10. 30. 2007
Easier mobile web browsing with Rocketshotz
Web browsing on a mobile device can be an exercise in pure frustration. Even on my iPhone, I still find myself wishing for a quicker way to browse through sites (my fingers are still a bit clumsy on the on-screen keyboard), and still sometimes opt for mobile versions when they're available (and I know about them).
Rocketshotz provides a fairly simple shortcut to mobile browsing, which is both useful and more aesthetically pleasing than regular bookmarks. The process is simple, with no software to download. You just go to the Rocketshotz website, sign up, then choose your mobile websites and place them within 5 different category icons. Your selections are sent ("blasted") directly to your mobile browser (basically, you just navigate to the Rocketshotz mobile site with your preferences set). As you update and reorganize your icons, they're instantly updated on your mobile.
My only complaint so far is that the pre-set categories are not ideal for my use: favorites, finance, travel, news, and weather. Favorites, travel, and news are fine, but I've got almost nothing in weather (how many mobile weather sites do you really need that it requires its own category?) and very little under finance (I don't have enough money to make the subject a pastime). I'd rather substitute these with entertainment and shopping. As it is now, my favorites category is over-crowded (you can only put in 20 under each category). My other complaint (okay, so I have two) is that I can't add my own mobile sites that aren't listed in Rocketshotz. I look forward to seeing improvements to make this a much more useful tool.
Works on mobile phones, iPhone, iPod Touch, PDAs, and PSP.
I made this funny discovery as I was browsing the mobile selections on Rocketshotz: MizPee, which locates the nearest, clean public toilet for you. Listed right after my Starbucks locator. Now, if I could only figure out how to make Rocketshotz my iPhone homepage.