posted by Sagemind
4 months 2 weeks ago
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I know there is a lot of pressure to develop for Mobile.
Developing for mobile is a daunting task. Multiple platforms make it very difficult since you need to design multiple sites to get it working on each.
I don't expect a full blown mobile version of the Sift for my iPhone.
That being said, I acknowledge that there has been some development in that direction. And I appreciate it - I know it's in addition to the too many hours invested on the regular site.
But I have to say, I've noticed a few areas that may need a tweek.
When I come to the Sift on my iPhone using safari, I get a page with fifteen videos (plus one featured) on it. I can turn to the next page or I can switch from hot videos to Upcoming videos and back again. So far so good. I can vote and I can do searches. great.
A few issues I'm having.
1). The page seems to be coming out too long (vertically). Once I get to the bottom of the videos there's a huge gap before I get to the bottom of the page. I have to scroll about twenty or so full pages to get to the info at the bottom of the page. It took me forever before I even realized there was a bottom to the page. This seems to be the case with most pages on the mobile version.
2). And I think this is the one that bugs me the most. There is no option for me to choose if I want the mobile option or not. Before v5.0, I used to have an option. It didn't automatically detect and force me into mobile mode.
Why does this matter? Although I appreciate the work that's been done for mobile aps, it still doesn't have everything. I used to be able to go to submit videos from my phone, but now I can't. I used to be able to see SiftTalk, browse through latest comments, go to individual Channels and so on. basically, I could still access all the functions that didn't work with mobile.
I appreciate all that's been done to accommodate the mobiles, don't get me wrong, but until the mobile version does everything, can we please still have access to the non-mobile version from out mobile web browsers.