I hate mobile versions of websites

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by amazingdm, Jul 19, 2011.

  1. amazingdm macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2010
    They show up everywhere. And I don't understand them.. We have a full web browser.. And for some reason they make sure to fit the iPhone screen but never let me zoom in why??
  2. Dunbar macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    I agree, they essentially use the same format from 5 years ago that were designed for tiny Blackberry screens. IMO the full site is too big for the iPhone screen. I wish they would come up with a better compromise for iPhone and Android users (OK Windows Phone too...)
  3. AreYouIn? macrumors 6502a


    Jun 9, 2009
    Ditto I hate the macrumors mobile site even. Though it is better than some.
  4. accessoriesguy macrumors 6502a

    Jul 8, 2011
    At some point business thought it would be helpful to have a mobile site for phone users. But then technology progressed and like many things, made them obsolete.

    Since the monkey see, monkey do, nature of business everyone else had already made a mobile site, and since they spent money on it, decided to continue with it. Although we are reaching the point of we no longer need that.

    Well I do not know much about mobile phones accessing mobile sites. But i did sometimes stumble upon a mobile version of some websites. The website checks what you are using to explore their site and sends you to the acquitted site. I noticed the url was different, typically mobile.Asite.com. So what i would do was remove the mobile or just make it say the original site name.

    You can try playing around with the url, see if that works, maybe skipping the index page will prevent them from checking if you are using a mobile phone.
  5. Frenchjay macrumors 68000


    Jul 6, 2010
    Buy Atomic Web Browser from the app store and you can set it so it spoofs websites to think you are on a desktop thus making all sites show the full version :)
  6. rusty2192 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 15, 2008
    I've actually ran into a few that even Atomic Browser still showed the mobile version (with the desktop spoof enabled).

    I also hate mobile versions of sites. What really makes me mad is when you click on the link for the full site, which then starts to load it, only to be re-redirected to the mobile version. :eek:

    Oh, and I don't like the new mobile version of MacRumors either. The Forums section is especially a huge step backwards. :(
  7. saving107 macrumors 603


    Oct 14, 2007
    San Jose, Ca
    I agree that Mobile version of sites do suck, but they do load faster while on 3G and for people who are on limited monthly data caps (150MB), Mobile version do require less data.
  8. Nicolas4ever macrumors 6502a


    Jul 7, 2010
    Me too.We have a mobile version for our website but it sucks,i hate it
  9. kdarling macrumors P6


    Jun 9, 2007
    First university coding class = 47 years ago
    I like some mobile sites when I'm in a rush. Less time loading, lots less time fiddling around them to find what I want.

    I use the mobile or iPhone optimized sites for sites like:

    -Weather Underground

    When I don't feel like scrolling and zooming all the darned place.

    I don't like mobile forums so much, though.
  10. Frenchjay macrumors 68000


    Jul 6, 2010
    Never come across that using Atomic. Yeah I hate them as well although I know why they are there.
  11. PNutts macrumors 601


    Jul 24, 2008
    Pacific Northwest, US

    And especially aggravating are sites that send you back to the mobile site if you try to access a deep link.
  12. amazingdm thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2010
  13. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

    Oct 9, 2006
    some yes because it took less data but there are quite a few sites I got to that have mobile version and I like the mobile version better for phones.
    Mobile versions of sites are great if they are optimized for screen size.

    An example of a good one
    tipb is I think the worse of them but sadly I do not know the exact link for their mobile site but it is still pretty well done for a mobile set up.

    Key thing is all those sites are optimized for screen size.
  14. -aggie- macrumors P6


    Jun 19, 2009
    Where bunnies are welcome.
    As stated earlier, just get Atomic Web Browser and you won’t have this issue again. Or jailbreak your phone.
  15. Gjwilly macrumors 68030

    May 1, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    With iOS5 the iPhone shows the standard macrumors site and not the mobile.
    Step in the right direction.
  16. pcunite macrumors member

    Nov 26, 2010
    Yeah mobile websites are so '05'ish ... Also make a better website not some silly app of a webpage... Keep the Internet open.
  17. sviato macrumors 68020


    Oct 27, 2010
    HR 9038 A
    hate the macrumors mobile site especially. only shows like 10 forum topics and so few posts per page you need to go through 5-10 pages to read a decent thread

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