Saturday, January 30, 2010

N900 - Web Browsing

If you have or want an N900, then I'm sure it has something to do with it's amazing web capabilities.

Here's a quick run down of my experiences with the 2 main browsers you'll play with, the default 'microB' and Firefox.

MicroB is fast, has flash support, and is definitely my go-to browser for the N900.

Firefox is pretty slow, it has no flash for the moment, but it can sync all your bookmarks and stuff throuh a Weave account. Firefox also has the 'awesome bar,' which really is awesome.

Just like on desktop versions of Firefox, any text entered into the address bar is sought out in history, bookmarks, and even tabs open in your other computers(with Weave Sync). It saves a lot of time when seeking out previously visited pages.

What else? MicroB lets you use the awesome on-screen keyboard, Firefox for some reason doesn't.

As for general compatibility, the only web site I've seen not load properly is Seesmic Web. It starts to work, albiet slow, but then keeps getting error messages and ultimately it's big hassle.

On a whim I found (via Google) a twitter web app called TwitHive that is super lightweight and runs well with no ptoblems so far, though admittedly I just set it up and haven't used it a lot yet.

Having a lot of microB windows doesn't slow things down very much unless they're running something resource intensive like youtube or something (youtube can even slow down my netbook).

All in all, it's taken a little getting used to, but I really think writing and script-editing aside, this device can and probably will replace my netbook.


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