WOF: Do you browse the web with your phone?

By on October 1, 2010, 8:39 PM
[Weekend Open Forum] In the past few years we've seen a number of smartphones and mobile operating systems burst onto the scene and drive mobile Internet usage through the roof. It's difficult to get reliable statistics, as numbers tend to vary significantly depending on whom you ask, but some estimates even claim the number of mobile Internet users will be higher than that of users browsing the web via a desktop computer by the year 2014.

Today the majority of mobile Internet consumption comes from users of iOS, Android or BlackBerry devices splitting their time between emails, browsing, and social networks. The benefits of mobile browsing are pretty obvious: you can access information anywhere at any time. But there are also a few shortcomings like carriers' expensive data plans and their all-too-common usage caps. Plus, you can't beat the comfort of surfing the web at home on a larger screen.

Today we want to know about your mobile browsing habits. Do you use your phone to get online? How often? We've attached a simple poll after the break, but if you are a regular mobile Internet user we'd love to hear what type of activity you are using it for and what your most-frequented destinations are. Discuss.





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TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Nope. I have the most basic of pre-paid phones. I spend enough time sitting on computers and looking at the net without doing it from a phone too.

mrtraver said:

Sometimes i'll check the weather or facebook, or go to m.newegg.com to compare prices to something in walmart or best buy, and occasioanlly read a news story, but i don't use it a lot for any of those. I don't have a smart phone, though, so the browsing experience is less than ideal even for a phone.

Guest said:

I dont have a cell phone, im broke.

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

If I'm not around the computer, I use the phone.

Tekkaraiden Tekkaraiden said:

No I'm far too cheap to pay to access the web on my cell phone.

spikester48661 spikester48661 said:

my pc is for the web not my cell phone

Cueto_99 said:

They block internet access at my office, where I spend most of my day, we only have access during lunch time... so, I had to get an iphone to continue reading techspot news!!

HaMsTeYr HaMsTeYr said:

Yep, I browse using my Sony Ericsson W705 Most of the time using Wi-Fi instead. Thats what MCDonalds is for lol

Ritwik7 Ritwik7, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

I occasionally browse Facebook, Gmail or Techspot on my HTC Wildfire when I don't have access to my PC.

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Jesse Jesse said:

I use my iphone whenever I need to look at something at blocked site while I'm at work.

Midgetmax Midgetmax said:

All the time! I'm posting this from my moto droid1.

Tanstar said:

I never browse the web from my phone (though I do sometimes txt Google) so I hate that I have to pay an extra $10-$30 a month to get a great phone! I could enjoy a Moto Droid X just fine without internet access (or just using the net when connected via WiFi. I could watch TV shows transfered from my computer, listen to the radio, and play games; never needing that net connection I'd still have to pay $30 a month for :P

Lokalaskurar Lokalaskurar said:

Browsing the web with my PC is nearly free. Browsing the web with cell phones around here costs a fortune! I'd rather use a portable notebook using a wireless modem than paying loads of cash only to realize that most pages takes forever to load, thus costs thereafter.

treeski treeski said:

I currently don't have a phone/data plan for even basic web browsing, so the answer is no. I do however plan on having a phone/data plan for web browsing by the end of the year.

Guest said:

I have a good plan with softbank in Japan. About 5000 yen a month for all the data you can download so I use the net on my iphone a lot especially at work where I don't have free internet access. Mostly for uni study, Oz and tech news or weather. I am using Mini Opera. Its better than safari but has some glitches. When my contract runs out in 8 months I will change to an Android phone asap. I couldn't get an Android 1.5 years ago in Japan so had to settle for an iphone. Good experience to know not to get apple anything again. Too restricting.

Guest said:

Sometimes in my Samsung i8910HD = opera browser (no flash sigh)

no 4G in Israel no set dates

yukka, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Yes I do all the time really. I have an iPhone and we have wireless everywhere on campus so I use it quite a bit. Also in bed sometimes when I can't be arsed to turn on the PC. Some things bug me about it though - mainly to do with the crappy on screen keyboard. Too many sites do not remember login details in mobile safari so that stops me posting on forums using it unless I REALLY want to enter my username and password again again.

I do not use it on 3G or GPRS tho. Only wireless is fast enough to make it bearable.

twojpodlysyn twojpodlysyn said:

i use about once a day Opera on my nokia E71

seefizzle said:

I do sometimes. But never for any sort of extended browsing/reading session. It's usually to find one specific piece of information I'm looking for. The internet on my phone isn't fast enough, the screen isn't big enough, and it tends to be just wonky. This is unacceptable.

To google who says that cell phones will take over computers in 5 years... not until you can fold out a full size keyboard, mouse, and monitor from them all transformers style.

gobbybobby said:

I use my Touch 2 windows phone to browse the web all the time. Both in my house over wifi and out and about using mobile internet. Navigate to this website sometimes via mopbile web as well, along with checking email, news and watching youtube videos. Yesterday I followed by ttrip to London using google maps and the phones inbuilt sat-nav. (kinda classes as Mobile web use right!)

Some say Win mob sucks, i have no beef with it, does what I want it to. battery life on the touch 2 a bit crap when using Net and Sat nav tho.

Guest said:

Killing time in school has never been easier!

gobbybobby said:

@ Guest, Yea I do that at college now they blocked FB and Twitter.

LNCPapa LNCPapa said:

I do often - especially if it's late and I forget to do something on one of my machines, I'll remote control a machine from my phone and do it from bed.

pretzelwagon said:

If I'm not near my computer(s), I'll get on my phone. Especially useful for price-matching in stores.

Guest said:

I actually use my HTC Incredible quite a bit online. The 1Ghz processor is VERY fast, and being online anywhere anytime is sweet. The pages load very fast, and are easily read when sized. I used to use a Tracfone, but am utterly won over by the Incredible. Sure it's $30 for unlimited data, but it's amazing what this "phone" can do!

grvalderrama said:

I wonder if my Ericsson Z500a even has a browser! lol xD

Sainfate said:

I can on my phone, but i dont

Guest said:

I can't live without using my phone for internet. I'm constantly checking things out, without 3G i'd go crazy. No 4G up here yet, but ill surely make the switch when its in Canada.

Kibaruk Kibaruk, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I hate browsing from my phone so try not to, not even check facebook although a lot of people have become slaved to it. Mainly I use it to read mails.

abe10tiger abe10tiger, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I sometimes use the phone... But i use the pc mostly!

ET3D, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Only if I really have to. Browsing on a phone with a 320x320 display and a slow CPU isn't that much fun.

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seefizzle said:

gobbybobby said:

I use my Touch 2 windows phone to browse the web all the time. Both in my house over wifi and out and about using mobile internet. Navigate to this website sometimes via mopbile web as well, along with checking email, news and watching youtube videos. Yesterday I followed by ttrip to London using google maps and the phones inbuilt sat-nav. (kinda classes as Mobile web use right!)

Some say Win mob sucks, i have no beef with it, does what I want it to. battery life on the touch 2 a bit crap when using Net and Sat nav tho.

Are you talking about the touch pro 2 from HTC? This is the phone I have. I have so many problems with it I couldn't even begin to point them all out. The phone is a hunk of crap. It does what it needs to do, only in the dumbest ways possible.

Flannelwarrior said:

Almost 100% of the web browsing I do is from my phone.

I have a Motorola Droid 1 rooted running Cyanogenmod 6.0

Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Nope. I have plenty of time for the internet at home and at work. I have the ability to use it if needed, but that need hasn't arisen yet, and I highly doubt it will.

Flannelwarrior said:

Almost 100% of the web browsing I do is from my phone.

I have a Motorola Droid 1 rooted running Cyanogenmod 6.0

tonylukac said:

I still don't see the lure of a $100 a month cellphone when such great prepaid options are available. This is a recession, people Think of it; surfing the web WHILE DRIVING on a 3 inch screen. And now I'm told no cell phone works with IPv6, the next generation of ip addresses, the current of which (IPv4) we will run out of in less than 2 years.

Guest said:

I use the web from my phone at least 4 or 5 times a day, Mostly to look up info, when a question pops into my head. Unbeatable for that. Or looking up stores and what name you. Hell sometimes i hook up my laptop and use my HTC as a Router. and yet i never even get close to my 500mb limit. I can only imagine i'll use it more rather than less in the future.

TorturedChaos, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Nope. Never do. Mostly calls, with a bit of texting on my Razr. It has a web browser, but I never felt the need to pay for internet service on it from my cell phone provider.

Arris Arris said:

Browse a bit on my HTC Touch HD with Opera Mobile browser, mostly just on longer public transport journeys. Checking mail, bit of youtube, checking imdb or gracenote for film/music details etc. etc. But most of the time prefer to use a PC as most of the time I'm at work with a PC in front of me or at home

isamuelson isamuelson said:

I only use it when I don't have access to a computer and it's less than ideal since it's NOT an HTML browser. Hope to upgrade to a droid soon to hopefully make the browsing better.

unrealmp3 unrealmp3 said:

From time to time, but mostly on mobile-optimized websites.

Guest said:

I couldn't have said it any better. I've contemplated upgrading to a high end smartphone with android but I just don't enjoy the browsing experience enough to fork over the cash for the hardware or monthly charges.

I'll stick with my E72 which I can browse over wifi if necessary and perhaps look at a tablet computer until the transformer phone comes. ;)

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