It is time to see who wins, a complete comparison of Facebook Vs Facebook Lite. Facebook Lite, the application that occupies less than 1 MB of the popular social network, arrived in Spain just over a month ago. This application is intended for emerging markets and has been designed with slow connections in mind, so it could be useful if you have a weak phone or a data rate that is too restrictive.
But what exactly are the differences between this Lite application and the complete one? How is the experience when using it in a high-end mobile? Like many of you, we have also asked ourselves this question, and in fact, we have decided to take a look and do for you this comparison explaining what our experience has been.
Facebook Vs Facebook Lite:
We’ve covered every aspect of both apps, it will be easier to see who is the winner between Facebook Vs Facebook Lite.
Minimalist and reduced interface:
As you can see, the interface of both applications has quite remarkable differences. One of them is the same layout of the sections at the top of the screen, since as you can see not only the icons in the Lite version are inserted in the blue bar, but the search bar disappears and becomes a section plus.
On the left you can also see how the full Facebook application shows us the images that our contacts share in a very visible size, while on the right you will see that the Lite version reduces them so they do not take so long to load, and we will have to press about them if we want to see them with a decent size.
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There are also certain changes in the Like and Comment icons, which are much more minimalist in the Lite version. In addition, also disappears the signage in the text of the likes and the number of comments. The interface of Facebook Lite seems to have come from the past in a time machine, and although the differences are remarkable and give the feeling of being a more “dirty” application, I cannot say that I dislike it either.
As for the rest of the sections or tabs of the application, all of them will be shown with a much smaller appearance and more modest and less colorful icons. It is as if Facebook had assumed that the mobile phones that will take over will have mostly small screens and would have adapted the sizes of the application to be able to see as much content as possible.
Performance is the biggest difference:
There are many aspects of the design of Facebook Lite that I like, but all the desire that I could have had to use it instead of the full application was passed to me as soon as I started using it for a while. And the biggest differences between the two will not be found in the design as in the performance.
First, the application has a terrible flow when it comes to scrolling in our timeline, something really annoying but that was expected considering the little space it occupies. In addition, Lite will load very few messages in the timeline, so if we want to review all our news we will have to upload new messages every two minutes.
And in fact, that’s where we will find another of its biggest and most annoying inconveniences: loading times. The load times in the transitions of the application are huge, either to open a small image to access a new page in the timeline or visit the profile of one of our contacts.
As much as we may like Lite’s design, the differences in performance are abysmal. In the complete application, everything goes smooth and fluid, while in the reduced we will have to deal with a terrible flow and excessive load times that, to top it all, will freeze the screen and we will not be able to do anything until what we have opened has finished loading.
Absences and additions:
In its eagerness to consume the minimum amount of data possible and make the most of the screen of our phones, Facebook Lite will also dispense with small options such as viewing videos directly from the timeline. Instead, these will be shown as small images on which we will have to press to load them in full screen.
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Another of the absences, as you will have seen in the image that heads this article, is in the profiles or pages of companies. While Facebook delights us by showing an avatar, a background image and even the profile or page information we are visiting, in Lite all this will disappear to focus on the content, and if we want to access this data we will have to click on a specific tab and wait seated to load.
But not everything is going to be bad news. In fact, Facebook Lite scores an important birth that could have been quite deciding if the differences in performance had not been so abysmal. This is chat, which cannot be accessed from the main Facebook application (it asks us to install Messenger), but it will be available in Lite.
What do you lose if you use Facebook Lite?
In conclusion, if you use Facebook Lite you lose all the fluidity and good behavior that the main application of the social network offers us. In addition, you will have to face long load times and want to see a photo or upload a video, something that convinces you in an application that is practically unusable unless you have no choice but to resort to it.
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And it’s a shame because as we mentioned, the design is minimalist, but at least on a personal level, I do not find it unpleasant. Also in Facebook Lite you can use Facebook chat without the application forces you to install Messenger, a possibility that a server misses enough in the main application.