FriendPop: Written & Video iPhone App Review
We’ve seen one heck of a lot of Facebook applications here at the iPhone App Review. Throughout the years we figured we’d seen just about everything that could be developed for the social media giant. However, we were dead wrong: FriendPop by developer Joseph Claudin Daniel is something truly out of left field with a unique approach to all those Facebook friends you’ve spent hours and hours accumulating. If you’re looking for a fun and game-oriented way to interact with your friends, FriendPop has something to offer. You’ll find our full review of the app below!
Concept and Gameplay
The basic idea behind FriendPop looks something like this: You connect your Facebook account to the app, which then trolls through your friends, looking for profile pictures. When it finds these, it compiles them all together. Then, you simply choose one of the two available game modes.
The first is called Name N’ Pop, and it works like this. The app will present you with a name of one of your friends. Then, you must select their profile picture from a wall of collected images. Do this quickly enough to get more points. The second game mode—Shot N’ Pop—works similarly. However, it has you selecting the first letter of a friend’s name, and then their profile instead. Both are certainly fun, and you might find it a might bit more challenging than you might have originally thought. After all, just how well do you know your friends’ profile pictures? Are you willing to put it all to the test?
And once all has been said and done, you can even upload your results to your Timeline in a matter of seconds!
Design and Interface
However, FriendPop just isn’t the best looking app we have ever seen. It’s certainly adequate, and everything about the app behaves exactly as we might expect it to. That being said, the aesthetics are just not iOS creme-of-the-crop. We know we’re picky, but we would have liked to see a smoother Web 2.0 tone instead of what’s contained here. Still, we appreciate the direct integration with our timeline’s as well as the seamless photo pulling.
At the end of the day, FriendPop is a free app, which makes it an immediate value for anyone interested in it. That being said, we’re not quite sure who might pick up the app. If you’re into Facebook—by a wide margin—and are eager for any and all new ways to view it, FriendPop may well be your cup of tea.
FriendPop requires iOS 4.3 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review, as well as a video production fee.
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