Is the iOS Facebook App Unusable for You Too?
Last month, I told you about how my experience with iOS 5 and my iPhone 3GS had been a phenomenal one. Many of you wrote in to agree with me and many of you had a difference of opinion. Well, after a month of use, we’re still par for the course. I haven’t had any major problems with any of the new features, I haven’t seen any insane battery drain, and I haven’t seen any heavy lag.
All is good in the land of Apple.
However, it’s a different story for an application that I use a lot, an application called Facebook. Prior to iOS 5 and all of the changes to the Facebook application, my experience with the iOS app was outstanding.
In fact, I probably used the mobile app more then I used the actual website.
It was that good.
But all has changed in the last month or so. What started as something minor has spiraled to the point where I honestly don’t want to use the application anymore. Remember, this was an application that just a short time ago, I used to love.
So, what’s the problem?
I’ll tell you.
Just about every time I load up the application and start using it, I stumble onto some kind of bug. Two of the head scratchers include clicking on comments on a video or a picture and instead of being taken to said comments, I get taken to the content instead. Trust me, when this happens 10 out of the 15 times you try and click something, it becomes annoying.
I also seem to manage to land on connection error’s half the time I try and look at a photo or video from my phone or iPad. I repeatedly click ‘Try Again’ and guess what? Nothing happens. One of our editors, Josh Smith, has the same problem with videos.
Or how about this.
When I click a photo, whether it’s something stupid that I want to make fun of or a photo of a family member that I want to check out (and make fun of), I am often taken to a photo that is not the photo that I clicked on. I am then unable to get to the photo that I want to see. This problem also happens to Josh and to his wife, leading to embarrassing comments on somber photos.
I also get random notifications, notifications that don’t go away, Pending Items that I can’t accept or decline, and other smaller things that drive me crazy.
I was so fed up yesterday that I fired up an Android device and opened Facebook.
Facebook’s Android app is notoriously far behind iOS in terms of features but, after using it for 10 minutes or so, I would take it over the current iOS version.
Until Facebook releases an update that exterminates these bugs, I am going to stop using the app. It’s not going to be easy. I’ve been using the app since it first arrived and I have come to rely on it.
But I just can’t take it anymore.
Any of you feeling the same?