Facebook? Is it really needed?
I recently picked up an iPad; love it but find that a lot of the apps that I use my iPhone for, such as Facebook, Bloomberg etc, it is sometimes easier to just navigate to the website via Safari on the iPad. I know that apps on the iPhone allow the user to get access to information quickly on a small screen since utilizing the web page may be inconvenient. This may not be necessary for the iPad.
I am just wondering if a lot of apps that people have been requesting for the iPad such as Facebook may never be developed because developers and companies find that their website suffices for devices like the iPad. They wouldn't make a specialized app for a netbook, why do it for an iPad especially if it is free and people will continue to navigate to the website anyways?
Don't get me wrong, I would definitely check out the Facebook app for iPad. I just wonder if the developers/companies will look at this device more as a netbook/laptop alternative and applications will be more in depth and offer a more fulfilling experience much like a laptop application (possibly leading to more expensive apps such as Microsoft Office, Quicken, Quickbooks etc).
- 04-27-2010, 11:37 PM #2
It's a good question you bring up. Browsers made the web what it is today, but it seems like we are moving away from the browser and more client / server programs that retrieve data from the cloud.
Should be interesting to see how "the web" is 5 years from now.
- 04-28-2010, 12:00 AM #3
- 04-28-2010, 12:54 AM #4
I want a Facebook app for iPad because there are things on the web I can't use on iPad (FB application, chat, etc...) and the web just isn't designed to be used with a finger. If Facebook developed an application, then the overall Facebook experience on iPad would be better... well, providing that the app wasn't anywhere as poor of quality as the iPhone version.
- 04-28-2010, 08:53 AM #5
- 05-11-2010, 10:11 PM #6iPhone Nanite
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I am mostly happy with using Facebook via Safari, except you can't use chat and you can't upload photos. I would love to be able to do that - I do a lot of photography and store it on my laptop and iPad, so it would be cool to post that stuff when I'm not near the laptop.
I actually have enjoyed using Safari with a touchscreen, although it is frustrating occasionally. I've noticed that the apps for many sites are much more attractive and user friendly - now only if they could just re-work their regular sites to match!
- 05-11-2010, 10:30 PM #7
I had not thought about the future of the web yet its a good thing to think about. Everything is moving to the cloud, and designers need to keep this in mind. I'd love to have an optimized iPad edition of Facebook. Mainly for chat, photo browsing and upload, as well as timelines.
- 05-26-2010, 09:29 AM #8
I can't say it is required, but would be useful if only to upload media. However, the easiest way around this is to use your facebook mobile email address. I use this on the iPhone all the time so videos and images can send in the background while I am outside of the app.
- 06-09-2010, 12:55 PM #9