This might sound like a stupid question but it’s been years since I had a non-smartphone. My questions are:
How do non-smartphones render modern websites? I remember by old Sony Ericsson used to render a dumbed down version. Do they still do this?
Is it worth considering non-smartphones in mobile design?
My standard approach to responsive web design involves a core stylesheet and then a media query to load either a mobile stylesheet or a desktop one (yes, one extra HTTP request but I’m fine with that). To appease earlier IE I use:
Do any relatively new mobiles not support media queries (other than IEMobile 7).
It depends on your target market. In places like India, rural China, Africa and Latin America, a high proportion of people have feature phones (ie basic web capable but not smart phones). They still account for comfortably more than half of phones sold worldwide. On the other hand, if your target demographic is tech-savvy people in more affluent countries then smartphones have much better usage. There’s a good article today at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22390444
Great post!Most of us have our smartphones with us virtually all the time. There are thousands of applications that do thousands of different things accessible at the push of a button. And a few of them can even earn you a little extra pocket change. And who could not use more of that in this economy?
My defunct Samsung Alias cell phone is not a smartphone, but it accesses the web. Its small screen is barely tolerable, but I can use it when its an emergency. I have not actually made a page to see what tags it reads or not reads, though.
You’ll have to look at your visitor logs to see what the proportion of cellphone visitors you are drawing, and decide from that.
Stevie D, thanks. Small world, I’m born and bred North Yorks but live in Leeds now.
Thanks for the caniuse link. I have seen that before; shame it doesn’t cover Windows mobiles or feature phones.
“the average feature phone browser like?” Unfortunately, it will vary by Android make and model. The vendors simply do not follow all specs, only a subset, and you’ll never know without testing on each device. As an phone app hobbyist, that’s not feasible for me.