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Quick App: phnx beta [video]

by Derek Kessler Sat, 15 Jan 2011 7:50 pm EST

We’ll be honest, we kind of dig the way Windows Phone 7 looks. The typography-oriented interface just tickles the right part of our fancy. Apparently it does the same for webOS developer Pretty App Machine, who recently released a new beta Twitter client called phnx (as in phoenix). It’s a simple, lightweight client that comes with a very Windows Phone 7 vibe, though it’s still a work in progress.

The launch view for phnx is your main Twitter feed, with a side-scrolling text navigation bar at the top giving you the options of home, mentions, and messages. You can tap between the three, or just swipe left and right over the tweets to switch views. Tapping on a tweet brings a pop-over panel with options to reply, retweet (with options for quick and edit-and-retweet), and mark as a favorite.

We like that phnx has implemented two methods for starting a new tweet. You can merely tap on the “+” button in the lower right corner, or just start typing. It’s a paradigm for webOS, and we’re glad to see more apps picking it up. phnx does support multiple accounts, accessed through the drop-down app menu. It also supports rudimentary color-based theming. This is an early beta for phnx, so it’s pretty feature-light right now (we just love the interface), lacking notifications, profile and conversation views, picture viewing and uploads, search, and many other advanced Twitter features. But for a basic Twitter client, phnx is pretty compelling, if rough around a few edges. But it’s a first beta release, so we don’t expect perfection just yet. Video after the break.