Reviews & hands-on

  • Apps

    Hands-on: Paper by Facebook (iPhone) review‏

    By 3 February 2014

    Paper, Facebook's a new iPhone app, has been released in the US. Carrying the same name as the well-known app from FiftyThree, Paper is supposed to combine two experiences into one: social networking and news consumption. Whether it succeeds like Facebook...

  • Apps

    Instagram Direct hands-on: Facebook's pursuit of Snapchat

    By 12 December 2013

    Facebook-owned Instagram sits at 150 million users and looks to create the ultimate multimedia experience on mobile, borrowing from other services in the process. When Vine came on the scene in spring 2013, Instagram was quick to add videos too. Now...

  • Phones 3.5 out of 5

    HTC First review

    By 15 April 2013

    We’ve got smartphone fatigue. It’s always a new iPhone, new Windows Phone, new Android phone with Samsung’s latest TouchWiz UX, or a lifesaver the folks at BlackBerry are trying to cook up, dominating the news cycle on a daily basis. This is why...

  • Online

    Hands-on: New Facebook News Feed explored

    By 8 March 2013

    Facebook has updated the look and feel of its News Feed feature in the hope that it will become the best personalised newspaper you would ever want. As the global roll-out begins, Pocket-lint has been given access to the new feature so we can share what...

  • Apps

    INQ Material serves up your daily news based on Twitter and Facebook 'social DNA'

    By 13 February 2013

    INQ is taking the fight to the likes of Flipboard and Pulse in launching a content aggregation app called Material. Looking to add differentiation, INQ is analysing your social network use to identify your interests and tailor your content accordingly...

  • Cars

    Citroën C1 Connexion: The Facebook crowdsourced car

    By 31 January 2013

    Citroën has launched a special edition of its C1 city car, the C1 Connexion, designed by its fans on Facebook. Back in 2012, the car manufacturer set about crowdsourcing the specifications for a special edition of the car via its Facebook page. Taking...

  • Online

    Facebook Graph Search goes live, we go hands-on

    By 15 January 2013

    Facebook Graph Search is live and rolling out to a handful of people, and when we say handful we mean it. According to Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and founder of Facebook, the initial beta is available to a couple of hundred people of the 1 billion-odd users...

  • Online

    Facebook in OS X Mountain Lion details, we go hands-on

    By 25 July 2012

    Apple has confirmed to Pocket-lint that Facebook will be joining Twitter in being given system-level access to allow you to check and make status updates from anywhere at the click of a button. We've been playing with a developer preview of the new feature...

  • Apps

    APP OF THE DAY: Scrambls review (browser)

    By 7 May 2012

    Today is a bit of a first on App of the Day on Pocket-lint. While the bread and butter of our 6pm slot is most often applications for mobile phones, it does include any kind of application whatsoever. So, we've had the odd web app, some computer desktop...

  • Apps

    Facebook for Windows Phone 7 update pictures and hands-on

    By 15 February 2012

    Windows Phone 7 users who like Facebook got a treat this week with the launch of the new and improved official application for their devices. There's a whole host of new features for the updated app, including improved panorama and profile designs, better...

  • Apps

    APP OF THE DAY: Facebook for iPad review (iPad)

    By 11 October 2011

    Ever since the iPad launched, Facebook has always said that you don’t need a dedicated iPad app and that the Safari web browser is the best way to experience Facebook. On Monday all that changed. After months of waiting, we now have a dedicated Facebook...

  • Apps

    APP OF THE DAY: Facebook Messenger review (Android)

    By 20 September 2011

    Facebook has found its way into almost every phone, with custom apps, a mobile site and entire operating system updates dedicated to accommodating Mark Zuckerberg’s social network. Replicating all the features that Facebook offers is accommodated well...

  • Phones 3 out of 5

    Vodafone 555 Blue review

    By 6 September 2011

    The Vodafone 555 Blue is the latest Facebook phone to hit the market. But when we say market, we don't just mean the markets here in the UK. Oh no, Vodafone has big plans with regards to opening up Facebook to millions of mobile users worldwide - at least...

  • Apps

    APP OF THE DAY: Facebook Messenger review (iOS)

    By 10 August 2011

    Facebook has, until recently, been a place where you shout about what you are doing; whereby friends will invariably reply by shouting back:"I did this" or "I did that". However, with everyone wanting a piece of the BlackBerry BBM pie and Apple about...

  • Phones

    Vodafone 555 Blue hands-on

    By 27 July 2011

    The first thing to say about the Vodafone 555 Blue is that it's not blue at all, it's white. Actually the most important thing to say is that the 555 is not a handset to match the likes of the HTC ChaCha - another mobile phone built firmly with Facebook...