News by Michael Oryl on Friday February 08, 2008.
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Full HTML mode
Mobile formatted website
Many config options
Access, the company that makes the Garnet OS (aka Palm OS), has released a Windows Mobile 'concept' version of its popular NetFront Browser v3.5. The application supports many features that go far beyond those of Microsoft's own Pocket IE browser, though it is obvious that this is not quite a finished product yet. My initial tests are promising, but the configuration is a bit obtuse, due largely to the application's extreme flexibility, and I have found it to be very slow at rendering some pages so far.
What it does offer, though, is smooth, flickable pen scrolling and a tap-zoom mode that makes navigating large pages much easier, if not exactly iPhone-like. The browser seems capable of rendering regular sites intended for desktop computers well, and it supports a number of different virtual screen resolutions. But with all that said, it is clear that the browser uses a great deal of memory. My T-Mobile Wing, a device not know for having gobs of RAM, was unable to render the full HTML MobileBurn.com site until I turned off the images. But once rendered, the page looked pretty true to life. Also noteworthy, NetFront v3.5 for Windows Mobile supports multiple windows in the browser and uses the same style tabbed window navigation found in apps like FireFox. It even has a visual Bookmarks mode.
In any event, the NetFront Browser is certainly an application worth looking at if you are a Windows Mobile smartphone user.