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iPhone, Europe: Do you know that you can have a taste of it, now?

July. 9th, 2007 10:30 by stephane@deluca.bizPermalink | TrackBack: http://boursomac.com/trackback/649 — exists for 12 years & 5 months ago — — Sorry, this content is not available in english.

Are you asking yourself how iPhone Web browsing looks like? And how your way of life may change with it? Well, let me tell you that you can actually have a close user experience now.

It's been a while I am using an Apple WebKit, safari-like browser to read and browse the internet from the subway here in Paris. I've got a Nokia E61 which I use to read BoursoMac.com -- of course -- and others Web sites -- any Web site actually.
Browsing with my phone is as comfortable as doing it from my Mac. Only a bit slower as I have a 3G network. REndering is perfect, I notice no differences from Safari on my Mac, except that there is no flash player -- same situation than current iPhone.

I really enjoy this; so that I even contribute form my mobile, composing the article with the full keyboard, using my two thumbs.

So how does iPhone compare in Web browsing area?

The minuses:

  • Well it's hard to find minuses; The only thing I see is that if iPhone does not support UMTS nor HSDPA -- which are respectively widely available, and becoming available in great cities such as Paris, Lyon, etc. -- browsing from the radio won't be as fast as I currently have.

The same:
* Wifi access: both phones have Wifi access.
* WebKit renderer: Safari is present in the iPhone. On the Nokia E61 we've got the AppleWebKit, which makes the two phone very close, giving access to AJAX, Javascript, etC. everything to support Web2.0 applications.
* Web page selection/tabbing: Nokia E61 has something very similar to Cover flow: this is used to choose from your Web history when you press back button.

The pluses:

  • The multi-touch of course: typing in text is rather slow, even with a "full size" keyboard. Watching the video from Apple, focusing on the keyboard, shows how fast we can do this on the iPhone.
  • The larger screen: The Nokia E61 as a beautiful bright wide screen (resolution of 320×240), while the iPhone has the gorgeous 320 × 480 pixels rotating screen. Simply twice the number of pixels!
  • Office document viewer. Nothing available on the Nokia.
  • Automatic section centering when you tap on a zone of the Web page. On the Nokia you get a mouse pointer that you can move with the joystick -- which is cool actually.

We could continue to give more details on the pluses of the iPhone, but at the end of the day, you find the Nokia very close to the experience you'll get with your iPhone on the Web.



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