Facebook 1.5 for BlackBerry

A few days ago, I upgraded all the software and apps on my Blackberry Curve. It actually didn’t take as long as I thought it would, even though it backed up, wiped, and restored everything on the device. Apart from some great changes in the main software (and the addition of a video camera), it updated the Facebook for BlackBerry application to version 1.5.

While I’ve had this app for sometime, I don’t use it that much – I find it easier to simply go to the mobile web version, which lets me see messages, wall posts, and notifications easier.  However, the new version has several great features that make it worth while.

First, contact synchronization.  Simply put, the app synchronizes contacts in your phone with your friends.  If a number matches a friends number online, it will add a “Facebook Name:” field to the Address Book, and randomly sync their profile picture to your phone for caller ID.

Second, phone notifications.  Just like when you have a missed call or receive a text message, you now get a Facebook icon and message number when you receive messages, notifications, etc.  Even better, the notifications and messages are sorted with your texts and emails for convenience.

Lastly (at least for this post), the addition (and ease) of “Send to Facebook” buttons.  For instance, when you snap a picture with your phone, you can send it to Facebook with the click of a button.  The uploader doesn’t seem as bulky as other application uploaders.

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