If I'm right and most people don't care, then it's a huge win to mix in HTML when convenient for the same reasons mentioned in the very article this thread is linked to that's lambasting Facebook's app.
"Facebook for iOS"? More like "Loading... for iOS"!
1. Tap highlighted icon
2. Suppress the instinct to tap the first entry (high failure rate here :))
3. Pull to refresh
4. Wait for refresh
5. Hit the new first entry
Either this happens to everyone, then it contradicts your point, because not every normal user knows how to pull-to-refresh. Especially since there's no visual indicator for this at all.
Or this bug only affects some users, and then it explains why you are happy. My girlfriend on the original iPad certainly has the same problem.
The app UI is great, but I just don't use it because it the payoff is not worth the wait.
As a counterpoint, my wife often finds the Facebook Mobile app to be incredibly sluggish.
Many users often don't complain about performance, but if you make things work faster they tend to appreciate it anyway.
the story you're commenting on presents evidence which contradicts what you're saying. unless you count a brief introductory paragraph, it is literally the first point they make.
the article says that the app has nearly 12K one-star reviews and an average of 2 stars, indicating that people don't like the app. the writing is not 100% clear, but it appears to be saying that the app only has a little over 21K reviews total, which means more than half of all reviews for the app are one-star reviews.
how could you possibly square this information with your belief that most people don't care? they counted the number of people who care and not only are there thousands of them, but more than 50% of the reviews are as negative as it is possible for a review to be.
seriously, dude, "people hate it" is the first point this article makes, and it does so with plenty of compelling evidence.
The Android app has 3.2 million reviews (averaging 3.6 stars - 600,000 or so are 1 star).
So it doesn't seem as bad when you consider "all versions" instead of just "this version". I wonder if it's a matter of more tech-savvy people reviewing the newer versions when they come out? Or it could just be that the app really is getting much, much worse with every release...
Personally, I'm waiting for them to fix contact sync on Android ICS. That's the only reason I have the app installed...
The sync worked before because Google allowed them to use a special API to allow them to show contacts on your phone without actually syncing them to your account (removing the Facebook app removed the contacts)