Facebook for iPad with Chat - Pica HD

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Hit-or-miss app adds nothing to the FB experience.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

The app mimics the look of the Facebook page, but has some issues with an unresponsive touchscreen. If links and buttons aren't tapped in just the right spot, the action won't register.

Violence

Because the app gives users access to their Facebook accounts, it's possible that users will encounter violent content.

Sex

Because the app gives users access to their Facebook accounts, it's possible that users will encounter sexual content.

Language

The app itself has no objectionable language -- but depending on who's on the friends list, what's written on your wall might have some choice words.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Because the app gives users access to their Facebook accounts, it's possible that users will encounter posts about or pictures of drinking, drugs, or smoking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Facebook for iPad with Chat - Pica HD is an iPad app that lets users interact with the popular social networking site. The usual parental advice about Facebook applies here -- specifically, parents should talk with their teens about controlling their information, managing their privacy settings, and deciding what is appropriate to post.

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Is it any good?

Facebook for iPad with Chat - Pica HD is, basically, a customized version of Facebook's rather anemic touch site. Sure, you can navigate between your news feed, profiles, and inbox easily enough -- and even choose a custom theme -- but the shortcuts taken by the developer are quickly apparent. Chat, for instance, doesn't stick with your chosen theme, and scrolling through your available friends list is not an intuitive process. Search was also hit and miss (mostly miss) during our testing. In addition, some links and buttons have issues with unresponsiveness. If they aren't tapped in just the right spot, the action won't register. And the inability to pinch and zoom photos is glaringly obvious. It is, at best, a so-so app that shows little to no ambition in moving Facebook forward on iDevices.

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