Favs is the go-to app for all of the pics, links, tweets, and status updates that have caught your social networking fancy. It’s an inbox for all of the stuff you like, and it’s available on your iPhone and Mac. I really love this idea because I use Twitter (Favorites) and Google Reader (Starred Items) […]
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Review: Favs for iPhone and Mac

Favs is the go-to app for all of the pics, links, tweets, and status updates that have caught your social networking fancy. It’s an inbox for all of the stuff you like, and it’s available on your iPhone and Mac. I really love this idea because I use Twitter (Favorites) and Google Reader (Starred Items) for marking interesting articles and links for iSource posts, so having a one-stop shop for earmarked content sounds wonderful.

I’ve only chosen to sync with Google Reader, Twitter, and Facebook across my iPhone and Mac, but Favs also supports:

  • Delicious
  • Dribbble
  • Flattr
  • Flickr
  • GitHub
  • Instagram
  • Instapaper (paid account needed)
  • Pinboard
  • Readability
  • Pocket (Read It Later)
  • Stack Overflow
  • Vimeo
  • YouTube
  • Zootool

To call the list extensive would be an understatement. Favs lets you view each service separately, or all together as one giant list of Good Stuff. Tapping on a Fav will load up the link or webpage in an in-app browser, but you’re also free to use the Readability mobilizer (on both Mac and iPhone) to make larger articles easier to read.

Sync Limits

Depending on how much stuff you like, Favs can take quite a while to handle its initial sync. Syncing 1300 Twitter Favorites wasn’t so bad, but my Google Reader is so full of starred items that it took about 15 minutes for Favs to tally all 1948 of them. Subsequent syncs happen much faster, but Favs would probably do a lot better if it chose to sync only the last x weeks’ or x months’ worth of items – at least by default. I like keeping track of content that was posted as long as one month ago, but I certainly don’t need the items I starred back in 2010.

Managing History

For those of us who have been bookmarking things for a very, very long time, Favs can end up showing an extremely long scrollbar. This is fine on a Mac, where scrollbars can be dragged by the mouse, but it’s cumbersome on the iPhone, where scrolling through 1300 entries can require awkward stretches of finger sprinting. I know that they require custom coding, but I believe a draggable scrollbar would go a long way towards making the iPhone lists feel more navigable.

Waiting for Sync

This isn’t really a make or break situation, but I did find it confusing: the latest set of release notes for the Favs Mac app (v1.1) mention iCloud syncing for account info (minus passwords), and the iPhone has an iCloud sync option in the Settings.app. I thought iCloud would sync unread counts between the Mac and iPhone apps, but syncing just doesn’t seem to be working right now. My guess is that iCloud functionality will be coming to the iPhone in the next update, and the toggles for were shown just a little too soon.

Conclusion

It has taken me a little while to write about Favs because, as an app that’s chock-full of my favourite stuff, I ended up getting distracted every time I loaded it up to review it. The $10 Mac version feels faster and more fleshed out than the $3 iPhone version, but I think they’ll likely reach parity soon. Both versions are still easy to use, lovely to look at (especially that app icon!), and I’m genuinely enjoying rallying the mess of stars, likes, and favorites under the Favs banner. If you spread your time across at least two social networks, you’ll want to give Favs a try.

Oh, and lest I forget, there’s also a trial version of the Mac app, should you want to test the whole idea out

Favs was provided by Dirk Holtwick for review on iSource. For further information regarding our site’s review policies, please see the “About” page.

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