As always with apps from multibillion dollar corporations like Facebook, they’re mostly good stuff. Because of all the use (this app is the most downloaded social media app on the App Store) and huge financial backing, whenever large issues come up, they are ironed out pretty quickly with updates. Needless to say, an app that hosts the world’s largest social media site with tons of content and types of media is destined to crash every once in a while, but it is very rare nowadays, whereas it used to be a much bigger problem. The free Facebook app is a must-have for Facebook users.
I find that every once in a while there is a feature that I’m used to from the desktop site that I simply cannot find on the Facebook app, however these are few and far between, so I’m not even sure what they are anymore. In these terms, Facebook has come a very long way in the past several years with integrating all their beloved features from your computer screen to your iPhone screen. There are also some features that are more attuned to the mobile interface that you can’t find on the desktop site. An example is the really great new feature that lets your current (and you get to chose which you’d like to consider current) private messages, whether they be group messages or individuals, be represented by movable bubbles that you can place wherever is convenient. And when you’re done with having it around, just drag it to the X that will appear at the bottom of the screen to get rid of the bubble (but obviously keep the conversation in your inbox). If you’re a proponent of the sorted news feed, the mobile Facebook app supports that too. To access the three “main” icons (requests, inbox, notifications), you just tap their respective icons on the top bar and you’ll get nice drop-down menus. For a full menu, you can swipe right, and for your chats, just swipe left. All of these features fit nicely on the iOS interface.
Many people complain about this app for all sorts of reasons, but it’s truly a fine app. Sure, it’s not perfect, and it most likely never will be, but you can’t blame Facebook for loading slowly when the problem is your own spotty Internet connection. The app is ever evolving, but as it stands now, it’s a solid 8/10.
-TheAppEmperor signing out