Carbon for Android review: The best-looking Twitter client on Android

CNET Editors' Rating

4.5 stars Outstanding
  • Overall: 8.9
  • Installation and Setup: 10.0
  • Features and Support: 8.0
  • Interface: 10.0
  • Performance: 10.0
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The Good Visually, Carbon is stunning. Also, it supports multiple accounts, auto-completes usernames, has no ads, and it is free.

The Bad The app's 15-minute refresh rate may not cut it for big Twitter users. Lack of built-in browser is disappointing. No landscape mode, really?

The Bottom Line Carbon is beautiful and runs like a dream. But its developers still need to work on a few key features.

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We've been hearing about it for quite some time, but Carbon for Android is finally here. While it is clear that Falcon Pro is currently tops on many people's lists of Android Twitter clients, this newly released app is definitely hot on its heels. With its attractive interface, silky-smooth performance, and nifty animations, Carbon is a downright sexy Twitter client that is worth a look. Did I mention there are no ads, and it's free?

Visually, the app is stunning. It has a high-contrast light-on-dark interface that looks slick and is easy to read. Also, compared with Falcon Pro, Carbon has significantly fewer lines and borders separating each tweet, which gives it a more open feel. Avatars clearly mark each tweet, but they're not obtrusive, and inline media thumbnails are large, just as we like them. You can tap on any tweet to open options like add to favorites, reply, or retweet. Conveniently, the app lets you pick between Twitter's native retweet or the "RT-style" retweet, in case you want to add your own text.

With its clean lines and minimal design, Carbon is easily one of the best looking Twitter clients we've seen for Android. Screenshot by Jaymar Cabebe/CNET

As is common with many other Twitter clients, Carbon's interface is broken up into three different panels for your Timeline, Mentions, and Direct Messages. Swiping left and right moves you among them. Navigating is simple with the thin bar of shortcuts that always sits at the bottom of the screen. From this bar, you can compose a tweet, see your Twitter profile, or open up another thin menu of tools along the right side of the screen. This extra side menu houses pretty much everything else you need from your Twitter client: Favorites, Lists, Trends, Search, Filters, and Settings. Everything is laid out intuitively, and there are a handful of animated details (like 3D transitions between panels) that make Carbon's controls feel significantly more polished than others'. Other nifty details include the two-finger swipe to jump to the top of your timeline and the ability to edit your Twitter profile (a rarity among mobile clients).

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Carbon for Twitter (Android)

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  • Category Social networking
  • Compatibility Android