I’ve been the happy owner of a Nokia E65 slider smartphone since the beginning of this month, and one of the features I’ve begun to use a lot is the built-in wifi. For me, the wifi is necessary because I’m too cheap to shell out for a data plan (I don’t really need 24/7 connectivity, to be honest), and I’ve been using the mobile version of many sites now, to much satisfaction.
While I don’t use Flickr much at all, I recalled Flickr announced a mobile site a while back, so I figured I would try it. Everything worked great, even uploading photos I took with the phone (finally, true “moblogging”!), except for one thing — apparently you can’t delete photos from the mobile site, once you upload them. I had to go into the regular Flickr site to do that, which kind of defeats the purpose.
Facebook’s mobile site is the site I’ve been spending the most time at. You can do everything you need to (well, that I need to) — write on walls, receive and send messages, poke people, etc. I don’t use the applications much, but that’s one part that the mobile site has no access to. I think this is mostly the fault of the applications’ developers, not Facebook, though.
I can’t remember how I found Slashdot’s mobile version (apparently made for Palm devices judging by the URL), but there’s no link to it on the front page, that I could see. It works, though, and you get the latest headlines and the top five comments for each story. I never used to read Slashdot much, but the mobile version has helped me kill many hours.
Google & Co.
Out of all the web companies offering mobile services, I think Google’s the king. When you navigate to the Google homepage, it automatically redirects you to the mobile version, from which you can search the web, and it also has links to other Google services with mobile versions. I’ve been using Google Reader quite a bit, and the Gmail application, but there’s also Blogger, Google News, and a host of other mobile services.