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    Default Will auto mobile device detection become useless?

    More and more phones (e.g. Android) have an HDMI port that you can use to connect to an HDMI display/TV. iPad allows you to connect to an external keyboard.

    So, the trend that I'm seeing is that, within a few years, your phone will become your PC for the average Joe. When such phones become common place, there will be no way of knowing whether you are viewing a site on your phone or an HDMI display/TV connected to your phone. So, my point is: is it better to design a website which allows users to manually select a screen size (such as phone, HDMI display, etc.), rather than having the website make this decision for the users?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChinaMobi View Post
    More and more phones (e.g. Android) have an HDMI port that you can use to connect to an HDMI display/TV. iPad allows you to connect to an external keyboard.

    So, the trend that I'm seeing is that, within a few years, your phone will become your PC for the average Joe. When such phones become common place, there will be no way of knowing whether you are viewing a site on your phone or an HDMI display/TV connected to your phone. So, my point is: is it better to design a website which allows users to manually select a screen size (such as phone, HDMI display, etc.), rather than having the website make this decision for the users?
    Some interesting thoughts.

    For me I want the option to choose my browser experience. Already many sites mistake my Ipad for an Iphone and give their "mobile sites" which are basically stripped down sites with limited access. Without an option to choose a pc version I am forced to use my laptop in order to view and use the site properly.
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    Your experience shows the direction of change. In other words, auto device detection will not work. Thanks.

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    my opinion is that auto detect should be expanded to work more reliably.

    even with hdmi and external keyboards and such, i am constantly on the go and would appreciate a slim down website to get what i need done fast and simple.

    in short, i think auto detect is here to stay (imho)

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    Quote Originally Posted by sf2010 View Post
    in short, i think auto detect is here to stay (imho)
    I have to agree with you. Maybe the best solution is to let auto detect decide but you are given the option to switch to a different version.

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    It is here to stay.

    I agree with Chinamobi's last comment, detect and offer a switching option.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChinaMobi View Post
    I have to agree with you. Maybe the best solution is to let auto detect decide but you are given the option to switch to a different version.
    This solution gets my vote as well.

    Think, I didn't know you had an iPad

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    Cool, this is interesting stuff to me.

    I'll spend more time working on the switching in my detection code when I dive into it next.



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    This is an old thread but deserves another look. I wonder what our core of developers think of "responsive design?" I still think autodection is important with an option to view a full site. Google seems to agree that a separate, auto-detectable mobile site is a good way to go.*

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