I’ve picked up an iPad (and hopefully several more for some other folks) here in San Francisco, and decided to test it out on a host of sites. Some pass, some fail and some need some work. This is a page mainly full of screenshots, and mainly of interest to those that work on the sites. So I’ve hidden most of it under the fold.
Let’s start with the media:
Stuff looks fine:
But forget about moving the page around – not that I ever do anyway.
and the popular quizzes are a no go area:
Note the advertisement served to me here in the USA – it’s for the Kindle, but it is aimed at those travelling overseas. The Kindle is STILL unavailable in New Zealand – but the iPad will be.
NZHerald’s site looks and worked fine. For both sites if there were flash advertisements then they failed gracefully.
The iPad lets you zoom right in really quickly – and images can look pretty jaggy when you do so. This is solveable, but perhaps at the expense of even heavier pages.
Trade Me delivered the mobile version – wrong move, but it should be easy to change to default to the normal site.
It’s a simple link to change trademe back to the full site, which seemed to work just fine (and I like no flash ads):
Not something I’ll be bidding on though:
The NBR was all-ok, though those prices still sting:
NZX home page looked fine, though this photo of Rod is a bit dodgy:
Xero wanted flash – and of all companies should really be thinking in HTML 5;
Meanwhile Xero Personal still doesn’t work (not that I’ve blogged about this – but on the one hand I cannot link my accounts from BNZ as they are “already in use” and on the other nothing turns up in Xero Personal)
AFR.com.au shows the mobile site – and then offers no way at all to view the normal site. It’s not a Kiwi site but I had to put it in for the epic Fail.
Valuecruncher worked – but it was a bit fiddly to operate the controls at times.
Valuecruncher shareholder Rowan’s blog was fine – as are all WordPress.com blogs, including this one.
This Kiwiblog embedded youTube video played perfectly, and the site looks normal:
Scoop looks normal as well:
But Air NZ needs some work.
I logged into the MyAirNZ site and got garbage the myairnz page is a flash monstronsity, adds no value to me at all and should go. I did find this page of links, which is not a fine way to great your loyal logged in customers:
The flight search process was messy. Here the name of the arrival city is overlapped by the dates – meaning that I got the city wrong.
The captcha came up yet again although I had previously logged in. What a waste of a screen and potential customers
The search results screen is tough. There are no scroll bars on the iPad, and it took me a while to figure out how to scroll down the 33 flight results. (I used two fingers and another finger off the table) It annoys me on the regular computers as well – the results should not be in a tiny
scrollable box, but displayed down the page.
Everything was fine from there – until it came time to select a seat. Not even a chance:
Oh – and while I am griping about my favorite airline – why can’t I book cuddle class yet? I’m in San Francisco and wanting to show friends that thay can now sleep on the way here.
So there you have it. Overall the iPad seems to surf just fine, but it’s not proving great for useful work yet. I had to write this post on my laptop – a mac of course.
<update – I somehow didn’t successfully grab the idealog screenshots – here they are.
The home page looks ok- except for no flash ads of course.
The nice thing about idealog is that they offer to show a mobile site – here it is, but it is not much use to me on the giant iPad.
Idealog TV completely fails – see the Flash error under the first article title. Clicking on the “previously…” tiles has no effect.