The iPad safari - Pain in the but!

Discussion in 'iPad' started by iWoz, Apr 22, 2011.

  1. iWoz macrumors 6502a


    Jan 12, 2009
    East Midlands, U.K
    The only thing that grinds my gears with safari on the iPad is that certain websites redirect you to a mobile version of there site and sometimes there's no option to change to a non-mobile view.

    Anyone else experience a similar problem? Or have a workaround?


    Are just a few that comes to mind
  2. BergerFan macrumors 68020


    Mar 6, 2008
    Mos Eisley
    I can access the full Twitter site in Safari, no problem.
  3. petvas macrumors 601


    Jul 20, 2006
    Mannheim, Germany
    I would suggest that you try one of the alternative browsers out there: iCab, Atomic, Mercury etc. They all allow you to change the user agent of the browser.
  4. EssentialParado macrumors 65816

    Feb 17, 2005
    I've noticed this on Kotaku and a few other sites. I use iCab and I can change the user agent, but it's irritating as anything. Hopefully won't be long before staff at these sites get equally annoyed when they use their own iPads.
  5. petvas macrumors 601


    Jul 20, 2006
    Mannheim, Germany
    The biggest issue here is the features that Mobile Safari lacks, compared to a modern desktop browser. I am sure that when Apple brings more desktop power to the iPad, that we will see more and more of these sites support the iPad better.
  6. treyjustice macrumors 65816


    Jun 14, 2009
    atomic is a great browser. it is a little slower but it has many more features and you can tell it to act like IE 8 or safari
  7. Joey47 macrumors newbie

    Apr 13, 2011
    If safari had tabs then it would be the better browser...
  8. c14nhl macrumors 6502


    Oct 30, 2008
    My main issues with Safari for iPad are the reloading when switching between pages and also the lack of chat on Facebook.

    I think I understand the refreshing, but can anyone explain how chat isn't available?
  9. eyespii macrumors 6502

    Mar 8, 2008
    I can't stand the refreshing on safari, nor the lack of real tabs. What was jobs on when he said that the iPad was a better browsing experience than a laptop?

    I'm between atomic and mercury right now. Mercury has a nicer more integrated ui compared to atomic, but I seem to run into more low memory warnings with mercury.
  10. number84 macrumors 6502

    Mar 30, 2011
    I've been using atomic now for a day and love it. Will never switch back to safari. For 99 cents totally worth it!
  11. Crosbie macrumors 6502a


    May 26, 2010
    Brighton, UK
    Kotaku is the most annoying. Direct links redirect to the front page of the ***** phone version of the site. You think a tech and gaming site like tha would wise up quicker than most....
  12. Ashka macrumors 6502a


    Aug 9, 2008
    New Zealand
    My main work around is a friendly email to the site owners asking them to please fix it. Many forum type sites have difficulty differentiating between iPhones & iPads. .. So far 100% success. :apple:
  13. Don Kosak macrumors 6502a

    Don Kosak

    Mar 12, 2010
    Hilo, Hawaii
    iCab does a good job if you set the user-agent to regular Safari.

    I do use Safari for most general browsing, but iCab is my favorite alternate.
  14. smiddlehurst macrumors 65816

    Jun 5, 2007
    That's largely because the recent Gawker redesign (which I can only assume was done by a room of crack-adicted monkeys having a bad day) utterly breaks under pretty much every mobile browser. They knew this before pushing the changes across all their sites as they'd trialed it on... I think it was io9 but one site anyway. They got a ton of complaints that it didn't work and rolled it out anyway. They then got a whole lot more complaints and their solution was to simply put a redirect in to get the iPad using the mobile site. However THAT doesn't work either as all their links on the mobile site break horribly.

    If it's any consolation at least you don't have to look at the mess they made of the full version. Honestly, I've actually resorted to using the mobile version of the site (or the uk one as that hasn't received the new template yet) any time there's something I really want to see. Mostly I just stopped going.

    As for the iPad safari issue... technically it's not the browser that's the problem, it's badly written sites that treat the iPad browser as a mobile one. Expect to see the same sort of problem crop up on Android and webOS tablets as we go forward.

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