Ben Brooks recently linked to an interesting Smashing Magazine article on the mobile web, which discusses whether or not websites should bother having separate, mobile-optimized versions. I could see the argument for simpler, leaner mobile websites years ago when I still used a Windows Mobile 5 device and browsed with the barely-capable Internet Explorer Mobile, […]
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Do We Still Need A Separate Mobile Web?

Ben Brooks recently linked to an interesting Smashing Magazine article on the mobile web, which discusses whether or not websites should bother having separate, mobile-optimized versions. I could see the argument for simpler, leaner mobile websites years ago when I still used a Windows Mobile 5 device and browsed with the barely-capable Internet Explorer Mobile, but viewing mobile versions of IMDB.com (or iSource.com, for that matter) just doesn’t cut it for me.

iPhones and iPads are powerful enough to chew up and spit out most websites I visit, and services like Safari Reader and Instapaper help me to instantly adapt most websites for easier reading. 90% of the time that I see a mobile version of a website, I’ll end up switching to the full desktop version (the 10% exception to the case are web apps like Grooveshark and Gmail or Svbtle blogs, which are beautifully optimized for non-desktop devices). I think a lot of sites would be doing me a favour by simply displaying their full desktop versions to my iPhone and iPad – and not just to my Mac.

[via The Brooks Review]

 

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