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Don’t forget, there is a browser on that iPad

If you have been reading this blog from time to time or even with some regularity, you’ll know that I’m a bigger fan of the open mobile web than mobile apps. At least from a philosophical point of view, especially in a world of private APIs and app stores playing the gatekeeper role.

Yesterday I had a funny experience on the iPad.

I wanted to find a take out place for dinner. I tapped the Yelp app. It hasn’t been re-written so it looks pretty bad on the iPad. And I was wondering if I should use it in 1x or 2x mode.

Then it hit me. Why not open up Safari on the iPad and just goto yelp.com

Guess what. It worked like a charm.

I’m not sure why Yelp would need or want to re-write for the iPad.

The web wins again!