Facebook app for iPad here at last

Some criticisms have been levelled due to bugs, but rather unfairly as it runs pretty smoothly on the whole
Kerry Butters

October 11, 2011
iPad 2

The good news for iPad owners today is that the long awaited Facebook app for the device is finally here.

However, it seems the bad news is that it’s relatively buggy.

One user told the BBC that this is especially obvious when a device is connected to the keyboard dock, as it no longer displays the send button.

Having installed the app myself as soon as it came out last night, I would have to disagree that it is particularly buggy.

I found it to be quite swish and easy to use. Having the chat function on the iPad is a good thing at last, third party apps that promised to deliver never really did it for me, so I have specifically waited for the official app to be brought out.

Navigation is simple, just pull the screen to the right and a menu appears to take you to apps, profile, friends list and messages etc.

Notifications now appear in a drop down box much as they do on the main site.

Photos can be accessed by album and browsed in full screen, a feature that could be quite frustrating just accessing it through Safari.

Chat is displayed only in landscape, so that it’s not taking up a great deal of your screen when in portrait. However, as the keyboard dock insists upon portrait, this would seem to be a bug.

The app uses smooth scrolling to browse the site. Not only are photos improved by this, but the whole experience is a better one, it’s simple and contains all the features a user could possibly want.

Games can also be played within the app in full screen mode and it comes with the Flixster app already installed so that users can browse movies, read reviews etc.

Users can also watch high-resolution videos in-line, record HD video and stream to Airplay devices.

Whilst it seems that any Facebook enhancements these days encounter nothing but complaints, the iPad app isn’t really deserving of them.

It’s much easier to use the social networking site on the app than in Safari, and its introduction will mean an enhanced experience for users with the tablet device.

Indeed, it’s to be expected that the social media giant will continue to improve the app in order to continue their domination of the social networking world.


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