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    I need more cowbell. Digital Gee's Avatar
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    OT: BikeForums app?

    I was out of town for three days on business, with only my iPhone to connect to the interwebs. I have to say: reading any of these threads on a smart phone screen is pretty hard - the font is about 2 point.

    I wish there was an app, like the Huff Post app, for example, for Bike Forums. Each individual forum would be a click away, and the text for a given post could be larger. Yes, I can swipe and increase the text on the intertube browser, but then a single line won't fit on the screen.

    Surely some tech-savvy whippersnapper could create such an app for iPhones and Androids.
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    I agree. Using an internet browser on an iPhone is next to impossible.

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    Tapatalk is a forum plug-in used by many other forums that I frequent. Tapatalk has a free app that supports iPhone, Android, etc. You can see more informtion here: Tapatalk. If you frequent other forums, try the app out, those forums may support tapatalk.

    I wish Bike Forums supported it, because it works very well.

    The question of tapatalk support comes up every once in a while in the support forum. The latest plan ffrom the forum gods can be read at this thread.
    Last edited by woodway; 02-16-12 at 09:07 PM.

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    The Tapatalk website states that it supports vBulletin which is what Bike Forums is powered by. Has anyone tried this to see if it actually works with BF?
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    Click on the thread I linked above. In order for tapatalk to work with BF, the admins have to install a tapatalk plugin, which they are not going to do.

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    Dang i-Phone weenies

    And thus the reason for an Android phone(with a large screen ). Try turning the phone sideways(if i-phones switch the view), then pinch the screen to enlarge.
    Below are screen shots of the website:
    1) Normal view. How it comes up on the phone:


    2)Pinched screen to enlarge in portrait:


    3)After opening a thread, phone turned to landscape(sideways) and then pinched to enlarge.:



    There are websites that have their own app that makes them more mobile-friendly. Android forums has it's own "Phandroid" app that makes the process easier but basically you get the same thing without all the pinching, etc. . And yes Tapatalk does the same thing with sites that allow you to use Tapatalk.
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    Senior Member ?? Beverly's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbadwullf View Post
    And thus the reason for an Android phone(with a large screen ). Try turning the phone sideways(if i-phones switch the view), then pinch the screen to enlarge.
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    I have the Droid Razr and that's exactly what I do to read the forum on my phone. It seems to work great.
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    When you think about it, this is the reason for the whole i-Pad craze. Because Apple was smart enough to make their phones with a small screen, making it tough to see websites . Now a whole new business for them has emerged. Android users are still using.......................... their phones . Me, I'm a one-device-do-everything person. My phone is my phone, GPS directions, camera, flashlight, radio, mp3 player, video camera, computer, etc, etc. I'm an Alton Brown( Food Network guy) kind of guy. A device has to multi-task.

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    I need more cowbell. Digital Gee's Avatar
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    If those are shown actual size, you have an enormous phone!

    Quote Originally Posted by bigbadwullf View Post
    Dang i-Phone weenies

    And thus the reason for an Android phone(with a large screen ). Try turning the phone sideways(if i-phones switch the view), then pinch the screen to enlarge.
    Below are screen shots of the website:
    1) Normal view. How it comes up on the phone:


    2)Pinched screen to enlarge in portrait:


    3)After opening a thread, phone turned to landscape(sideways) and then pinched to enlarge.:



    There are websites that have their own app that makes them more mobile-friendly. Android forums has it's own "Phandroid" app that makes the process easier but basically you get the same thing without all the pinching, etc. . And yes Tapatalk does the same thing with sites that allow you to use Tapatalk.
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    Close but not really Much larger screen than an i-phone though. And much larger than a "Droid"(original Droid of that name), Droid Incredible and phones of that size.
    Advantage of i-phone: All the same size. Makes accessories easier to make and get.
    Advantage of Android: You can get the size of phone that suits you. Makes getting accessories harder though.
    Pluses and minuses to them all.

    Size comparison. Droid X to i-Phone:
    http://www.mobiletechworld.com/wordp...one4-front.jpg
    http://www.mobiletechworld.com/wordp...ne4-side-2.jpg

    In the first picture it looks a LOT bigger. When in reality(2nd picture), not that much.
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    vBulletin has software that the admins could purchase at pretty low cost. But it takes time and effort to set it up.

    I am in the process of converting a large music discussion forum over to vBulletin, and as soon as it settles in, I'll be pushing out the mobile app as well.
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    I read the forums on my phone all the time and it works great, but I use Opera as my browser and set it to use mobile view. I don't own an iPhone though. I have no idea if you could do that on one.

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    I occasionally browse with my iPhone. It's not that big a deal. Nothing beats the iPad, though.

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