Facebook Home just seems like one of those things that sounds like a great idea, but isn’t when implemented. I think that Facebook made a wise choice in deciding to make something that could be installed on any Android phone. Despite the strict restrictions on which phone can be used, it seems that Facebook Home can actually function on any Android phone running Ice Cream Sandwhich. For information on how to install it on virtually any Android phone right now, read my post on how to get Facebook Home to work from your Android Phone on The Tech Tipper. Not only this, but the launcher is very impractical. The lack of customization makes it great if all you plan on doing is living in Facebook, but everything else difficult. If Facebook is your essential application, then this might be great for you, but for those of us for whom Facebook takes up a minuscule part of our phone use, it’s just very impractical.
The reality is that using Facebook Home as a launcher just seems severely impractical. The home screen is arguably for nice. For those of us who have friends who take high quality photos and have a phone with a large screen, Facebook Home truly looks great. It’s a great interface for viewing your friends updates and media. Despite this, Facebook Home feels very sluggish. Even on my Android phone which a 1 Ghz processor and plenty of power, it slows the phone down and I believe this is the case because it really runs in conjunction with the Android Launcher. Facebook Home is nonetheless a very vibrant interface. It looks great and maybe with future releases Facebook will find a way to balance it out.