The past days were tough and busy but finally the 1st Beta of the::unwired mobile is up and running and includes both - the front page, the articles as well as the forum for comments and general discussions.
For me, a mobile version of the::unwired is essential since I can not talk about mobility and wireless but not offering a mobile/wireless version of the site. This time, I've tried to bring the same look and feel and experience to the mobile device - a real optimized mobile version instead of a stripped down desktop version and it looks we archived it! :-)
Unlike before with PPCW.Net, the mobile version of the::unwired is using a single URL now; so no more /mobile.php or /mobile/index.php, etc but just theunwired.net and the site does the rest for you (why should you remember the right path if my site can do it for you?) since everything is style sheet based now! So depending on the device (as long as it's not tweaked) you get either the desktop version or the mobile version - with the same URL like theunwired.net/?itemid=1234 or theunwired.net/forum/. This is great for RSS readers also because you just need one RSS URL and can use it on both, your desktop or mobile device and you don't need two different RSS URLs to get the full article displayed correct (as other sites requests). And in my humble opinion the result is just looking great on Pocket PCs and Smartphones:
windows Mobile Pocket PC 2003SE
Windows Mobile Smartphone 2003SE
Windows Mobile Smartphone 5.0
And the best, the automatic device recognition also works with many non-Windows Mobile devices. For instance I've tried it with my Nokia 7600 and a Nokia Series 60 devices and it worked perfect, even if the look and feel isn't 100 % optimized for these devices you can easily access the::unwired anytime from your mobile phone also to stay up to date! :-)
Nevertheless, since it is a (public) Beta it's not finalized yet nor as perfect as I want to get it and I would like to ask for your support since I do the mobile version mostly for you - my valuable readers! ;-) If you don't mind you can be a Beta tester for the::unwired mobile and check it out over the weekend from your mobile device and post your experiences into the comments below. I will try hard to implement your feedback to make the::unwired an even better experience on your mobile device!
Last but not least I would like to ask you for screenshots of the different devices and browsers you've tested. If you have a Palm, Symbian, Series60, 80 or 90 device and you can dump a screenshot I would appreciate it since I'm interested in knowing how the site looks on these devices.
I hope you enjoy the::unwired mobile as much as I do.
Cheers ~ Arne