Not so smart on a phone

22 Jul

What Newham’s website looks like on my iPhone

According to the Office for National Statistics:

  • Access to the Internet using a mobile phone more than doubled between 2010 and 2012, from 24% to 51%.
  • In 2012, 32% of adults accessed the Internet using a mobile phone every day. [my emphasis added]

There really is no excuse for not having a proper mobile version of your website.

And yes Newham council, I am looking at you.

2 Responses to “Not so smart on a phone”

  1. timrollpickering July 22, 2013 at 15:11 #

    Annoyingly a lot of platforms, or whatever the term is, are terrible for controls to create a mobile version and then display it as default when viewing from one.

    • Martin Warne July 24, 2013 at 08:43 #


      I beg to differ on the difficulty of providing mobile versions of websites, particularly for ‘enterprise level’ platforms of the kind our council must be using.

      Newham likes to think of itself as an IT leader in local government, so this is a very surprising oversight. Especially so as they’ve just spent a lot of money on re-designing the website (the subject of a planned but yet to be written blog post).

      Given the growing importance of smartphones and tablets in people’s everyday use of the Internet, failure to provide a usable mobile version of the website may undermine their efforts to get more residents accessing council services online.

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