Best Twitter phones
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Any phone with a mobile Web browser can visit the Twitter website, but it's all so much easier if you have an app or widget that plugs you directly into the Twitter-verse. There are hundreds of Twitter apps available for all the main smart phones, including iPhone, Android, Nokia, Windows Mobile and BlackBerry devices. Many of these apps are free, and even the most flexible cost just a couple of quid.
There's a Twitter app for every occasion. Use them to generate instant alerts when your friends tweet or you're mentioned; turn photos, videos or audio clips into tweets; share your GPS location or listening habits; or integrate smoothly with Facebook and other social networks. Some have cool features like letting you shake your phone to summon new updates.
Many non-smart phones come with home-screen widgets that happily work alongside Twitter. You might not get the full functionality of a dedicated Twitter app (retweets, direct messages, favourites and so on) but the widgets are great for posting updates to multiple sites simultaneously, and for keeping all your friends in one place.
Twitter is mostly about text so you'll want a good keyboard. Slide-out Qwerty keyboards will keep your fingers busy but don't write off touchscreens, which are fine for Twitter's short updates. Now that an increasing number of tweets contain shortened bit.ly Web links, look for a Twitter phone with a good-sized screen -- 76mm (3 inches) or more -- and decent resolution (320x240 pixels at the very least) for breezy browsing. While a 2G, GPRS or Edge phone will cope with basic browsing, 3G and Wi-Fi is sure to speed everything up.
No one uses Twitter for photo artwork, but the better your phone's on-board camera, the better your twitpics will look on followers' small screens. Autofocus is a real help and always go for an LED flash over higher-resolution capture.
If all that sounds rather expensive, don't worry. Because Twitter is rooted in paleolithic text technology, you can tweet from even the most ancient of mobiles. Just register your phone number with Twitter and you can then send tweets to a special short code (86444 for Vodafone, Orange, 3 and O2 customers) and receive tweets as ordinary text messages.
The CNET UK team of reviewers has chosen their favourite Twitter phones below, ranging from cheaper feature phones to full-fat smart phones.
The LG GT405 Viewty GT isn't a bad handset, but it would benefit immeasurably from having a more responsive touchscreen Read more
Reviewed on 4 August 2010
Even though it’s now over a year old, Apple's iPhone 4 remains a fantastic device. The introduction of iOS 5 makes it even better, but if you can afford the additional expense, then it’s worth at least considering the superior iPhone 4S. Read more
Reviewed on 7 June 2010
There's not much that the BlackBerry Torch 9800 can't do, but it doesn't make it easy. Pricey, chunky, and packed with features, this is a smart phone whose function beats form -- and fun. Read more
Reviewed on 3 August 2010