Mobile version of road.cc

by jimmythecuckoo   October 29, 2010  

Just wanted to canvass a bit of opinion on whether road.cc'ers use their mobiles to access the site?

I have just been Blackberried and find the site slow to load through mobile internet.

Now, I haven't the first clue about WAP and Android and apps and stuff, but could road.cc go mobile at some stage and make it possible for me to read the news and post on the forum without it being either tiny, or about £1m in data charges?

(sorry Dave, this is more of a question than the previous one about adding polls to the forum!)

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currently just over 7% of the logged visits to road.cc are made from mobile devices, and it is something we're considering quite closely. currently we're trying to work out the best strategy for a mobile site but rest assured, we are looking into it.

i'd be interested to hear anyone's experiences of the current site on their mobile device. let us know what you got, and how well the site performs. for my part i've got an htc desire and the site displays fairly well although it's a bit slow.

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7234 posts]
29th October 2010 - 22:04

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I'm not a mobile phone user but I have 2p to add.

The speed of road.cc can be affected by google-analytics, among other things. Twice the other evening my browser (FF3.6) stopped responding while waiting for the site so Adblock Plus was installed and that domain blocked. Problem solved.

Am presently browsing it with Opera 10, which seems to be loading pages pretty quickly. Mind you, that's probably because I have blocked a number of annoying adverts. Sorry but I wasn't going to buy anything anyway.

In this day of the ubiquity of Flash content I think too many websites are written for those with particularly fast connections; multiple domains are referenced, content dragged in from here and there and these things slow it all down for the end user. I'm not saying treat us like we're on dial-up but page components should be considered for their effect on performance as much as anything.

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posted by Simon E [1888 posts]
29th October 2010 - 22:36

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let's not forget that without the ads there's no site though, eh? Plain Face

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7234 posts]
30th October 2010 - 7:34

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Works fine on my iphone 4 using safari, Opera and my SE 905 and the old mans Nokia n95 8GB.

I think touch screens with a pinch zoom or a big screen like the HTC Desire HD will fine.

The site looks well layed out and easy to scroll over while sites like Bike Radar are all over the place.
Scolling up and down is all that is needed.

While the forum looks simple, on a mobile it is easy to browse and catch up on articles or reviews.

I like my bike but it needs a hidden 25cc motor Smile

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posted by Fish_n_Chips [325 posts]
30th October 2010 - 13:01

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It's not great on my SE995… but tbh I think that's my phone, cos everything else is really slow on that too

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4131 posts]
30th October 2010 - 13:17

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Have to say its fine when I borrow mrs Hatters iphone 4.

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posted by TheHatter [810 posts]
30th October 2010 - 18:43

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@Tony, my pre loaded browser was horrid on my Sony Ericky 905.

Have you tried downloading Opera browser for the Sony?
Works a bit better.

Use your mobile to navigate to m.opera.com

I like my bike but it needs a hidden 25cc motor Smile

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posted by Fish_n_Chips [325 posts]
30th October 2010 - 23:07

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works ok on my htc touch pro 2 (windows mobile) and on my girlfriends htc hero (android - older version). I am sure it will work even better on the htc desire hd (android 2:2), will let you know later this week.

not all carbon is the same.

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posted by Jon Burrage [1080 posts]
31st October 2010 - 11:57

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whats the best browsing solution for a Blackberry? I am just on the O2 Active

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posted by jimmythecuckoo [1206 posts]
31st October 2010 - 12:01

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I have viewed occasionally while working away and it is OK on my Nokia 5880. Bit slow loading though.

I view it through Opera mobile which I was advised was good - I use Opera as my default browser on main pc anyway so used to the format

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posted by Blackhound [435 posts]
31st October 2010 - 19:26

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Thanks F&C I'll give that a go

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4131 posts]
31st October 2010 - 20:06

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I've got a HTC Desire and it works really well.

I use it through the network hub at home and when I'm out and about through WAP and although it is slower on the move delay is not a major issue.

I'm on Vodafone, if that's likely to be an issue.

Did Nightrider 2013 for Parkinson's UK, doing it again this year just for the fun of it and to raise more money.

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posted by jova54 [583 posts]
2nd November 2010 - 15:23

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jimmythecuckoo wrote:
whats the best browsing solution for a Blackberry? I am just on the O2 Active

+1 for wanting to know the answer as my blackberry arrives tomorrow.

posted by Super Domestique [1583 posts]
3rd November 2010 - 12:32

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No joy yet, the site uses a lot of script (I think its called) and memory on the home page so I just can't get it to load.

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posted by jimmythecuckoo [1206 posts]
10th November 2010 - 22:30

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SE X10 with droid 2.1 .... road.cc on my phone is
actually quicker than using the "works" pc !!!!

in fact this was typed from the phone Smile

still on the 3rd switch-back of Bwlch !

posted by therevokid [664 posts]
11th November 2010 - 9:02

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so, the fledgling version of the mobile site is live:

http://m.road.cc

you can get latest news and reviews and check out the forum. If you have a go, let us know what mobile you use and how (whether) it worked...

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7234 posts]
12th November 2010 - 13:53

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Looking good from my HTC Hero / Android 2.1 - main site slowish to load but am guessing that may just be an initial peak

posted by chiefoldmist [61 posts]
12th November 2010 - 14:25

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Works great for me. Using HTC desire on Orange with Android 2.2. Either mobile or wifi page loads quickly.

posted by skippy0791 [2 posts]
12th November 2010 - 14:30

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iPhone 4. The page width is wider than the screen, and smaller when rotated (you expect rotating a mobile site to portrait to still show at device width, so the text is larger). I see you've set an absolute size for the viewport in the meta tag. Should this not be the usual <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0, maximum-scale=1.0, user-scalable=no"/> (like say, m.bbc.co.uk)?

Secondly I was loading this on a 2G network and it did seem a tad slow. The visible portion of the page rendered quickly but the network was still active loading dozens of stories 'below the fold' that I'll never see. Please consider loading fewer and using the common trick of ajax requests to load more on scroll to get that 'infinite scroll' effect.

posted by bazzargh [144 posts]
12th November 2010 - 14:55

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Working great on my Blackberry Torch running OS6 (.337)

posted by scook94 [40 posts]
12th November 2010 - 15:19

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bazzargh wrote:
Please consider loading fewer and using the common trick of ajax requests to load more on scroll to get that 'infinite scroll' effect.

we're certainly considering that, we'll continue to fiddle with the mobile site to try and get the best out of it...

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7234 posts]
12th November 2010 - 15:37

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I've been trying to connect to the mobile site today for the first time and it comes back with url not found.

Is the site up at present?

I'm using HTC Desire on Vodafone.

Did Nightrider 2013 for Parkinson's UK, doing it again this year just for the fun of it and to raise more money.

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posted by jova54 [583 posts]
15th November 2010 - 10:06

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a few teething troubles which we're working on Plain Face

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7234 posts]
15th November 2010 - 10:17

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Cheers Dave, after the weekend I've had I was beginning to believe that all the technology was conspiring against me.

Did Nightrider 2013 for Parkinson's UK, doing it again this year just for the fun of it and to raise more money.

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posted by jova54 [583 posts]
15th November 2010 - 10:46

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Worked well and I liked the layout and speed when viewing on iPhone 3gs on Orange 2g/3g.

As mentioned above, it's gone AWOL now!

I liked the m site colours too by the way!

posted by JohnBuc [57 posts]
15th November 2010 - 14:44

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don't worry, it will return. but when we tried it on the live site it picked up some issues we hadn't noticed in development, so we need to fix them before we lob it back up. we will though.

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7234 posts]
15th November 2010 - 15:07

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Yeah Cool

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4131 posts]
15th November 2010 - 15:23

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Cool, I thought I had broken it Confused

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posted by jimmythecuckoo [1206 posts]
16th November 2010 - 14:50

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When's it coming back?

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posted by jimmythecuckoo [1206 posts]
18th November 2010 - 22:29

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