Facebook App 2.0
The second coming of the Facebook iPhone app shows plenty of promise.
- Revamped interface, extensive functionality, easy to use
- Some tabbed areas are hard to navigate, no Pirate language setting
Only a few months out from Facebook’s first attempt, the second version of the iPhone app sees a total overhaul that fixes a number of issues and adds a great deal of functionality. There’s little wrong here.
When we looked at the original FaceBook App 1.1 a few months back, it was an ambitious if slightly underwhelming interface for the popular social networking community on the iPhone. Now Facebook has hit back with version 2.0, with a total revamp both on the surface and under the hood. This is a must-have for any Facebook addict, and it successfully and rather elegantly recreates the Facebook experience in a manner that suits the iPhone.
So what’s changed? Users familiar with the old Facebook app are unlikely to recognise the new version; gone are the simplistic buttons that resembled any generic mobile version of a Web site. Instead, the new Facebook App's interface has a three-level structure of tabs that denote each of Facebook’s different aspects.
The main page — entitled the “News Feed” — clearly resembles a Facebook user's normal home page, with the latest status updates and general happenings of your friends, and with easily accessible buttons to make appropriate (or predictably inappropriate and often distressingly public) comments. The feed is broken up into amalgamated news, photos, status updates, and any relevant applications you have on your profile. The tabbed area is a little small, particularly when you have to flick across in order to navigate through the options, but we didn’t have too many problems.
The staples of any iPhone app are still available in the new Facebook App — at any moment you can easily take a photo of whatever random task you’re currently engaged in and post on your profile for the world to see. Updating your status is just as easy, with a permanent quick access button available in the top left corner.
Of course, both of these features were available in the first version of the application, and they’re not the only ones. The live chat instant messaging function is still available, presented in the same threaded fashion as the iPhone’s own SMS app, which makes typing and chatting easy. Unfortunately, like the SMS app, there’s no landscape mode, so you’re stuck with the smaller soft keyboard.
Facebook has even remedied those complaints we felt held the app back from being a true social networking experience. Friend requests can now easily be accepted or rejected through the app, while photos are better assimilated into the experience, with the ability to easily flick through a friend’s album and leave comments without hassle.
There are few complaints to be had with the new version of Facebook — gaps in functionality and interface shortcomings have been resolved in a surprisingly efficient fashion. Though individual preference will inevitably prevail, Facebook 2.0 for the iPhone has a better chance of being usable for longer periods compared to the original.
Join the PC World newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Huawei P9 review: lifting photography to another level... sometimes.
- 2 Sony Xperia Z5 Premium review: Is the world ready for a 4K phone?
- 3 D-Link Taipan AC3200 Ultra tri-band modem-router review
- 4 Dell XPS 13 (2016) review: Making the very best Ultrabook
- 5 Microsoft Surface Book review: The verdict on Microsoft's first notebook
Best Deals on PC World
Latest News Articles
- A lawsuit over an unwanted Windows 10 upgrade just cost Microsoft $10,000
- Obama, Zuckerberg push better broadband, innovative startups
- Former NBN CEO joins Tony Windsor on campaign trail
- Pirate website blocking: Court to wrestle with definition of ‘online location’
- Not too late to change NBN’s direction, NBN Co’s first CEO says
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
- CCBusiness AnalystVIC
- CCSolution DesignerACT
- CCData ArchitectSA
- FTSoftware Services Team LeaderNSW
- CCMiddleware Developer - BaselineACT
- FTIT Service Desk AnalystNSW
- CCContract Analyst Programmer (JAVA/SQL) 160617/AP/623Asia
- CCAnalyst Programmer - C# FocusNSW
- CCBusiness Analyst, InsuranceNSW
- CCSenior Developer - AWS Cloud HSMNSW
- FTJunior Web DeveloperSA
- CCSecurity Solution ArchitectQLD
- CCIntegration ArchitectNSW
- CCBusiness Analyst - Asset ManagementNSW
- FTMid-Level .NET DeveloperVIC
- CCSystems Monitoring Specialist - Foglight focusNSW
- CCTibco DeveloperWA
- CCNational Project CoordinatorNSW
- FTSenior Java Developer (Java/Maven/AEM)NSW
- CCSAP Portal DeveloperVIC
- FTNV2 Defence Project Manager | Canberra | Major exciting White Paper projectsACT
- FTIT Support Analyst (Renewal Contract)Asia
- FTData Center Operator (1-Year Renewal Contract)Asia
- CCBusiness AnalystVIC
- FTVoice ArchitectNSW