What parents need to know
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.
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.