One of the most awaited apps for the Apple tablet is finally here! The official Facebook for iPad app is all that we ever wanted and more.
Facebook for iPad's interface is beautiful, fast, and easy to navigate. Honestly, it's almost perfect. The effort that Mark Zuckerberg's giant social network put in this app is obvious, with rumors stating that the employees have been testing it for 1 year already.
After logging in, the app will start at the familiar News Feed. Absolutely everything is shown in this feed, including stuff like when a friend joins a group or "likes" something in particular. This is a great improvement from other Facebook clients where the experience is sometimes "stripped down" (they only show important status updates or links). You can also choose if you want to see only the "most recent" (definitely the best option), "headlines", status updates, links, photos, or videos.
If there's something interesting that you want to check out (for example a link), a new page will seamlessly open in a few seconds. Although it's fast and comfortable enough this is probably the only aspect in which its major rival (Facepad for iPad) has the upper hand. Facepad allows you to open a link in a separate window so that you can continue browsing your News Feed while it loads (which is indeed useful, although it's a blatant copy of the official Twitter app).
Still, the official Facebook app for iPad handles this "link browsing" issue quite well. After you're done seeing the content on the newly opened page, just make a "swipe to the right" gesture to return to the previous page. This motion is incredibly useful and you'll use it a lot while browsing the app. If you do this gesture in portrait mode a new column will open where you'll be able to access all the important sections: profile, friends, events, places, photos, pages, etc.
And if you position the iPad in landscape mode a Chat window will automatically appear. The chat feature is completely functional and enables you to talk to any connected friend. The interface is almost identical to Facebook in a browser, which is a good thing.