My Jump Into The Windows Mobile Smartphone Space
I had been planning to spend some time with my new cell phone, HTC S620 that I purchased about a month ago, in order to push its borders for the best online user experience. Well, I finally had the time today and it is really good to have something that runs Windows Mobile 6.0.
I have added some new URLs to my Favorites folder and organized them for my small browser. Here is my list of best mobile websites:
- Yahoo Mail Mobile – http://m.yahoo.com/mail
- Gmail Mobile – http://m.gmail.com
(Gmail’s Java applet is significantly slow for me, therefore I prefer to use the regular mobile site.)
- Google Reader – http://www.google.com/reader (It automatically formats itself for the mobile IE.)
- Weather Underground Mobile – http://mobile.wunderground.com
- Wapedia – http://wapedia.mobi (It is the mobile version of Wikipedia.)
- CNN Mobile – http://m.cnn.com
- MSN Mobile – http://m.msn.com
- Amazon Mobile – http://m.amazon.com
- Engadget Mobile – http://m.engadget.com
- Flight Stats – http://mobile.flightstats.com (It is an actual time saver when traveling.)
I guess “.mobi” extension was created for the mobile world, but almost every mobile site that I have faced with continue to use the “.com” extension with the transition of “www” to “m” or “mobile” which saved the site owners some amount of domain registration fees.
I also spent couple of hours to write a simple ASP.NET application to be consumed by the mobile browser in order to explore the capacity. The application returns the area code information (city, state, etc.) if you provide a correct format of 3-digit area code. I will try to post more about it and my experiences.