It could be that the app just hasn’t been properly finalised for release in Australia (we were running an unofficial installation made available) and it could be that it hasn’t been properly tweaked yet, but on a device listed by Facebook that Home is apparently compatible with, we had weaker battery life than with a regular homescreen, and some severe slow downs in loading things.
On the first day of using Facebook Home, the speed was fine, but the battery performance was weaker than usual, even with power saving switched on. By the second and third days, however, we started to noticed some slow downs in how Facebook Home was running, with loading screens on the applications menu, and the avatar menu controller functioning only some of the time.
These were issues that simple switches from standby to on and back again would often solve, but it showed us that Facebook Home wasn’t quite ready to be the homescreen replacement it plans to be.
Overall, Facebook Home appears to be made for people who are so addicted to Facebook that everything they do has to be on the social network.
That’s not us, mind you. This writer is more into Twitter, and even then, he wouldn’t switch his entire phone to work from the social network.
A phone is more than about one social network, and when you rely on a device with a camera, calendar, media player, email, phone calls, messaging, and more, it can’t just be about one service.
Still, we could see why some people might go out of their way to install it, and if it interests you, make sure to have either a Samsung Galaxy S3, Note 2, S4, or HTC One or One X when it becomes available on the Australian Google Play Store in the next few weeks.