For the life of the N900, there has been a stream of mediocre Facebook apps popping up. Each app had its unique purpose, from being good at checking in, or easy updates, but nothing on the whole that stellar. When a device sports a built in browser like MicroB, the apps better be good, so with that we see how the latest fairs. Let’s have a look at fMobi for Nokia N900.
fMobi has been out on Symbian^3 for some time, is newly released on Maemo, and will soon come to Meego. First impressions here are fairly good, things working well once permissions are allowed through Facebook. The start screen has the familiar blue we have all come to know and love, and icons that show the simplistic feel that seems to be happening these days. The navigation that occurs when you’re browsing is great and all the menus work well. Sharing a status or checking the news feed is very easy, but sometimes slow to load.
The beauty of this app, is that it displays all the information you really want to see, in an efficient and aesthetically pleasing way. Many flaws in other apps have been the omission of certain features, and it’s great to see that isn’t the case here. There are off course a few things that can’t be done in the app, unliking and blocking the news feed are a few but that’s where MicroB steps in.
As would be expected for such a recent release on the N900, a few issues did arise in the use of fMobi. The slow load times really started grinding on me after some time for certain menus, photos being one which is unfortunate as photos are also MicroB’s biggest weakness. fMobi also seemed to randomly crash at times, but it hasn’t been too common to be much of an issue.
Overall, a very positive experience, and I’m looking forward to seeing updates in the future to make this the very best Facebook experience that N900 has to offer. With all the changes that happen on Facebook, MicroB is defiantly lagging behind but still offers all the options of a full browser. I am happy to say that my full time Facebook browser is now fMobi. All the better to help with my Facebook addiction.