- 11-16-2012, 02:55 AM #1
Ever since I saw Lumia 920 I said to myself I NEED TO GET THIS! I've been using iPhone 4S for a year and I'm all ready to make a switch as soon as L920 is available in my region.
Everyday I'm seeing more and more people complain about the terrible Facebook and Twitter app. Featureless and with sucky push notifications. I'm a HEAVY user of both these networks so the so-so built in integration won't do. These are my two most-used apps on the iPhone 4S and they are just incredibly well developed, extremely fast and extremely smooth with INSTANT push notifications. So I have to ask, just how bad is the Facebook app on Windows Phone 8 and WHY is it bad? Is there any place where I can see a video of how it is?
Today Facebook and Twitter rolled out cool new updates for their apps on the iPhone and I just thought to myself, where the heck are the updates for Windows Phone? It's so, so awfully bad that on Twitter.com they list the app as a 'Windows Phone 7' app and not Windows Phone 8.
- 11-16-2012, 03:11 AM #2
My thoughts exactly. I absolutely HATE Facebook and Twitter on WP8. Those apps are just terrible. So bad I might just return my Lumia 920 and go back to my iPhone. I have been using the mobile sites for these 2 social networks and that's just not cool. And the fact that there is no rotation lock is just flat out stupid.
I just may end up returning this device
11-16-2012, 03:34 AM #7
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To be fair, Facebook themselves write the iOS & Android versions. They don't bother with WP.
As such Microsoft have written the app, and their knowledge of Facebook & the usage of the APIs is always going to limit the WP version.
I'm not a heavy FB user, but i find everything i need works. Its very easy to post pictures direct from WP. The app does the important stuff, and the notifications seem quicker than the email notifications.
Have you guys added the FB login in the settings -> accounts section, or are you just using the app?
- 11-16-2012, 03:48 AM #8
Facebook sucked in WP7.5; argument? WP7.5 is brand new
Facebook sucks in WP8; argument? WP8 is brand new.
I have a feeling the 'brand new' thing has become sort of a trend of sorts here. Who cares if its brand new. Windows Phone itself is 2 years old. Does Windows Phone 7 have a fully functional Twitter and Facebook apps? No they don't. And didn't Joe Belfiore himself said at launch that Facebook and Twitter apps are now fully updated for WP8? Does that guy in all honesty use these apps and thinks they're working as they should?
- 11-16-2012, 03:49 AM #9
11-16-2012, 04:34 AM #10
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I totally agree that the Facebook app sucks. It's damn slow, buggy and always a few generations behind. And it crashes at least once every day (considering I would open it 3 or 4 times a day).
But I also think Facebook integration on the OS level (contacts, messages, news updates, pictures...) Windows Phone kicks iOS and Android asses big times.
Fortunately I don't need all the features so the built-in WP functionality is enough for me :-)
11-16-2012, 06:04 AM #14
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I don't know how you can expect a Microsoft written 3rd party app, to be the same as the Facebook written app on iOS/Android. Facebook have huge resources dedicated to their apps. To Microsoft its just another app.
I'm sure like most online systems, 3rd party developers have limited access to the system. Surely rather than moaning on here, why not go on the facebook website, and going into the help stuff, and leave feedback, moaning about the "train wreck" Microsoft app, and asking for a 3rd party one. If all the users of the Microsoft app did that, maybe they'd take note.
11-16-2012, 06:37 AM #16
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I've never had an issue with the Facebook app on 7.5 other than it can take time to load pictures. Even then it's still loads faster than my ipod touch.There are a few features I'd like to be added but I don't miss them so much that I'd change to iOS or Android. It's up to Facebook to improve their app and until the WP8 userbase increases to a decent size they're not going to bother.
- 11-16-2012, 07:33 AM #18
I've been using Windows Phone pretty much since WP7 came out. I use a combination of the integrated Facebook features and the Facebook app. I agree that there is room for improvement on both. BTW, I don't like the photo banner at the top of the Facebook app. Takes away valuable screen real estate that can be used for the News Feed.
So what did they add to the iOS and Android Facebook app? Just wondering.
11-16-2012, 07:39 AM #19
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Personally I find the FB integration into the OS to be perfectly capable. I never find myself looking for features that aren't there, though I admit I'm not a heavy user of the platform. And seriously guys, you need instant notification of when someone does something on Facebook?? It takes 10, 15 minutes maybe for my Me tile to update that I have a notification. If that's not fast enough for you... I think you need to rethink what's truly important in life. (Hint, Facebook ain't it ;).
As far as Twitter goes, Rowi is a fantastic Twitter app. Give it a shot.
- 11-16-2012, 07:55 AM #21
- 11-16-2012, 10:22 AM #22
Guys...guys, when we talk about a power app for power users, it doesn't just stop at the app being fast and loading within 2-3 seconds. It's also about the app delivering all that you want and can do if you were using the PC version. Compare our facebook app to that of iOS/android....the appearance of these apps just kills ours. Just look at how small and tiny our inline pictures (pictures within a post/article) appear, it's more of a thumbnail. Look at all the features and nice looks those apps deliver to users, ours on WP is no where near it. Talking of twitter for Android/iOS, it now has the new inline,discover and all the goodies the website provides with no need to log into your pc. Our WP apps are not like that or near there....something must be done cuz these are the most general and used apps anywhere and having them so bad can make WP loose users. People work with these apps nowadays so Microsoft better do something....these apps SUCK on WP!
- 11-16-2012, 10:41 AM #23
I just came to WP from Android on Evo. I like the WP facebook much better, never did care for the droid version, ended up always using the web page. And the way it works with my people and me tiles is great to me. Different strokes I guess.
11-16-2012, 11:02 AM #24
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I don’t know about some of you guys, but I rather use thePeople for any social networking activities. I know the People Hub doesn’t giveyou the full functionality of Facebook and Twitter, but do you really need thefull functionality of both? Probably not. All you want to do is see what yourbuddies are doing and reply to any posts. Yeah, you don’t see the fullfunctions to do that. The People Hub works great if you haven’t given it a try.
I probably log into Facebook’s website about three times amonth. The same for Twitter. This tells you how good People Hub works.
I rather use the People Hub where I get both FB and Twitterfeeds under one umbrella than having to open two separate applications and having togo back and forth between the two.
So anyone who's not satisfied with WP has to offer, then goback to your old phone. I’m sure there’s plenty of people out there than willtake that WP off your hands.
God forbid you dont get a notification. You dont want to miss out on a "thanks" or "you're funny" response because it would be the end of the world for that person.
- 11-16-2012, 11:50 AM #25
Lets not forget that the Facebook iPhone app sucked up until last month, and most people were just using the mobile site to do anything. The Android app STILL sucks (last night's major update just put in in-line ads) but apparently Facebook is making their engineers use the Android app until they rewrite it and get it done correctly. Honestly, the WP8 Facebook app isn't half bad, comparatively, but Facebook needs to write its OWN app, and not let Microsoft handle it.
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