Facebook Lite review: It is simple and you will love it

With Facebook Lite, Facebook intends to give no reason to its user to opt out of its social network.

Written by Debashis Sarkar | New Delhi | Updated: July 4, 2015 7:11:40 pm
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Are you like someone who gets frustrated if Facebook takes time to load? Or, you stay in some part of India, where getting a bare minimum 3G speed for your Facebook app to load, is a big ask? Facebook Lite is purpose built for this. It is a stripped down version of the regular Facebook app. Stripped in terms of looks but not features.

It can be used along with your regular Facebook app. In any device, you get the option to use all the three apps simultaneous- Facebook, Messenger and Facebook Lite. Don’t worry about notifications. You won’t get same notifications from both the Facebook apps. When the Facebook app are used, the Lite version send the notifications.

Facebook Lite app appears very simple. At a first glance, it might remind you of the design of Facebook page when browsed on mobiles five years back. However, the app has not compromised on features. It has everything you need.

Why use Facebook Lite?

Facebook Lite is made to work in slow 2G speeds. It is fast and consumes less data than the regular Facebook Android app. The Lite version comes with in-built chat box, unlike the regular app in which you have to download Messenger to chat. The chat interface might look simple but has everything you need except calling feature. The app overall is smooth.

After Facebook and Messenger, do you need a new Lite app?

The Lite version, for those who are on 2G networks or want save data, is a blessing. Facebook users who are on 3G can keep the Lite version to back up their Facebook needs during poor speeds.

Any improvements? 

It would have been great if Facebook can make both- the regular app and the Lite app- a bit smarter to suggest the user to shift between them with respect to Internet speeds. For example, if you have excellent 3G speeds, the Lite version should notify or automatically take you to the regular app. Or, on the other hand, if Internet speeds are slow, the regular app should automatically direct the user to Facebook Lite.

Verdict:

Facebook Lite is nothing revolutionary. It seems Facebook like has worked backwards to create the Lite version. With this, Facebook has again ensured that it intends to give no reason to its user to opt out of its social network.

It is simple (may be ugly for some). It is fast. It consumes less data. These are enough reasons for you to try it once.

Already using Facebook Lite? Do share your experience and suggestions on how to improve it, in the comment section below.

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