ipad is not full internet?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by mrdinh, Apr 26, 2010.

  1. mrdinh macrumors regular

    Sep 7, 2007
    when i got on ie. ovguide.com..i get the mobile version and not the full internet version...can this be changed?

  2. ct2k7 macrumors 603


    Aug 29, 2008
    London or Florida
    Check the webpage or site preferences (if it has one).

    In total, the answer is no.
  3. Hankster macrumors 68020


    Jan 30, 2008
    Washington DC
    No. The iPad does not come with a full functioning browser. There are many sites that force you to view their mobile site because their real site will not display correctly on an iPad.
  4. r0k macrumors 68040


    Mar 3, 2008
    You can look around their site for a switch to go back to the desktop version. You can download a third party browser from the app store that lies about it's user agent. They are all based on safari but some of them will say they are desktop safari, ie or firefox so you get the full site regardless of whether it has been optimized for iPad. You see, the iPad browser says it's an iPhone so web sites tend to switch to a narrow iPhone view.

    For example, I was using google reader but got sick of the mobile view so I stumbled across a setting that let me force it to desktop view.
  5. HiRez macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2004
    Western US
    Yes, I've run across several sites that defaulted to the mobile version on the iPad, but were switchable to the full version with a link on the page. Yahoo is one example. In some cases it may be because the iPad can't support a Flash object, but in many cases it's just seeing Mobile Safari and iPhone OS and assuming it's running on a small-screened phone.
  6. ClaireL macrumors 6502a


    Apr 4, 2010
    New Jersey
    You can easily also switch to the full version of YouTube in Safari by tapping on Desktop at the bottom of the main page.
  7. gwynne macrumors 68000


    Mar 11, 2010
    Did anyone ever find any workaround or browser that allows editing of google documents.
  8. psingh01 macrumors 65816

    Apr 19, 2004
    I really wish they would let you change the useragent string like they do on the desktop safari. Then you wouldn't be forced to use the crappy mobile sites.
  9. rablat macrumors 6502a


    Oct 8, 2007
    Classified NSA intel
    atomic browser.
    you can set how it appears
    Safari desktop
    Internet explorer
    firefox etc etc...
  10. flyguy206 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 5, 2008
    Yes but some site are lazy and don't let you pic what u want. I hate that but most site I go to show up as full site
  11. diabolic macrumors 68000

    Jun 13, 2007
    Austin, Texas
    If you can't find a link to use the full site, send an email asking about iPad compatibility and letting you see the full site. I've been trying to do that when I can. The more iPad traffic they see, the more likely they'll be to make an effort for compatibility.
  12. SPeditor macrumors regular

    Jun 12, 2008
    This is weird. I went to the Apple store this past weekend and asked if I would get a mobile or desktop version of websites using the iPad. He told me I would get the dekstop version. That the iPad is programmed to use the desktop version unlike the iPhone. Hmmmm....
  13. HiRez macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2004
    Western US
    It'll give you whatever site's URL you type in, and then possibly modified by the site's server based on what your browser says it is. The iPad's Safari browser could present itself as the desktop OS X Safari, but I don't believe it does, and it shouldn't as that would cause problems (for one thing, it might indicate you have Flash available, as well as layout issues). So I don't think that Apple "genius" really understood it. What he probably meant was that the iPad is capable of viewing most sites' full versions.
  14. bluespark macrumors 68000

    Jul 11, 2009
    New York
    My understanding is that iPad Safari presents itself both as Safari on the iPhone OS and as Safari running on the iPad. Thus, if a website simply defaults to a mobile version when it sees the iPhone OS, it will continue to do so on the iPad. However, if the website is programmed to distinguish iPad traffic, it can serve a desktop page (or even an iPad-specific design) to the iPad. So the Apple representative was correct, assuming the specific site knows to distinguish iPad traffic from iPhone traffic. My guess is that a bit of time will cure this issue.
  15. blackNBUK macrumors 6502a

    Feb 19, 2010
    This isn't exactly right; the iPad's user agent string does not mention the iPhone so sites that specifically look for that should default to their full version. However the user agent does mention "Mobile" so sites that look for that will take you to their mobile version. It really depends on how the web site is coded.

    As you suggest, this situation should change quickly as web sites are updated to detect the iPad. Plus there is the option of using the Atomic Browser to change the user agent string if the web site doesn't provide any other choice.
  16. Love Juice macrumors regular

    Jun 2, 2008
    +1, works great
  17. Zazoh macrumors 6502a


    Jan 4, 2009
    San Antonio, Texas
    Good, I've been doing the same. This also means for many site managers, they've never seen an iPad.

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