Sean just posted some comments about Taptivate’s new Friends app for iPhone that came out today. He doesn’t like it much, and I agree completely. His closing comments:
Every issue I have with Friends boils down to this: Friends doesn’t solve any problems for me. If anything, it creates them.
It’s the truth. All the coolness that could have come out of unifying how I interact with my friends in one place seems to be lost somewhere between the icon and the first screen of this app. As I noted in the comments on Sean’s post, I’m left envying something like the Windows 7 People Hub. It’s a very well considered solution. Friends just leaves you wondering what is supposed to make it better than using your dedicated apps for these services.