What’s Better for Browsing? Palm OS or Windows Mobile PDAs

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When one buys a PDA with wireless capabilities or Cell phone, they expect it to be able to go on the Internet to visit regular, full sized websites. This is when time for a reality check comes. I tried opening AOL’s homepage on my Palm OS Device, and it simply froze the PDA. I did the same test on my Windows Mobile Device and the page opened successfully, several objects were missing, but at least the site was useable. My next test was on a simpler site, Google. The Palm OS Handheld automatically opened a PDA Version of the website, which for the most part was satisfactory. I had the option to open the full Google, but it was not really necessary. I opened Google on the Windows Mobile Device, and it also opened the PDA Version. During my use on the Pocket PC, I found it more intriguing to use the full version of Google in landscape mode. The version available for Cell phones is very disabled, but is somewhat useful. Google has recently offered a service using SMS to obtain information. Using a VGA Pocket PC & WiFi, I found standard Google easy enough to operate that I don’t feel the need to run the Mobile Version of the site.

 

Screenshots of Google Mobile. 

 

Palm OS


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Google Mobile is really designed for the 320 X 320 screens of old Palm Days. I took this Screenshot using the Blazer Web Browser.

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This proves to be pretty much useless as Blazer doesn’t leverage full screen mode. I am aware of other web browsers for the T5 and other 320 X 480 devices, but as most people who use the Palm OS use the Blazer Web Browser therefore the screenshots are of it.

 

Pocket PC 

 

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Mobile Google doesn’t have much of a purpose on a VGA PPC. All it can really do is search websites, no images or other Google features

 

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This is nice, a full version of Google on a limited resource device. This is what we expect out of our handhelds. As you can see, all Google options are available.

 

Recently Google released a new version of their mobile site which now supports images at http://www.google.com/xhtml

 

Screenshots in Palm OS

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The New Google XHTML Website

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Sample Search Query 

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Pocket PC
Sample Search Results

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Really the same results as the Palm OS device except for the fact that the Pocket PC I was using has a VGA screen, therefore a lot more fits on the screen.


Just a sample search query 

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Again results from the search.

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How to Access Google on Mobile Devices


My next test was on a more complex site, Bargain PDA. Opening it in Blazer on Palm OS was okay, but nowhere near as good as the Pocket PC. I then tried it on the PDA forums, and again, the PPC was better than the palm. It was nice to have the mobile version of Bargain PDA, but some areas, like the Forums were not available.


Palm OS


This looks horrible, and as far as I’m concerned is impractical for any use. This is the regular site just to point out, not the mobile version.

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The mobile version of Bargain PDA is nicely fitted for Palm use.

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The Top of the Bargain PDA forums on a Palm OS Device

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Showing some of the middle of the Bargain PDA forum

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Pocket PC


Regular Bargain PDA looks quite good on the Pocket PC.

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The Mobile Version of the site is easy to use and very user friendly.

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The Bargain PDA Forums look good on the Pocket PC, and are just as easy to use as on my desktop.

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Next, we’ll be taking a look at the XE Currency converter. The regular version can be opened on Pocket PC’s fairly well, and on Palms somewhat well. The mobile version is horrible for anything but use on Cell phones, but nevertheless here is the link. http://www.xe.com/wap As I said it was really quite horrible, so there is no sense of taking screenshots of it.

 

I recently discovered a site called pdaPortal.com. It seems excellent and is worth a look. Visiting the site on my Pocket PC and Palm Device was a breeze and you basically search for what you want, and you tap a link to a mobile site. Some of the best ones that I found were Mail2PDA (for those who know what Mail2Web is, you’re right at home.

 

Screenshots – Palm OS

 

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This is a very Palm and for that matter Pocket PC User Friendly way of getting e-mail. Simply enter e-mail address and password and logon.

  

Pocket PC


This is a nice and easy to use interface on a Pocket PC.

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Once Logged on the system makes getting to your messages easy.

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 Mail is easy enough to read once you open it. Replying is simple, and so is writing new mail

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Check out http://www.pdaportal.com for other websites for your PDA. I’ve covered just a few. Now, what you might be thinking is which OS is better for browsing the web? I’ve determined that the Windows Mobile system is better for browsing websites, as it offers better support for full sized websites. I reccommend a VGA device as it offers the most space for browsing a website. If there are any question please post them and I’ll try to answer them right away.

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