has the standard twitter applications like — Preview (view pictures), Reply, RT (Retweet), +FAV (add to Favorites), FWD (Forward), open url/link, access the user’s/tweeter’s profile and timeline.
I have to put emphasis on Preview feature because I think it is the shiznit — the coolest. With other twitter applications, when you want to view a picture, it would usually open the link in a browser which can take time. With Gravity, the Preview feature will open the picture in the Timeline (or where the tweet is located). It will no longer redirect you to a browser just to view the picture. So it’s great for a quick peek on pictures.
FWD (Forward) is another cool feature. Forward can let you forward the tweet via SMS or copy it to your clipboard or notes. This is great when you do not have any wifi reception/gprs, and you happen to browsing the saved tweets. If I like a tweet and wants to share it, I would simply Forward by SMS then send it to @tweetitow so it would be posted to my twitter account.
Following shows you how it looks like when you view another twitter user’s profile.
Another thing I like about Gravity is its Image gallery (though I wish it has a feature that would let me take picture from the app then tweet it). I could say it’s a bit limited because you can only access the recent pictures you’ve taken from your phone. But what I like it is that it offers a lot of options on how or what 3rd party picture sharing application you want to use — Twitpic, MobyPicture, Posterous, TwitGoo, Yfrog, Img.ly.
Their Search feature is also quite full packed. You can find the trending topics list in the Search page. It can let you create and save searches. The search acts like your twitter timeline where it pulls out and display recent tweets that have your search keywords.
I know I can be overly stating this but Gravity for me is the best twitter application even compared to the bestseller of iPod/iPhone twitter applications.
Though this is not for free (It has 10-day trial though so you can have the look and feel). It is priced at $9.99 over at Nokia’s OVI store. It can be a bit pricey compared to iPod/iPhone’s twitter applications. But if you are a twitter fanatic, it’s worth it.
For texting your tweets here in Philippines, please see here.