The on board Facebook widget/bookmark has just received a new update, and is available to download via the Ovi Store. Originally the E71 had a bookmark linked to a mobile version of the Facebook website, and it wasn’t as pretty as the N97’s dedicated Facebook application. Well it’s finally here, and has a similar set up to the one found on S60 5th Edition devices. I’m not too sure whether this is only available for the E71/E72, but I suppose it should also work for any other S60 3rd Edition device with the same landscape display. Check out some thoughts after the jump.
Facebook for Nokia E71/E72 lets you keep up with your friends right at your fingertips. Update your status, see what your friends are up to, upload photos, check messages and look up phone numbers when you need them anytime and anywhere. Facebook allows you to comment on your friend’s statuses, RSVP to event invites and confirm or deny friend requests. The Facebook for Nokia E71/E72 brings Facebook directly to your phone. If Facebook is not available for your device, please check Ovi Store.
After playing around with the app for a day I’m pretty disappointed. To begin with it took so long for this update to be released, and now it’s here, there are so many issues. In the main wall feeds (Home) it only displays 2 or 3 posts, and then shows me yesterdays updates. I’ve tried logging on at different times of the day and still I don’t get more than 4 updates for today, even though there has been so many.
Another thing that’s quite annoying is the fact that in the old version it showed me if I had any new notifications from the last time I logged in. This feature has also been removed and makes me want to return to the older version. Without it displaying all my latest news feeds, or at least showing me how many notifications I have, the application is pretty useless.
You can however switch to the friends view at the top, where you can have access to everyone who has updated there status’s. The issue here is that even though you can see all the updates from what would be ‘Home’ on your desktop, you can’t interact with anyone unless you click on their profile and access their wall. This is way too long winded for a simple task. Viewing images is much easier now though, so that’s a plus if it’s all that you use Facebook for.
If you wish to still go ahead and try it out you can find it in the S60 3rd Edition Download section. My recommendation is however for you to continue using the old mobile version of the website instead, as it is far more useful compared to this one.