Review: LightSocial Pro UWP
The story so far: Facebook had a MS-written client for WP8.1 and all was well. Then Windows 10 Mobile came along and Facebook built its official application on the OSMeta middleware, meaning that the client was slow and heavy on resources. So the canny W10M phone user just used the Facebook web site. Until last week, when this stopped working well in Edge (everyone got served the ultra 'basic' version of content). Making this the perfect time to look at third party Facebook client, LightSocial Pro UWP.
NB: Of course, we also know about SlimSocial, which does much the same job - and for free (with donations) - but this is subtly different it's worth trying both and then settling on the one that suits you best. And comments welcome in comparing the two!
NB2: LightSocial is also available for Windows Phone 8.1, should you have an older phone on the older OS.
The idea here (as with SlimSocial) is to grab content from the full Facebook site in real time and re-render it on the fly, stripping out the essential Facebook interactive features rubbish and giving you the content you actually wanted. The feel is halfway between that of the old mobile web site (before it stopped working properly) and a native client. But it's patently faster and more efficient than the official Facebook application, plus (again as with SlimSocial) there's the wonderful option to have a (mostly) dark theme, making Facebook easier on the eyes and more battery efficient on phones with AMOLED screens.
On balance, I prefer SlimSocial to LightSocial, but there's not much in it. Neither system is super-snappy at loading pages in the first place, but then you have to remember that it's Facebook serving up bloated content in the background and the apps are having to work hard to strip out just what you need.
Well worth a look, anyway, in your efforts to avoid the full-strength, RAM-heavy official client.
PS. There's also an ad-supported version that's a free download, but when just a dollar/pound is enough to never see ads, I don't see why you shouldn't just go to the full Pro version linked.
Reviewed by Steve Litchfield at