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07-06-2012 06:24 PM

Topic tags/keywords: website web mobile iphone ipad android technology internet

I guess you can consider this sort of a mini survey. I hope you don’t mind my asking.. I’m working on a project and it would help me a great deal to know how many people are using mobile devices—iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry, etc.. to browse the Internet. Any details would be helpful, as well, like what device you use, how much of your browsing is on the mobile device rather than your desktop, whether you find most websites to work pretty well on mobiles.

As you can probably tell, I’m working on a website and this information will help me to weigh some factors so I can make some decisions about the design. I really appreciate all of your help with this.

Thanks – Ted

-- You can collect dust or you can make dust. I choose to make it.

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#1 posted 07-06-2012 06:27 PM

Android phone & Android tablet

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 07-06-2012 06:37 PM

I personally don’t use them but everyone else in my immediate family does. That would be 5 people. I’m too broke to buy one. I need to much for my shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#3 posted 07-06-2012 06:39 PM

All things Apple in my house. 2 iPads, 3 Macbook Pros, 3 iPhone’s. Most of my browsing I do on my mobile devices, specifically my “New” iPad. I simply love the new retina display. I sometimes have to browse on my Macbook Pro because some websites have not optimized their sites for mobile browsing but that is getting every day since we are being ushered in to the post PC world. I would say if you are designing a website to make sure that it is tablet/mobile friendly since that seems to be the way things are going in the industry.

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#4 posted 07-06-2012 09:38 PM

I’m in the same boat as Charles – helluvawreck says it pretty well, so I’m pretty much driving blind on this one. But with 3 replies so far, 2 of which clearly lean mobile, it appears my concern about the website being mobile friendly is right on target.

-- You can collect dust or you can make dust. I choose to make it.

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#5 posted 07-06-2012 09:40 PM

My iphone gets a workout. I like it because I can look at YOUR projects and not be away from the family while they are watching the television…... Well yeah, I’m actually serious.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#6 posted 07-06-2012 09:42 PM

iphone and laptop.

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#7 posted 07-06-2012 10:10 PM

Design your site to be mobile-friendly only if the content itself is not already set up to be mobile friendly and your audience wants it.

There are surveys that already show the statistics on browser usage (which usually points to device type). Though that’s a rough estimate at times, it’s still better (in my opinion) to the small amount of feedback you’re going to get on here.

That said, I rarely visit this site on a mobile device (that is, a phone not a tablet). I tend to be very verbose and mobile device inputs do not really cater to that style.

Design your site around your content and audience not based solely on where the industry is heading. Doing so is not only a waste of time, but it may cause compromises that may hurt your main site if you build it to reflect a mobile-friendly platform.

-- "Well, at least we can still use it as firewood... maybe." - Doss

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#8 posted 07-06-2012 10:16 PM

My day job is in tech and I have more devices that a person should. I think the iPhone is great but have never been happy browsing with it. The iPad is the smallest form factor for web browsing that I can be happy using. My favorite mobile device is the Macbook Air.

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#9 posted 07-06-2012 10:21 PM

laptop and wifi canon in the shop, smartphone on occassion, little netbook mostly around the house (and now). I’ve got some big permanent rigs and htpc’s around the house but the netbook probably gets the most use. I’m looking at an android tablet to replace it in the next few months.

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#10 posted 07-06-2012 10:29 PM

Ted, I have to agree with Doss. Even though there are a lot of hand held devices out there. I feel there are only a small percentage of people that attempt to do some serious browsing on a cell phone. I myself, will check minor things on my cell during the day such as weather or googleing basic information. Anything else of a larger magnitude seems to be a waste of time on a cell phone. Don’t compromise your web site trying to reflect a mobile-friendly platform…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#11 posted 07-06-2012 10:30 PM

I have android phone and tablet. I get on the web daily on my phone rarley on the tablet. Since most websites aren’t mobile friendly and the screen is just to small I perfer to use my laptop.

-- My theroy in wood working will be. If I'm not enjoying doing it i won't do it.

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#12 posted 07-06-2012 11:23 PM

Keep flash and frames off your site and you should be fine. We’re not designing anything in particular for the, as our youngest daughter calls it…the little toy gimmick world. Frames are pretty much gone and flash is on it’s way out. We’ve not upgraded flash since cs3 and have no intentions of doing so.
I also doubt very seriously the pc will get put down by the mobile devices. They’re just to small and cranky to be serious development tools
I could not imagine using Autocad or the ones of you using Sketchup on a mobile device. It ain’t going to happen in the real world of designers of any industry.
Our two oldest daughters just upgraded their cad monitors to 32 inch and I use two 22 inch and one 27 inch.. The more monitor we have the better we like it.

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#13 posted 07-06-2012 11:31 PM

Iphone. I use it a great deal for surfing.

-- If You Haven't Got the Time to Do It Right, When Will You Find the Time to Do It Over?

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#14 posted 07-06-2012 11:41 PM

I have a “Windows” phone. I regularly check weather, Craigslist, and quick searches for info. I don’t surf on the phone, only look for pertinent info ASAP.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#15 posted 07-07-2012 12:05 AM

This is really valuable input everybody, and I really appreciate it. Based on everything in this thread so far, it looks like my best bet is to go ahead and get the site running and worry about making some parts of it mobile friendly in the near future. Thanks again for all your feedback. :)

-- You can collect dust or you can make dust. I choose to make it.

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