Social media and networking has become an integral part of our daily lives. Applications have quickly become a quick, easy, and streamline way to access something specific whether it be a game, a news subscription, Youtube player, etc. A highlight of the BlackBerry PlayBook is surfing the “web without limits” so when I first started to use the PlayBook, I realized that the “lack” of apps at launch really wasn’t a big deal. Why? Because it was all on the web. Did I need a NetFlix app? No, I could just go to and the same with many other sites. Sure, if there was an app, it be a lot easier to get to. In essence, using an app is like cutting out the middleman, whoever that may be. Now back to the original subject, FaceBook.

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Before the PlayBook launched, the folks at BlackBerry exclusively showed FaceBook running on the browser and how it’s no different from your desktop (If you would like to see this, start the video above at 1:04). Not too long after the launch of the PlayBook, the official FaceBook app was released. Most recently, it was updated and improved (If you’d like to know more about the latest update, click here).

As an avid user of FaceBook, I started thinking about what did I enjoy more. I noticed that I use FaceBook in different ways (between the app and browser) when I’m using it on my PlayBook. I’m going to focus specifically on three things which are notably different: the chat, pictures, and videos. Below I’ll show you exactly what I mean.

FaceBook Chat

This is what FaceBook is like in the PlayBook browser with the chat opened up. Scrolling through the list of your friends is smooth. Only issues I face sometimes is when I want to minimize a chat window or close it but it’s nothing serious. When the keyboard goes up, naturally, everything gets condensed and it doesn’t feel as smooth.

Now, something else you could do while on the browser, you can switch to portrait mode, allowing you to see more and to chat easier with thumb-typing.

I know exactly what your thinking, it looks tiny. It certainly does. However, on the browser, you can pitch to zoom giving you a close up of anything you need to see.

The application has a very nice integration of the chat. You have a toggle button to turn the chat on/off. Lets assume your chat is on. If your scrolling through the News Feed and you get a message, you’ll get a notification on the top right. If your in the middle of reading, you can tap the notification and see what was written without having to respond at that very moment.

Once your done reading, you can tap the message and it’ll talk you into the chat interface.


FaceBook Pictures

When it comes down to viewing pictures, the app provides a smooth transition, swiping from picture to picture.

On the browser, you get the black box with the arrow option to go back or forward which can be annoying sometimes.

In the app, you won’t have any trouble uploading a picture or even selecting an album to upload it to. Where you will have a problem is if you wish to change your default profile picture. You won’t be able to do it. The way around that is going through the browser.


FaceBook Videos

If your watching a video that is uploaded to FaceBook, then you’ll be able to watch it in the app. However, if you watch a video linked from YouTube, Vevo, Vimeo, etc., once you click the link, you’ll automatically redirected you to the browser.



In conclusion, I am constantly using both forms of FaceBook on the PlayBook.  It all just depends on the situation. For example, if I want to “Like” a persons comment within a status, I use the browser. If I want to see what’s going on and just read the news feed, the app provides faster access. As far as the categories mentioned above, if I had to declare a winner it would be:

  • FaceBook Chat: Application
  • FaceBook Pictures: Application
  • FaceBook Video: Browser

In the end, it just boils down to personal preference. The nice thing about it is having options. What do you think? Which one do you prefer? Share your comments and thoughts below!