Web Browsing on the LG GW550

The LG GW550 runs Windows Mobile 6.5 and so comes with the latest version of Internet Explorer Mobile built-in. This browser comes with the following advantages:

  • Flash support (Flash 9)
  • Improved AJAX/javascript support
  • DirectX
  • ActiveX Control

All the above are features adapted from Internet Explorer 8 for PC.

Internet Explorer Mobile has the reputation as the most bashed mobile web browser, so I was eager to see if this new version is any good.

Flash is OK
For flash, I threw my regular Flash test site at it – The Ozone Cinemas website. Take a look for yourself:
Web Browsing on the LG GW550 1
As you can see, all the Flash elements on the OzoneCinemas website were rendered in all their full glory. Sweet.

I also tried out GSM Arena’s site. You can see that the vertical Flash advert on the right of the page loaded fine. The top horizontal one didn’t though. Perhaps that required Flash 10?
Web Browsing on the LG GW550 2

AJAX/Javascript
So far, I haven’t had any issues in which an AJAX or javascript functionality on any site failed, so it seems good too.

DirectX/ActiveX Control
Errr… what are those supposed to?

Miscellaneous
Zooming works fine. In mobile mode, Internet Explorer Mobile also fits text within the boundaries of the display, so that you have no need of side-scrolling as occurs on a number of mobile browsers.

However, you can also set the browser to render websites in desktop mode – the same way your PC would render them.

At least two of the homescreen layouts, Sliding Panel Media and Sliding Panel, display a menu for Internet Explorer Mobile. You can add/remove bookmarks to your homescreen, which improves accessibility.
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How About 3rd Party Browsers?

I did give a couple of 3rd Party browsers a spin. The popular Opera twins – Opera Mobile 10 for Windows mobile and Opera Mini 5 – were the natural test subjects.

Both rendered pages fine, as expected, and in addition Opera Mini 5 delivered faster rendering. However, and its a big one, when entering text in a text box on a webpage, pushing the line-break key resulted in the cursor exiting the text box. As such, I could not create paragraphs.

Probably not a big deal for others, but a deal breaker for me. My job requires lots of text entry when browsing. After trying out several times to see if there was a workaround for this, I finally uninstalled both.

So far, I am happy with Internet Explorer Mobile. But that is not to say that it has no weaknesses.

For one, Internet Explorer Mobile seems a little bit more sluggish than either of the Opera twins. It also does not support multiple tabs. But I can live with those. You have to decide what you can or cannot live with and roll with that.

In previous Windows Mobile devices that I have used and/or reviewed, I always put aside Internet Explorer Mobile. This is the first time that I have been able to use it and not dump it for a 3rd party browser. Perhaps the text entry bug with the Opera browsers had something to do with it. Perhaps not.

But in all, Internet Explorer Mobile 6 delivers a good mobile web browsing experience.

Mister Mobility

I started blogging about mobile in 2004 as a fun way to share my passion for gadgets and mobile services. My other interests include digital media, speaking and teaching, photography, travelling, and dancing.

3 thoughts on “Web Browsing on the LG GW550

  • April 10, 2010 at 8:22 pm
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    The issue with opera mini not being able to make paragraphs is not limited to the LG GW550. It occurs with my moto Q as well and i think it is an issue with opera mini on WinMo smartphones.

  • April 10, 2010 at 8:39 pm
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    deoladoctor,

    Really? Thanks for that info. I haven’t used Opera Mini/Opera Mobile much in recent times. But it is bad that the same issue plagues Opera Mobile 10 on Windows phones too.

  • April 16, 2010 at 1:36 pm
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    @Yom

    I really need to correct an impression on the opera mini and the WinMo. The paragraph issue noted with my moto Q which yom also noted on his LG GW550 doesn’t seem to affect all windows mobile as i earlier mentioned.

    After sending in my moto Q for the forth time, this time for non teethering issue, i bought the moto Q9c with the starcomms package and this phone does not have the opera mini paragraph issue. It is brand new and factory branded for Starcomms. No issues, and quite advanced running windows 6.0 OS with IE 7.7.

    With the 3 months unlimited access and phone all going for just N40,000, it is highly recommended.

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