Carbon for Twitter by dots & lines is probably one of the fastest Twitter clients I’ve used. Without a lot of the clutter and other features that is expected of Twitter clients, users are able to scroll through their tweets rapidly, load some more and keep trucking. With a low refresh time for timelines, you’re almost guaranteed not to fall behind in the conversation.
Aside from its speed, Carbon has a very sleek design with a white text on gray interface. The three dots at the top show what function/page you’re on with your timeline occupies the first, your retweets/liked tweets/saved hashtags occupy the second, and your DMs are in the third. To tweet, you simply press the plus-sign next to your profile picture at the bottom right.
While you will need Android 4.0+ to actually use Carbon, it’s stable on even older smartphones and even works with unstable custom ROMs. The phone I normally use for reviewing apps is a Samsung Galaxy Exhibit 4G with CyanogenMod 11 and Carbon works extremely well on it. In addition to all of that, the client is also a very good size.
That’s where the pros really end Carbon. The app is missing a few features such as actually reporting abuse (you can report users as spammers) and being able to see who retweeted you. Sometimes pictures won’t load but will load when you refresh. Often time these are pictures in tweets and not just other users’ profile pictures. Occasionally your retweets and timeline won’t load at all but as with other clients it’s usually a matter of the strength of the Wi-Fi connection you’re using.
There are better, more complete Twitter clients out there such as Tweet Lanes and TweetCaster, but Carbon for Twitter does a very solid job as a free, no clutter client. You won’t be missing anything if you pass it over though.
RATING: 3.5 out of 5