Sunday, 23 October 2011

The New Facebook App vs. MyPad for Facebook

Hey everyone, I thought I'd do an iPhone/iPod/iPad app review for the Facebook v4.0.2 and MyPad for Facebook and Twitter v2.0.7 apps.

Firstly, the original Facebook for iOS app - the well-known version of the app recently got a bit of a face-lift. This new interface isn't liked by a lot of people and there was a lot of rage over this new update.. personally, I really like the new look but I wish the features would work...

Here's a few screenshots (I've blurred some details/pictures for obvious reasons):

All new login screen.

The news feed is slightly different and the menu along the top allows you to access your notifications and messages much faster than before.

The main menu come in behind the page you are currently using.

Uploading pictures and creating new albums is now much easier to do.

New app looks great... but it really reminds me of this one: MyPad for Facebook and Twitter. Here's a few screenshots:

Here's the login screen. This app allows you to log in to multiple Facebook accounts.

Here's the profile page... the big blurred image where the user's display picture is shown.

Scrolling down, you can use the tabs to see the person's wall, info, photos and friends.

You can update your status and check the news feed.

(You can view in portrait or landscape.) When you switch tabs, the new one slides over the one you were on and to switch back, you just slide the second one out of the way... you can layer a lot of pages in this way... super easy but difficult to explain!

Viewing people's pictures is also much easier and looks better on this app... While scrolling though the pictures, you can keep an eye on any notifications coming from your messages and Twitter feed (icons on the left.)
The one screenshot I forgot to take was one with the Twitter feed open, but all it really does it allow you to view the Twitter feed and update your status... sadly, you can't see your @replies/messages or followers.... which is a shame but will hopefully be available in a newer version.

All in all, I do feel like the MyPad app is better and also looks better.... the time line works much the same way as the old Facebook time line used to (without "top stories") and all the notifications seem to come in on time!

If you would like to try them out, they are both free from the iTunes app store. :) Tell me what you think in the comments below! :)

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