Sunday, April 24, 2011

Mobile Web Sites

I note that many web sites serve up special 'mobile pages' to the PlayBook browser. Someone needs to tell their authors that this type of specialized rendering is totally unnecessary. The PlayBook shows web content properly. Geeks understand that there's no need to present the neutered content required for many other tablets.


  1. Neutered content or not, many sites need to stop categorizing tablet devices as "phones" and presenting their mobile content sites. Tablets have a better, full-screen browsing experience that should be exploited not crippled with phone-optimized content.

  2. Of course that is what is really happening. These sites think the PlayBook is a phone.

    A better criteria is: what is the display width and height?

    Smaller screens often need bigger controls since 'fingers' remain constant in size.

  3. If you are interested in what a web site sees about your browser, go to

    Safari on MacBook:

    Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; Intel Mac OS X 10_6_7; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.21.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.5 Safari/533.21.1

  4. Safari on iPhone 4

    Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_3_2 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8H7 Safari/6533.18.5

  5. PlayBook Browser

    Mozilla/5.0 (PlayBook; U; RIM Tablet OS 1.0.0; en-US) AppleWebKit/534.8+ (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/0.0.1 Safari/534.8+