Friended – Facebook for iPad is released by NapkinStudio.com
This application is a way to allow you to use all the functions of the Facebook site via the iPad. As you probably know some of the Facebook functions, especially chat, have issues of the iPad safari browser. This application is set up to allow access to these features.
When you first log into the applications you are asked for your facebook username and password, and then when this is entered you will be presented with a scaring list of security accesses you are giving to friended, but they are all understandable if it needs to access the facebook options for you.
The application itself has a nice user interface that allows you to get to the various facebook options quickly and effectively.
The screen its laided out with recent photos to the left, the walls and feeds in the middle, and friends and chat to the right. There are several icons at the top to access your profile, friends requests, chats etc.
The only real issue I have to the layout is that there is no hint on who the pictures and friends logos are. For example I will see a nice sunset in the photos, but need to click on it to find out posted it. My friends use logos and pictures of toys for their logos, so again I have to click to find out who it is. These is not a major issue.
Out of the five times I tested the application, the chat option was unavailable two out of the five times.
All the features I tested worked nicely and made it easy to comment, like and send messages.
On the upside:
- Well designed user interface.
- Nicer to use than facebook for some features.
On the downside:
- Chat does not seem to work every time.
- A case of guess your friends at times.
- Does not seem to be a way to have multiple accounts.
Overall, I found this application very nice to use and I preferred it is several ways over the facebook application. There are some changes I would like to see, like multiple accounts, but these could be fixed in updates. The basics of the product work really well. I think this will become my default method to access facebook now.
Price (at time of review): £0.59