MyPad+ Review

Our Review by Jennifer Allen on June 8th, 2011
Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: ESSENTIAL
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There's a new heir to the Facebook app throne with MyPad+

Developer: Loytr
Price: $0.99 (or free with ad support)
Version Reviewed: 2.0.2
Device Reviewed On: iPad 2

iPhone Integration Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar
User Interface Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar
Re-use Value Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar

Overall Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar

One of the great mysteries of the iPad is why on earth there isn't an official Facebook app out there when the iPhone has one. Still, while apps like MyPad+ exist, there's not really any need to worry about an official one. MyPad+ makes for a great Facebook experience, one that I actually found more satisfying than using the Facebook website.

Much of this success is down to its navigational features. Everything is swipe based. Using a columns style interface that works in both portrait mode and landscape, everything is easily swiped aside. On the left hand side resides the main options for Facebook such as News Feed, Messages, Photos, Events and Chat. Tapping one of these then opens another column to the right which can in turn open yet another column. In no way is it clunky, instead it feels intuitive and fitting for the eyes, appreciating how people typically read (from top left to bottom right).

Photo Galleries look particularly impressive, revitalising galleries of old and forming a great way of showing off photos to friends and family from the iPad. Uploading images is easy enough too although there's currently no way of tagging friends while doing so.

There's also an interactive video player that loads quickly in its own column. The Events Calender also ensures that it's quick and simple to consult much like a diary. Chat is also pretty inspired, never feeling like a poorer cousin of the website. The only irritant for anti social souls such as myself is that there doesn't appear to be any way of logging out of chat. It instead leaves the user logs in so even if they switch to the browser version, it's still open.

Despite this, MyPad+ is near flawless. It simply works perfectly and makes for a very attractive interface. Even the font and font size has clearly been chosen deliberately to ensure that it is easy to read on the iPad screen. Facebook fans have a new favorite app to use.

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