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DiningDiva Jan 23, 2007 05:27 PM

Has anyone else had trouble with the Mobile Edition? I've tried to access multiple times only to end up with error messages.

I did get it to load once and the only thing that came up were recipes. Frankly, I don't really care one way or another about the availability of recipes on my BlackBerry.In the 1 download that was successful there were no links and no other optons available. I was really hoping to be able to access the boards using the Mobile Edition because using the regular site is way beyond cumbersome.

Is it my device or are there problems with the Mobile Edition.

  1. Charles Sep 7, 2008 05:50 PM

    Wow I hope someone in marketing and tech support is reading this.
    I was just on a weeklong trip to San Francisco and Portland and although I have been a loyal chowhounder for many years I was forced to use YELP the entire time because the only access to the internet I had available was on my smart phone, and unfortunately Chowhound is virtually unreadable in the web browser on my phone! The Yelp interface on the other hand is as Tony the tiger would say grrrrrrrrrrrrrreat.
    Please Chowhound/CNET don’t make me leave my beloved chowhound for the evil (and quiet honestly less houndy) yelp.

    6 Replies
    1. re: Charles
      Chuckles the Clone Sep 7, 2008 08:52 PM

      I have both read and posted from a Treo. So it is possible. However, if
      given the choice between doing that again or sticking a spork into my
      eyeball, I'd have to flip a coin.

      Seriously chowfolks, you're missing a very large and important boat here.

      1. re: Chuckles the Clone
        KTinNYC Sep 8, 2008 04:47 AM

        Have you tried using Opera as your browser? If not please give it a try. It's better than the BB browser. I'm not familiar with the Palm browser.

        1. re: KTinNYC
          Robert Lauriston Sep 9, 2008 12:21 PM

          I've occasionally found the Opera BlackBerry browser a helpful workaround for some sites, but not for Chowhound.

          1. re: Robert Lauriston
            KTinNYC Sep 9, 2008 02:18 PM

            I find it vastly superior than the BB browser but I guess that isn't saying much.

            1. re: KTinNYC
              Robert Lauriston Sep 9, 2008 02:42 PM

              Superior for Chowhound in particular? If so, is there some trick to skipping to the content?

              1. re: Robert Lauriston
                KTinNYC Sep 9, 2008 04:21 PM

                I just bookmarked the boards page so I can navigate directly to the boards I'm interested in viewing. Learning the shortcut keys also helps, for example my B/N key (I use a pearl) pages down so I avoid having to use the trackball.

    2. Charles Aug 27, 2008 07:56 AM

      So it seems that this last post is over a year old and still no movement? besides going through Google any other way to access chowhound on my phone?

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      1. re: Charles
        KTinNYC Aug 27, 2008 08:07 AM

        If you have a Blackberry you can use Opera as the browser. That works pretty well for Chowhound. Safari on the iPhone also works very well.

        I can't believe Engineering stated the mobile version would be ready in several weeks over a year and a half ago. Hasn't anyone told them the old adage that they should under promise and over deliver?

        1. re: KTinNYC
          Charles Aug 29, 2008 11:33 AM

          Any suggestions for a smartphone?

      2. MikeG Jan 24, 2007 05:27 AM

        Google's "wap-izer" will let you read the rest of the boards right now. (www.google.com/gwt/n) The recipes thing is pretty useless for the typical chowhound-home cooking forum participant.

        1. Engineering Jan 23, 2007 07:30 PM

          Mobile site is only recipes right now. Chowhound mobile edition is coming in the next few weeks.

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          1. re: Engineering
            Chuckles the Clone Apr 20, 2007 10:20 PM

            Still only recipes three months later. Is there a current ETA for the mobile edition?

            I've found the recipes to be pretty useless since how often do I find myself
            out away from home and cooking at the same time?

            1. re: Chuckles the Clone
              Melanie Wong Apr 21, 2007 12:32 AM

              The mobile recipe feature might be useful when you're standing in the grocery store and wonder what to make with the chuck roast that's on sale this week.

              1. re: Melanie Wong
                Chuckles the Clone Apr 23, 2007 01:02 PM

                I don't think so. If you're connected to the internet and you're wondering
                what to make of your chuck roast, you type the words chuck, roast, and
                recipe into google and it returns 392,000 possibilites, of which the first 100, at
                least, look promising. Even if m.chow.com were stocked with a thousand times
                the current number of recipes (a current number which is approximately 45)
                it wouldn't be able to compete.

                Chowhound needs to be accessible by mobile phone. Have a look at
                mobil.yelp.com for a good example of it being done right. But I don't
                want to use yelp when I'm sitting in a restaurant trying to decide what
                to order. Or standing outside wondering if I should go in. Or thumb-typing
                a review over dessert.

          2. Candy Jan 23, 2007 05:51 PM

            It has not worked except for a bunch of worthless recipes all day. More of that crappy Chow-zine nonsense that 99% of us can live without.

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