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Oct 25, 2010 12:51 PM

Usebility of Chowhound on Smart Phones - especially abroad

Ive asked a BBery question below because I have recently had so much trouble with accessing the site via my BBery.

Wondering whether anyone can share their experiences interacting actively with Chowhound using android, Iphone or other smartphones, especially ones that will function outside the US - can you log in, post, view current posts, use and post on the Restaurant pages using yours?

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  1. There are two ways to view Chowhound on Android- and I'm sure other devices. You can use the mobile version of the site or you can use the standard internet version. Both are through a browser. I've found the mobile version to be very inadequete for searching and for tracking "My Chow". Never tried to post on it.

    Instead, I bookmarked the standard page and use the site just as I would on a PC. Everything works fine with full functionality. The onboard Android browser's pinch and zoom works well and makes it easy to scale the page for the screen size of my device.

    I don't have international cell service with my Verizon phone, but it works just fine when connected on WiFi. I used it without issue in Japan in WiFi hot spots. The browser actually doesn't care about what type of data connection the hardware uses. This should be the case with all devices.

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    1. re: Silverjay

      Thanks a lot -

      didnt have much luck on our last Italy trip with making wifi type connections for our laptops. Not much wifi signal and not too many people with unsecured internet connections and too many thick stone walls.
      my bbery. on the other hand can connect most places. Its like, driving down the road in PA looking for a place to eat in the next town. As long as I dont need Chowhound I have had pretty good luck and interactiveness.

      so I am trying to figure out if any of the other mobile handhelds offer a more complete chowhound experience.

      1. re: jen kalb

        Perhaps the default BB browser has a difficult time rendering Chowhound.?.?..I have also used a Windows Mobile 6 smartphone in the past and didn't have a problem. I'm not familiar with BB enough, but with Android, I have an onboard browser and also a couple other choices via the marketplace. If a site looks lousy on one browser, I will swtich to another.....Anyway, as long as you have a solid data connection- cellular or WiFi- it shouldn't affect how you interact with web pages. So it's probably a software issue.

        1. re: Silverjay

          helpful info, thanks. I already know that BBery/CH interface is bad and I cant change my browser except for search so its good to know that alternatives can work better.

      2. re: Silverjay

        Agree with your points. I love having full functionality of the site on the go via my Nexus One.

        My only complaint about browsing CH on the default Android browser is the login screen. The screen moves around and doesn't retain focus on the login/password fields as I type in my information, but it's a minimal issue that is taken care of once you tell the browser to remember the login. It's probably isolated to someone like me who flases roms frequently, which leads to the loss of all login information. Maybe I should instead find an app that saves logins independently from the browser.

        And I second the suggestion of trying an alternative browsing application if you are having issues with a stock browser. When I had a Nokia E71 (operated on Symbian OS), I couldn't do much with the stock browser. I tried out Opera Mini and was able to search and post using the standard version of the site.

        1. re: air

          thanks for all the good info so farl.

          I wish I could pick an alt brower on my bbery but its corp issue and restricts this. Thats why Im thinking about whether there are viable alternatives out there for a personal smartphone, and where I will need it most is for international travel.

          1. re: jen kalb

            I would try and get the company to set you up with an Android device!

            On a serious note, I forgot to mention that I also have an iPod touch (if that is something you're considering for personal use). It can handle full site functionality, but if you try to load a thread with say 50+ replies, the device will lock up. Based on searching around, this is not an isolated incident.

      3. Try downloading the Opera browser ( - it's much faster and performs better than the built-in browser. Also, the Bolt browser available in the apps store on the Blackberry performs better.