Monday, November 3, 2008
S60 Browser & Opera Mini In Harmony
The eternal debate between using the built-in browser in S60 3rd Edition or Opera Mini to surf the web has always intrigued me. For a long time, I was an unconditional fan of the S60 browser, for the reason that it’s built-in, fast enough, offers true rendering of pages, and most of all isn’t a Java application. That’s until a few days ago, when I tried using the Epocrates Online site.
To those of you who aren’t in the medical field, Epocrates is one amazing database of drug information, and the best thing is that it’s free. Epocrates has a native client for Windows Mobile devices as well as Palm, but there is no S60 client. Recently, Epocrates ported their Online site, which offers a good part of the client functionality, to the iPhone. Being that both the iPhone and the S60 browser are built on the same Webkit base, I decided to give it a go on my N95.
I pointed my S60 browser to m.epocrates.com/iphone and waited as the site opened. I was able to check the first page, write down the name of the drug I was looking for, and even click through the suggestions. Everything worked fine until the actual drug page opened. There was a window on top of the page on which I had to click “Continue”, problem is that I couldn’t scroll to that “Continue” no matter what I did. I would press up and down, and the scrolling cursors would move but the page remained still. I even tried zooming out to 50% and rotating to landscape thinking the “Continue” would be come reachable, but it didn’t.