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Mobile Web Battles Mobile Applications

Here in Nigeria, the smartphone seems to be gaining some popularity. A significant number of people who were using non-smartphones are migrating more and more to smartphones.

Of course, web services are some of the most prevalent uses that smartphones are put to. The question is, do you access your web services more via your mobile browser or more via applications installed on your device?

For example, MobilityNigeria has a mobile application downloadable for Symbian devices. Do you use it by default or do you access the site via your mobile browser? How about Twitter, Facebook and other web services?

There are some applications that package access to a number of services. Take Snaptu, as an example. It bundles Twitter, Facebook, and RSS feeds of your favourite sites. Do you take advantage of that convenience or do you prefer to use your mobile browser (which by the way gives you access to all the above too)?

I use a Blackberry Bold 9700. My job and recreation take me to the following websites on the internet: Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Yahoo, Tedtalks, Nairaland, Blogspot, and MobilityNigeria. I have UbberTwitter, which is a Twitter application, Facebook, Yahoomail and Gmail set-up on my Blackberry. All these make it easier and more friendly for me to use these services. Why would I go through the pain of typing www… in my Native browser or Opera mini? Although the mobile browser is not completely useless, I am only more comfortable with the applications, they have richer UI and features.

What about you? Do you use the mobile web more than mobile applications?

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