This is an iPhone. It is one of many handheld devices capable of surfing the internet. But it's processor speed and ram is much less than a typical desktop or laptop computer. For this reason and because of the smaller screen size, devices like iPhones, Pocket PC's, smartphones and PDA's have special needs when it comes to browsing websites.
Just like your old computer, they are snails. But they are a new breed of snails, on the cutting edge of technology.
This is great news for you if you own an old slow computer, because there are a ton of websites designed especially with these new snails in mind. And if you are having problems with the increasing demands of typical websites loaded with flash, scripting, large images, etc., then why not give the mobile sites a try?
Most of them will work on a desktop computer, and they not only work great on old slow computers and ones running at lower resolutions, they also work great for newer computers on slow dialup connections.
Do you have a Yahoo webmail account? Are you not too happy with the newest fancy version of their webmail? Does even the older interface leave a bit to be desired when it comes to speed of loading on a slow dialup connection? Try the mobile version of Yahoo Mail. There is no fancy scripting or graphics and it has only a few text based ads. It is the simplest version of their webmail that I have ever seen.
Do you use Hotmail instead of Yahoo? Don't worry, there is a mobile version of MSN that has Hotmail.
How about a version of GMail that is even lighter than their basic HTML version? Try this one.
Do you wish that there was a site with tiny lightweight flash games that wouldn't kill your pc? Then try the mobile games at Gamoku.
You can even shop at Amazon!
You are now ready to give that other hidden internet of sites that are snail friendly a try, but except for the few sites that I have given you, where and how does one find them?
One of the first things you can try is looking on the sites you already like but are struggling with and see if there is a link to a mobile version on it. This was how I found the lighter version of Digg.
Another thing you can do is check directories of sites that are specifically designed for handheld devices.
Important Note: Not all mobile sites can be accessed with a desktop computer. Some web developers have gone out of their way to restrict their mobile sites to handheld devices only, and the links may not work, or even worse, they may lead you to the regular version of their sites. Keep this in mind as you are browsing.
Here are some directories you can try:
- Pocket Optimized
- PDA Forum's PDAPortal
- PR Blogger's big list of mobile news sites
- Pocket PC Links
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