Web rendering differences on mobile devices

Patrick showing me the Family Guy on his iPhone

Tonight Dave Winer linked to Nik Cubrilovic’s blog where he was talking about Twitter vs. Pownce. More on that in a second. I was reading on my Nokia N95. When I got there the page was completely black. Or at least the content area was. So, I called over Patrick and said “give me your iPhone.” I think I might even have said “please.” But that’s unimportant here.

He handed it over and I quickly tapped in Nik’s URL and visited his Web page. Looked great on the iPhone. Even the fonts looked better.

See, this is why I say the iPhone is better than the Nokia for MOST PEOPLE.

Later I saw Eric Rice talking about his own Nokia vs. iPhone debate. See, I have a feeling that Eric would actually LOVE a Nokia N95 over an iPhone. Why? Cause Eric is a geek. Geekier than me, even. And he’s also a content developer. A much better one than I am. Yeah, he uses different tools than I do to create content (I’ve mostly seen his work in Second Life) but he stands out of a crowd. Most people don’t create content. Most people don’t really care whether their phone has a GPS or a video camera. Most people DO want their Web pages to render decently, though.

Even on the camera front I had to reboot my Nokia several times today. See, my camera runs out of memory after opening and closing too many apps. So my camera refuses to load on the Nokia. I have yet to see that behavior on the iPhone.

Campbell's water tower during dinner

Eric has it right in his post above. It’s not how many features you have. It’s how many of those features thrill you. My Nokia rarely thrills. Look at the picture above. That’s Family Guy playing. Patrick downloaded it from YouTube. It is an experience that thrills. Thrills in a way that my small screen on my Nokia rarely does.

I take it back. There is one time my Nokia thrills. When I get home and look at my photos. They remind me I had a good day and they are almost as good a quality as my Nikon pocket camera. Yet I have it with me.

And that’s why Eric Rice might really love the Nokia N95 but most everyone else would hate it.

Oh, one other thing. My battery died. Sigh. So unthrilling.

52 thoughts on “Web rendering differences on mobile devices

  1. “By the way, additional battery is only 30 grams and you can carry two without any problems. But if the iPhone runs out then one can’t afford to carry two phones can they :)

    Comment by Aditya Moorthy”

    No one is probably reading this page anymore (I got linked here from an article on Digg), but just in case I thought I’d point something out that is NEVER mentioned in relation to the iPhone’s ‘non-removable’ battery – the iPod Dock connector.

    This jillion-pin connector already has a jillion products out for it including an endless number of (iPhone compatible) battery-life extenders and chargers that one could just as easily keep with them if going out for longer than the the iPhone’s (considerable) charge-life. There’s probably even one that’s 30 grams ;)

    Just thought people should know that there are many cheap iPod-connector battery packs already available that might affect their perception of this ‘problem’.

  2. “By the way, additional battery is only 30 grams and you can carry two without any problems. But if the iPhone runs out then one can’t afford to carry two phones can they :)

    Comment by Aditya Moorthy”

    No one is probably reading this page anymore (I got linked here from an article on Digg), but just in case I thought I’d point something out that is NEVER mentioned in relation to the iPhone’s ‘non-removable’ battery – the iPod Dock connector.

    This jillion-pin connector already has a jillion products out for it including an endless number of (iPhone compatible) battery-life extenders and chargers that one could just as easily keep with them if going out for longer than the the iPhone’s (considerable) charge-life. There’s probably even one that’s 30 grams ;)

    Just thought people should know that there are many cheap iPod-connector battery packs already available that might affect their perception of this ‘problem’.

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