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Old 02-14-2014, 06:03 PM   #11
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Also, some apps are really just shortcuts to a version of the website optimized for mobile use. I would be happy with that, as long as it does not lock me into using only the mobile site on my tablet.
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Old 02-14-2014, 06:05 PM   #12
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Since I don't even have a data plan (phone or otherwise) and use Wi-Fi for my tablet, I'm good to go. But thank you all for the informative response!
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Old 02-15-2014, 05:21 PM   #13
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It certainly is easier to use the zoom function on my iPhone using the full application. On FGRV while using the app on the phone I'm set in using one font size and my eyes sometimes aren't up to it.

That being said, apps are generally way more efficient users of bandwidth and processor resources. They don't have a whole browser running in the background, with all that capability, just for looking at posts.
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Old 02-15-2014, 08:36 PM   #14
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That being said, apps are generally way more efficient users of bandwidth and processor resources. They don't have a whole browser running in the background, with all that capability, just for looking at posts.
I doubt that the browser consumes significant processor resources if given nothing excess to display. The advantage of an app is largely that they are typically free of excessive junk (images and other graphics, animated decorations), while web pages are often plagued by junk.

In addition to typically being designed for smaller or lower-resolution display, the "mobile" version of web pages often have the advantage of less extraneous junk. For these forums, I think an optimized-for-mobile web page would work well; there really isn't anything for the app to do other than display what a browser would.

One advantage of an app is that the code is downloaded only when the app is installed (or updated), not every time a page is loaded. Watch for "web apps" (particularly in iOS) which are just web pages (often with a lot of code) running in a browser window without "chrome" (the address bar and other visible evidence of the browser), represented by an icon on your mobile device.
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Old 05-16-2014, 05:22 PM   #15
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Any news on the planned app for the Escape forum?
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Old 05-17-2014, 05:09 PM   #16
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The Escape forum is on the list to get the Tapatalk app, but it will be a bit longer before it's activated. Sorry for the delay.
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Old 07-26-2014, 11:33 AM   #18
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It sure would be nice, eh?

Oh, and a new set of nicer smilies, more like the ones at FGRV while we are placing order, too.
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Since this is a forum for people who travel. And travel to out of the way locations without wifi, the only means to read the forum is using a phone with a data connection. I believe it has been well described how difficult the "regular" site is on a phone, a mobile version would be most welcome.
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Old 07-26-2014, 05:14 PM   #20
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I will always prefer 'full site' to 'app site'. I can't see what the fuss is all about. The Fibreglass RV site is easier to manage (for me anyway) in full site than in app.
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