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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

What is the Best Facebook App for Android?

Now that you have an Android phone you can check your Facebook on the go! However, there are a ton of Facebook apps on the Android Market. Which one should you use? This article gives a rundown of most of the Facebook applications on the Market for Android with a winner at the end.

When I first got my Android phone I knew I'd need an app for Facebook. After all, you now have a cool phone, you might as well show it off to your friends by posting comment on the go. However, I quickly became frustrated. The Android Market has far too many Facebook apps to choose from, some of which cost money. Not only this but some of these applications appeared to just bring up the Facebook website, which I could just as easily do through the browser. So what is the best Facebook app for Android phones?

In this review I will run through the Facebook apps that appear towards the top of the list of a search for "Facebook" on the Android Market that way you can see what these apps really are before you go through the trouble of downloading them. We'll start with some of the worst and then head towards the better ones. At the end we'll decide which one is the best for you to use!


Facebook Touch

Facebook Touch is one of those deceiving applications that really does nothing at all. As its own application description says it is only a wrapper for the normal Facebook website. It looks just like the normal website except it has "Facebook touch" at the top. It comes in an ad-supported version or one that costs £0.50--so basically by using it you are just paying someone else to use a Facebook site you could just as easily use in the browser that comes on your phone. Don't get it!


Facebook Plus
This application is rather confusing and poorly formatted. Instead of functioning through an application it forces you to work through a widget on the screen (so you can't have a direct link to the program). When you try to open the application it tells you to place a widget on a screen. Once you do this it gives you the sign-in screen and lets you select how often the app updates.

The widget wouldn't be a bad idea if it didn't look so horrible. It shows my profile picture--horribly stretched--followed by buttons to access the home menu, update status, view notifications, and upload a picture. These buttons are too small for easy selection and not terribly functional. Once you do click on one what comes up is a poorly formatted version of Facebook that looks crowded together.

The app has both a free version and a paid version but I don't see why you'd bother.





FBook

To get full functionality with FBook you have to buy the app, which costs $1.50 otherwise you're running with a lesser version with ads. Is it worth the bit of money?

The app is pretty simple. It consists of two tabs at the top, one says "Facebook" and the other says "Chat." Each one requires that you log in, which I immediately found suspicious. It quickly became clear that this app is doing something very simple: for the Facebook tab it is simply opening the mobile Facebook website. For the chat tab it is opening the normal Facebook website and the centering you on the part that has the chat. This in itself isn't horrible--it is a pain to try to get on the normal website to chat using a browser. So if you like using FB chat then you might actually consider using this program. But most likely your friends on Facebook can also text message or IM using another client, which any phone will have built in, so it's not really worth the $1.50


Read more: http://www.brighthub.com/mobile/htc/articles/78110.aspx#ixzz1I3ofrf7f

5 comments:

Facebook App said...

Best facebook application for android is chili chat is the better application for android phone.I also used this application on android Mobile Phone

byungjin said...

thank you for your advice :)
I didn't know about the chili chat !
how many people use that app?

Anonymous said...

Ummm.. u listed 3 apps and basically said all 3 r garbage... article blowz

Anonymous said...

yeah why don't you make a review with a good suggestion instead of blasting crap apps? useless

byungjin said...

sorry for useless suggestions... I'll review good things soon !

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