Thu, 02 Oct 2008 Facebook for iPhone review
Check what's happening on Facebook wherever you are
- Manufacturer: Facebook
- Pros: If you're hooked on Facebook you need this app
- Cons: You can't search for or invite new friends and you don't get notifications
- Min specs: Requires an iPhone or iPod touch running 2.x software.
- Price: Free
- Star rating:
Facebook for iPhone is currently the most popular social-networking application on the App Store, which says as much about the 90 million active users on Facebook as it does about the iPhone app.
The app is divided into five sections with tabs along the bottom to navigate. Home lets you track the status of your friends and update your status with text or photos (taken within the app or chosen from your iPhone photo library). Tap on the blue arrow next to any message to open that person’s profile.
The second tab, titled with your first name, is your profile. The Friends tab displays your friends in an alphabetical list similar to the iPhone’s Contacts application, with thumbnails for friends who’ve set a photo for their profiles. Chat takes you to the chat interface, which is broken up into Available Friends and Idle Friends. From here you can start an SMS-like chat with a friend. (Chat uses the Facebook Chat feature, so there are no cost involved, as with texting on the iPhone). And Inbox lists any messages sent to you – click on one to read and, if you want, reply.
When you open a profile, you get access to a person’s wall, mini-feed and photos, as well as personal information such as networks, birthday, email address and interests. From a profile, you can also send a message to, chat with, or poke a friend. In short, the app offers a quick and responsive interface for keeping in touch with your friends.