Premium Facebook Browser Review: This app might spoil you forever for viewing Facebook. OK, full disclosure, I hate Facebook. But setting aside the policy, privacy, and personality issues, Facebook is still the 800-pound gorilla in social media. Many people spend the majority of their online day at the site. But Facebook as a company has not put a lot of effort into developing apps for iOS devices, especially the iPad. This opened the door for 3rd party developers to create apps such as Premium Facebook Browser to fill the void.
Premium Facebook Browser is a rethink of how to access the vast quantity of information in Facebook. It uses tabs along the left to jump you quickly to things like your newsfeed, profile, friends, events, pages, groups, messages, etc. It’s actually much simpler and faster to get to some of these features using these tabs than it is on the Facebook website.
While it’s very different than the web-based interface for Facebook, it’s also very intuitive. There is a lot of information presented on the screen, but much of it is around the edges, leaving the main portion of the screen clearly focused on the feature at hand.
I especially like the way it displays photos, events, and pages in a gallery style. Events are sorted by their relationship to today, such as last week, tomorrow, next two months, etc. They too share the gallery look until you go to a specific event, which returns to a more familiar layout. Pages are sorted by categories such as Attractions/Things To Do, Book, Club, Community, Company, etc. This makes it very easy to find those things that you’ve liked in the past (and probably forgot about).
The dark design is a very different look for a Facebook page, but it suits the iPad nicely. Spots of color are used strategically to highlight specific bits of information. The main content area is more of a light gray than white background, but it is easy on the eye for reading.
- Makes Facebook features clear and easy to access
- Easy to filter and sort to find what you’re looking for
- Good design makes for easy-on-the-eyes reading
- There’s a lot going on in the interface