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No Facebook for iPad? No Problem: There’s Facepad

Everybody wants to own an iPad, and most people today have reached a point where it is almost not possible to think about going for a whole 24 hours without the vital online social networking service known as Facebook. And yet, for all the iPad’s appeal, an official Facebook app has yet to hit the platform. But if you are willing to make do with an unofficial, third-party app, Facepad might be just the thing you want to have on your iPad for your mobile Facebook needs.

The ability of a mobile device (like the iPad) to hook up to popular online social networking service for on-the-go networking with friends is a crucial part of its success.Unfortunately, there is where iPad users tend to face a little issue. For all its popularity, Facebook has yet to release an official, native client for use in the iPad yet. This means that iPad users have to choose between connecting to Facebook via Safari, or download a third-party app that will simplify their connection to Facebook’s services.

And for those who cannot stand having to do things through the old-fashioned browser, using a third-party client to connect to Facebook is currently the only way to do so. Fortunately, the good news is that there is one new unoffical client which has just appeared in the iTunes App Store, and it goes by the name of Facepad.

Like most unofficial Facebook clients available for mobile Internet devices, Facepad is essentially a heavily-skinned version of touch.facebook.com, a touch-friendly, browser-access version of the popular online social networking service. But what differentiates Facepad from other unofficial Facebook apps for the iPad is that Facepad has apparently gone out of its way to ensure that users experience a ‘native’ app running on top of iOS as opposed to that of a regular website. For example, instead of simply clicking (or tapping) on a link to open it in the same page, Facepad will ‘slide’ in a new window to display the new content. In theory, this will allow users to easily slide between multiple pages without disrupting their viewing experience, as opposed to opening new tabs or windows in a typical web browser.

In addition, Facepad also places a lot of emphasis on viewing multimedia content. The current version of the client sports a dedicated photo browser which it claims allows users to easily swipe through multiple photos and images. Furthermore, Facepad also claims to be equipped with an embedded media player to allow of playback of video clips from within the app itself.

As the app has only been launched five days ago, it should come as no surprise that it suffers from various facepalm-worthy bugs and issues: some users have reported that Facepad fails to launch on some iPads, while others claim that certain options are still broken. However, it appears that those who have managed to get Facepad working on their devices actually like it, as the app has been reported to currently hold the place of the 15th most popular app in the App Store, which is no small feat considering its age.

If you are keen on giving Facepad a spin, do take note that your iPad must be running on at least v 3.2 of iOS and above.

References: Apple iTunes, Technology Blog

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