Orange SPV C500The C500 is a mobile smart phone. It comes installed with Windows Mobile 2003, which includes programs like Windows Media Player, MSN Messenger, Internet Explorer, but most importantly lets you install third party applications just like any other version of the Windows software.

After researching mobile browser applications I found that a small browser called ThunderHawk was by far the best. It had an impressive list of standards support and was fully compatible with CSS1 and most of CSS2.

I installed the browser onto my phone and decided to test a well known CSS based website, that of Dave Shea’s Mezzoblue.

Mezzoblue on ThunderHawk full screen viewMezzoblue on ThunderHawk split screen view

I was amazed by the results. Apart from some minor element sizing problems, the site’’s CSS was rendered almost perfectly by ThunderHawk, which by default includes a ‘split-screen’ feature that allows you to see how the site would look on a regular desktop monitor, but also save a section of the screen for you to zoom in and actually read the content. This can be turned off if required, leaving you with the whole screen to scroll around in, just as though you were viewing it on a regular sized screen.

ThunderHawk also overrides your style sheet’s font settings. Instead it uses its own built in font which renders well at a very small size – allowing for more information to fit onto the screen, minimizing the need to scroll.

Cell phone browsers are obviously still in their infant stages, but with new browser releases on the horizon, things are only going to improve. Soon it may be far easier that you ever thought to catch up on your daily visits.