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Mobile-friendly forums launched

By dpreview staff on Jan 24, 2013 at 20:50 GMT

We're delighted to be able to announce the introduction of mobile-optimized access to our forums. The mobile forums are one of the benefits that have been made possible by the new forums code we introduced in October 2012. This first release of the mobile forums supports the majority of full forum features, including both flat and threaded views - with the last-used format persisting when you next visit. We'll be building on the feature set in the coming months.

The mobile forums have a dedicated posting panel that should make it easier to post from mobile devices. At present this is plain text only and there is no option to edit quoted text if you choose to 'Reply with quote,' but this is just one of the areas in which we plan to expand the site's capabilities in the near future. This will include the ability to upload images from your mobile device.

The forum list should look familiar Each forum page will show the 30 most recent threads

Alongside the mobile version of the forums is a mobile-optimized version of user profiles - which appears as an option on the main menu - to make it easier to keep track of the comments and forum posts you've made.

The forum can be viewed in either Flat or Threaded view This is the Threaded view. Note the sticky title bar to simplify navigation.

Comments

Total comments: 103
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digsoreos
By digsoreos (Mar 10, 2013)

Is there a way to search the forums from the mobile site? I haven't found a way to do that yet.

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Jonathan_Whiteman
By Jonathan_Whiteman (Jan 28, 2013)

Thanks for this - looks great on a Nokia 920

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marike6
By marike6 (Jan 28, 2013)

I just wish DPR would fix the regular site's forums on Google Chrome (mac), my main web browser. I sent a note via Feedback, but the layout is completely broken and unusable.

Congrats on the new mobile forums. Please fix the forum on Chrome (mac) on the non-mobile site. Thanks.

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Scott Everett
By Scott Everett (Jan 28, 2013)

We are using the forums on mac chrome without issue, can you PM any more details about the issues? Would be glad to try and troubleshoot with you.

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Kristian55
By Kristian55 (Jan 28, 2013)

very nice, but .... the sign for photo in each thread should be added. Not vivible on my HTC S anyway ....

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The A-Team
By The A-Team (Jan 28, 2013)

It's about time. Thanks!

Looks great in portrait mode but the text is far too large in landscape mode (Galaxy S Advance) Might just be my phone though...

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nand
By nand (Jan 28, 2013)

Works nice with the Nexus One using voice input.

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Emacs23
By Emacs23 (Jan 27, 2013)

Don't like it with IPad 3.

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paulkienitz
By paulkienitz (Jan 27, 2013)

You have my appreciation -- the new layout is much easier to use. Thanks.

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Ken Gosden
By Ken Gosden (Jan 26, 2013)

Hmm, I see no change on my Nexus 7 unless I use the Dolphin browser and force it to 'iphone' user agent. Chrome and Firefox still look the same as before.

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monkeybrain
By monkeybrain (Jan 26, 2013)

Go to m.dpreview.com
Works fine on the nexus 7 (using it now).

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Josh Hays
By Josh Hays (Jan 28, 2013)

If your browser isn't auto-detected as being on a mobile device, you can always tap the "Mobile site" link at the bottom of every page.

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mark625
By mark625 (Jan 26, 2013)

I hope you'd make the title bar a bit thinner. It consumes too much screen space IMO. Thanks!

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mauijohn
By mauijohn (Jan 25, 2013)

PC are becoming obsolete so this is a great change and just in time for me and for my stolen laptop.

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Sylvain G
By Sylvain G (Jan 25, 2013)

Excellent news, I've been slowly neglecting them because of that.

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Osvaldo Cristo
By Osvaldo Cristo (Jan 25, 2013)

Good job: it works with my Android Motorola Razr.

No complains so far. Thanks

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njlarsen
By njlarsen (Jan 25, 2013)

Now we just need a forum optimized for PC users. The combination of font and colors chosen means that the list of topics is very near unreadable. I guess I should be thankful for not wasting my time here anymore :)

Niels

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Nightwings
By Nightwings (Jan 25, 2013)

Good Job! Works excellent on iphone.

Can't expand on the viewed images though... how about you droid users? Does that function work for you?

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Simon Joinson
By Simon Joinson (Jan 25, 2013)

it's not currently supported. We will be adding features one at a time. And they'll be tested first :)

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msrock
By msrock (Jan 25, 2013)

Very Nice. Works well on my Samsung Galaxy S2..

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rtjun
By rtjun (Jan 25, 2013)

Nice, Galaxy S3

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Jan 25, 2013)

Now all dpreview needs is people friendly forums.

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Mark B.
By Mark B. (Jan 25, 2013)

...or more friendly people :-)

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Jan 25, 2013)

Yeah, that's what I meant, Mark!

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klopus
By klopus (Jan 25, 2013)

And preferably forums using common software so that popular generic forum apps like Tapatalk can be used.

Can't understand why DPR still clings to their antiquated in-house software probably written by Phil Askey back 10+ years ago.

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Jan 25, 2013)

Thank you for illustrating my point nicely.

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ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (Jan 25, 2013)

Because I may want to post something on a silly thread about "equivalent aperture on 4/3 cameras" any time of the day, wherever I am, whoever I am with and whatever I'm doing. It's that urgent. Thank you guys.
PS Vodafone wants to thank you on my behalf, too.

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Combatmedic870
By Combatmedic870 (Jan 25, 2013)

? they you have alway has access to the forums via your phone. This one is just a phone version now vs the desktop.
Due to your comment in the first place, im sure you will post a thread like that. you comment right now is half way there.

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ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (Jan 25, 2013)

«? they you have alway has access». Could you say it again, please, sir?
I'm afraid all this wonderful technology doesn't do much for your spelling and grammar...

Comment edited 9 minutes after posting
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ziggy25
By ziggy25 (Jan 25, 2013)

Works pretty good on my blackberry 9790.

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HarryLally
By HarryLally (Jan 25, 2013)

Congratulations and many thanks. Works well on my Android phone.
Michael

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Puddleglum
By Puddleglum (Jan 25, 2013)

Welcome to 2009 DPreview! :-)

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TKH
By TKH (Jan 25, 2013)

Just testing and to record my hugh appreciation towards this effort from the DPreview team.

This post is made from my itsy bitsy teeny HTC desire C running ICS -- Cheers TKH ت

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olivier_777
By olivier_777 (Jan 25, 2013)

Tested, it works well on my iPhone.

One thing I really miss: the ability to navigate straight to the last post of a thread (as I usually do on the main site). Very painful when you just want to check the last messages in a long thread, you have to navigate all the way from the beginning each time.

Second: I miss the "picture" icon on threads that I see the main site. I like to check in priority threads containing pictures (isn't photography about taking pictures? :-)) and dońt care much about gear talk.

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Deleted pending purge
By Deleted pending purge (Jan 25, 2013)

Clicking on the time-link to the right of the Forum thread title ("1 hour ago", "2 days ago" etc.) should get you to the latest post there. It works on the computer, I presume it'll work on your mobile too...

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olivier_777
By olivier_777 (Jan 26, 2013)

That´s the point, it does not work on the mobile version.

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tesilab
By tesilab (Jan 25, 2013)

The mobile version of the forum is welcome.
The text editing on iPhone and iPad is still seriously broken since the introduction of your "improved" editor.

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Steve Balcombe
By Steve Balcombe (Jan 25, 2013)

That's good stuff. I'm not a big mobile user but this will be great for the occasional boring train journey.

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Jimmy2thou
By Jimmy2thou (Jan 25, 2013)

Thanks DPR Team!

The forum looks great on my Asus Transformer. Really easy to use and navigate.

Much appreciated.

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gl2k
By gl2k (Jan 25, 2013)

Maybe the inclined user might give a serious feedback on usability at different screen resolutions ?

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rrr_hhh
By rrr_hhh (Jan 25, 2013)

The "reply with quote" doesn't work on my iPad2 : I get the same window as with the "reply to" feature : there is no quoted message, just an empty editor window.

By the way : I don't want to use the dumbed down mobile version with a big iPad display, I just want you to disable your damned spellchecker from the desktop version when you detect a mobile device is using it. It shouldn't be that difficult ? Or is it ?

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Andy Westlake
By Andy Westlake (Jan 25, 2013)

We don't have a spell checker. Your device might do, but there's not a lot we can do about that.

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rrr_hhh
By rrr_hhh (Jan 25, 2013)

How comes then that I'm only getting these problems when using your text editor : I don't have it in other applications, whether Pages, the mail editor, other forums, not even here at DPreview in the Comments section, but only with your new text editor for the forums ?
I thought that a spellchecker was among the new additions you had announced for the new text editor ?
Anyway, it is extremely noyous and reading these comments I discovered that Android tablets are concerned too.

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EXX
By EXX (Jan 25, 2013)

Great work folks!

Tried it on my Nokia E71 phone using Opera Mini as a browser and it works like a charm.

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Emopunk
By Emopunk (Jan 25, 2013)

It's highly appreciated, altough most of us dream about Tapatalk support. That would be a breakthrough in usability.

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Sonyshine
By Sonyshine (Jan 25, 2013)

Brilliant! I just need smaller fingers so I can input on my weedy mobile keyboard.... :))

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David Naylor
By David Naylor (Jan 25, 2013)

Great!! I've been hoping for this.

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HozicEmir
By HozicEmir (Jan 25, 2013)

About time, also I tried in desktop view of site to upload some photos using my android phone to gallery and was refused because of adobe flash plugin that is not present on android phones now. That need to be fixed also.

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Daniel Lauring
By Daniel Lauring (Jan 25, 2013)

Agreed. Need to dump flash and move to html5. There are millions of Apple devices that don't support it.

Comment edited 15 seconds after posting
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harry cannoli
By harry cannoli (Jan 25, 2013)

Thank you, DPReview. Now, if only I can learn to type on my tablet.

Comment edited 11 seconds after posting
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rickpoole
By rickpoole (Jan 25, 2013)

Unfortunately I have to use a Blackberry and the forum menus do not work - pressing the menu button does nothing.

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chillgreg
By chillgreg (Jan 25, 2013)

Probably the new BB10 will work. Boy does it look awesome too! :)

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Alekko
By Alekko (Jan 25, 2013)

Is there a way to know in which post I’m in threaded view? While reading on my PC, the current post is highlighted in black. Not on mobile device. Any advice?

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viking79
By viking79 (Jan 25, 2013)

Looks great, thanks! It is nice to be able to use my phone's speech recognition software To dictate my posts. It is way better than typing on the little useless keypad. But people give me strange looks when I'm talking to my phone.

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Starshot
By Starshot (Jan 25, 2013)

god damnt I hate "mobile friendly" sites

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DotCom Editor
By DotCom Editor (Jan 25, 2013)

Seems a wee bit harsh...

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BruinBlue
By BruinBlue (Jan 25, 2013)

THIS. Please keep the mobile version optional. I like that DPR allows Desktop version at the bottom. I hate forums that force Mobile view.

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chillgreg
By chillgreg (Jan 25, 2013)

They don't force it. All web sites check and use the "User Agent" that is set in your mobile browser.

You can change this yourself from Android to Desktop or similar in the browser's settings. It's sometimes abbreviated to "UA".

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King Penguin
By King Penguin (Jan 25, 2013)

Wow......I never access the site on a desktop, only use my iPhone......in fact I rarely browse the net on my PC at all these days..........the phone is just too handy!

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Mark B.
By Mark B. (Jan 25, 2013)

Well gosh darn it Starshot, don't visit when on your mobile device.

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Jan 25, 2013)

Me too. And anything digital or that was invented after the Vietnam war. And people.

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nand
By nand (Jan 25, 2013)

Looks nice on the Nexus 4.

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Jellytime
By Jellytime (Jan 25, 2013)

Nice. Much appreciated.

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Albert de Bruijn
By Albert de Bruijn (Jan 25, 2013)

Awesome! Many thanks

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chillgreg
By chillgreg (Jan 25, 2013)

Thank you with a caveat: Ivam having to use the desktop version for reading, and then switch to the mobile version to reply, due to the massive difference in functionality.

Wouldn't it be a good compromise to fix the desktop edit box so it works for all Android versions 2.3.4+?

I gave no trouble posting comments in your desktop news story comments and private messages so one could surmise it would be if excellent value to your readers (and advertisers) for this to be fixed.

Especially with the preponderance of tablets and large-screen mobile phones, the desktop view will remain highly relevant for mobile devices.

Thank you for the update though, beggars can't be choosers! ;)

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rrr_hhh
By rrr_hhh (Jan 25, 2013)

@ Chillgreg
It is not restricted to Android tablets, iPads users have got the same problem : we have to choose between two pains, either the dumbed down version without the damned spellcheckers, or the full and more enjoyable version with the damned spellchecker playing games at you and creating havoc with your writings.
Please DPreview : disable your own spellcheckers when a mobile device is detected on your desktop version.
Tablets owners are the great loosers of the recent site upgrades. And it is going so since several months now.

Comment edited 2 minutes after posting
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BaldCol
By BaldCol (Jan 25, 2013)

What spell checker? I didn't realise DPR had a spell checker. My spelling must be so good it has never needed to alert me :-)

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Mark B.
By Mark B. (Jan 25, 2013)

rrr_hhh, there is no spell checker on the DPR forums, it's on the iPad. I've not really had any problems with the forums on my iPad2 and iOS 6.

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rrr_hhh
By rrr_hhh (Jan 25, 2013)

@ Mark B

I'm also using an iPad2 with the last IOS 6. There are no problems with the "comments section", only with the new wysiwyg text editor used for the forums. The problems appeared when they introduced the new text editor, but it isn't yet used for the comments section, if my memory serves me well.
Andy Westlake said there was no spellchecker involved..

So I don't know where the problem lies, but for sure there is a problem.
Try typing the beginning of a sentence, then change your mind and erase the last word : the spellchecker will then play havoc, combining the last remaining word with both the one you erased and the new letters. Sometimes you have to erase things three times before you get what you want. My iPad is becoming less sensitive to the keys and frequently misses I, O, P or H, then aaackkk ! The spellchecker comes into play and introduces a weird word.. Erase it and the nightmare begins again.
I repeat : I don't have any problem with other apps or forums.

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rrr_hhh
By rrr_hhh (Jan 25, 2013)

@ Mark B

Which browser are you using ? I'm using Safari.
Or may be that you have disabled your device spellchecker ? I don't want to do that, because the spell checker usually works well with all other apps and because I'm not a native English speaker.

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Mark B.
By Mark B. (Jan 25, 2013)

@ rrr_hhh

I'm using Safari, the spell checker is not disabled.

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dave61
By dave61 (Jan 24, 2013)

Okay -- how do I get it?

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Josh Hays
By Josh Hays (Jan 25, 2013)

Just visit dpreview.com from your mobile device. It should take you to the mobile site automatically. If not, there's a link to the mobile site at the bottom of every page.

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dave61
By dave61 (Jan 25, 2013)

Thank you, Josh. I should have known.

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duartix
By duartix (Jan 24, 2013)

Domo arigato.

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Delie
By Delie (Jan 24, 2013)

Excellent, great job guys - looks fantastic :)

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Bobbert
By Bobbert (Jan 24, 2013)

Simply... thank you, thank you, thank you!

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MustangJoe
By MustangJoe (Jan 24, 2013)

I've been looking forward to this. Thank you.

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Al Patterson
By Al Patterson (Jan 25, 2013)

I can read the forums on my Nook Color without having to play pinch and spread to make the tiny text readable Thanks!

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techmine
By techmine (Jan 24, 2013)

Excellent. Great news.

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Pixel Judge
By Pixel Judge (Jan 24, 2013)

I might just spend more time on DP Review when 'Nature' calls.

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Barney Britton
By Barney Britton (Jan 24, 2013)

Good to know. There's a splash-proof version of the site in our development plans for Q2.

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graybalanced
By graybalanced (Jan 25, 2013)

They should branch it off like Connect and brand it Doo Pee Review.

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MarkInSF
By MarkInSF (Jan 25, 2013)

Don't make me wear an o-ring. That's where I draw the line. Good work, guys. Participating in forums is exactly the sort of activity I like doing on my phone.

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chillgreg
By chillgreg (Jan 25, 2013)

@graybalanced lmao lol that's so funny I love it! :D

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ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (Jan 25, 2013)

Best comment so far. And the replies are not too far behind :)

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