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Windows Mobile 5

Robert Lauriston Oct 3, 2006 07:50 PM

I've had problems browsing Chowhound with Windows Mobile 5 (built-in IE browser) from day one, but the collapsible outline has made it a lot worse, since the expand icons and Expand All buttons are among the many that don't work. Clicking does nothing, no action, no error.

The "advanced" search link is also dead.

The Post New Topic and Post My Reply buttons don't appear at all.

Chowhound's really a natural for mobile devices, shame it's not more usable.

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  1. Robert Lauriston RE: Robert Lauriston Jan 25, 2007 11:39 AM

    WM5 support has some steps forward and some back with the makeover.

    - the Boards down arrow that's supposed to bring up the board menu doesn't work (workaround: search, or email the URL for any board I want to access to myself and copy it into the browser)

    - I can now reply using the Post a Reply dialog, though after I post I end up on a blank page

    - the Reply link for individual posts is dead

    - search is now way up in the upper right corner, works but it's even more a pain to get to

    - search works if I start it by pressing Enter, fails if I click the Search button

    - in general, information is shifted farther to the right

    - loading times are significantly slower (due to more and bigger images?)

    Would be a lot easier to read if topics would wrap to the screen (not a new problem, though).

    The m.chow.com mobile UI for CHOW recipes works fine, but why would I need to access those from my phone? It's the restaurant info that I really want.

    7 Replies
    1. re: Robert Lauriston
      Engineering RE: Robert Lauriston Jan 25, 2007 11:45 AM

      An m.chow.com-style Chowhound mobile site is in the works.

      1. re: Engineering
        SauceSupreme RE: Engineering Jan 28, 2007 03:17 AM

        That's what I've been waiting for. I often find myself on the go in surprise locations and don't have the luxury of being able to print out a chowhound-approved list of restaurants before-hand. I'd love to be able to just fire up chowhound, do an appropriate search and find a place.

        I can't wait for the local wikis, which would be even more helpful since it would do all of my queries for me. ;D

        1. re: Engineering
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          Cinnamon RE: Engineering Apr 1, 2007 08:05 AM

          OK, so for now, what url can Chowhounds on a mobile device (say a Web-enabled phone or non-Windows Palm device using the Blazer browser) type in directly to get to your mobile version, such as it is, and what'll we see there? Thanks.

          1. re: Cinnamon
            Jacquilynne RE: Cinnamon Apr 3, 2007 06:34 PM

            There isn't currently a mobile version of Chowhound. m.chow.com will take you to the mobile version of CHOW, but the Chowhound side mobilization (I know, that's not really the right word in this context, but it fits so well!) isn't complete yet.

            -- Jacquilynne, Community Manager for Chowhound

            1. re: Jacquilynne
              ciaogal RE: Jacquilynne Apr 3, 2007 06:38 PM

              I have been accessing Chowhound.com on my mobile phone for months now w/ no problem...I can always search a restaurant wherever I am.....

              1. re: ciaogal
                Jacquilynne RE: ciaogal Apr 3, 2007 06:49 PM

                For sure, some people with some mobile devices are having no problems with using Chowhound.com in its current incarnation--I'm glad you're one of them. But we're looking at a lighter, more mobile friendly solution that'll let more Hounds into the mix, as well.

                1. re: Jacquilynne
                  jonathankavner RE: Jacquilynne Jun 25, 2007 11:40 AM

                  Any new changes? I see that m.chow.com still only has the recipe finder, no articles and no board.

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