iPhone tops mobile browsing charts
Interface driving usage?
Figures from Net Applications showing that since it was launched the iPhone has topped the charts amongst mobile browsers, with Symbian S60 trailing far behind.
Desktop operating systems, unsurprisingly, occupy the top positions in the chart of web usage, but the iPhone still manages a respectable 0.09 per cent of all browsing, just beating Windows Mobile at 0.06 per cent while S60 can only manage 0.01 per cent: less than the ageing Windows '95 which managed twice that figure.
Apple has made much of the iPhone's internet capabilities, trotting out the oft-repeated claim of offering the whole internet, this time thanks to finger-driven scrolling and a two-fingered zoom function.
Browsing on the iPhone is, basically, better than browsing on devices with a smaller screen, but not as good as those with a larger one.
More likely the figures are driven by Apple's marketing, which has been telling everyone how great browsing on the iPhone is, and the fact that those buying an iPhone are the kind of people likely to try using the internet on the move.
It will be interesting to see if those figures are maintained as the novelty wears off, or if Apple's marketing will drive people to want to use the internet on the move, and demand suitable tariffs from their network operators. ®
iPhone IS better for browsing
I got my Orange M600 with the intention of using it for internet browsing, but soon found it to be a pain. It tries to resize pages to fit its tiny screen, even viewing in landscape is horrible. I've tried the iPhone and iPod Touch, and the difference is amazing. If the iPhone was available in the UK unlocked and open to third party apps, I'd buy it in a heartbeat.
As it is, I'm waiting to see how the 'openness' coming in January affects the iPod Touch; if it's truly open (rather than requiring developers to pay some type of fee for the privilege), then I'll probably go for it. Who cares about mobile access when wireless is all around?
I have an N95 and find it is fine to use for web browsing and has one of the best browsers out there... now i aint used an iphone as I really dont want a phone with a nice interface but is technically quite an old phone.
Dont get me wrong i really like the look of the interface is the ads i have seen, but there is no way its worth £300 then another £35-£40 a month or whatever..
Most nokia N series phones are a lot better than the iphone and a lot of other nokia phones are as well.
@ Matt Brigden
to quote a popular musical, "The internet is for P0RN!"