Falcon Pro for Android review: Top Twitter performer, but missing key features

MSRP: $0.99
5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Falcon Pro packages all of your basic Twitter functionality into a beautiful package with impressively smooth performance.

The Bad No push notification, multiple account support, or autocomplete function.

The Bottom Line Falcon Pro may be one of the best Twitter clients on Google Play, but it's still missing a few key features that could be deal-breakers for some.

$0.99

9.1 Overall
  • Installation and Setup 10.0
  • Features and Support 8.0
  • Interface 9.0
  • Performance 10.0

Falcon Pro for Android may be one of the newer Twitter clients on the block, but with the way things are going, it might end up ruling them all. Sporting some of the slickest design I've seen in the category, Falcon is quickly becoming a fan favorite for a fast-growing contingent of social-focused Android users.

Falcon's interface is about as attractive as they come, with its minimalist typeface and light-on-dark color scheme. But what's most impressive is this app's exceptionally smooth controls. Swiping up and down through your Twitter timeline is a pleasure free of any jerky refreshes, while swiping laterally between control panels is as smooth as butter as well.

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Swipe left or right on the Timeline to reveal the rest of Falcon Pro's menus and Twitter functions. Screenshot by Jaymar Cabebe/CNET

All of Falcon's functionality is neatly organized into three panels. The Center panel, your Timeline, is where most of the action takes place. It displays all of your tweets with sufficiently large avatars, timestamps, and clearly identifiable usernames. It's noticeably clear of any clutter from buttons. If you want to reply, retweet, or favorite a tweet, simply long-press to reveal a slim toolbar with options. Otherwise, you can tap any individual tweet to expand it to full screen and show a preview of embedded links or images in the app's internal browser. This is a nice touch, as it lets you view rich media without having to leave Falcon. As for syncing, you can set your timeline to refresh as often as every two minutes. Unfortunately, though, there is no Push notification option as of yet. Meanwhile, the running counter at the top of the Timeline updates you with notifications for new tweets, mentions, and direct messages.

The developers behind the app also recently integrated the YouTube API, which lets users view YouTube videos right within Falcon's interface. Whether a tweet contains a direct YouTube video link or a link to an external site with an embedded YouTube video, Falcon lets you play the content just as you would in your normal browser.

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