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May 12, 2008

The iPhone Effect

by Matthew

The iPhone effect has on the market place is undeniable. For the first time in the US, mobile carriers have seen subscribers willing to pay, top dollar even, for a mobile device. The iPhone has also affected the internet. S60 and Internet Tablet users alike can benefit from the popularity (real or hyped) and the customization many sites are offering and promoting as an "iPhone site." Google Reader is yet another site to fall under the iPhone spell. nokiAAdict tells us that Google Reader is now available in an iPhone version which works well on the Internet Tablet. I found GReader equally functional on the N95-3. Internet Tablet users have long been frustrated with the usability of GReaders' traditional site on their devices. GReader as great as it might be doesn't load particularly well on the N8X0, although semi-usable if patient enough to let it load. With the likely-hood of an iPhone being purchased in our house being somewhere between hell freezing over and none we can at least benefit from the special attention web developers want to give. My only regret is this attention isn't being given to the third screen in general rather than marketed toward a specific device, i.e. iPhone.

Link http://www.google.com/reader/i/

Link: Google Reader for the iPhone on the N8×0 « nokiAAddict.com.



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Hi Darla, longtime reader, first-time commenter...

One thing I DON'T like about the "iPhone effect" is when mobile sites are optimized specifically for that device -- like TripIt.com, an excellent web 2.0 service that's almost unusable on Opera Mini because of the huge menu bar across the top and the stupidly large font size. Ugh.

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