Keeping up with Brickset when you're out and about

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I'm back from my short travels and I'd like to thank bluemoose for keeping you all updated while I was away: yesterday was a busy day for news by the looks of things!

I had no wifi internet access in my hotel, which was rather odd given it was a Hilton in the middle of a capital city but I did have my shiny new HTC Desire so I could keep up to date here and with emails using that. In fact I'm developing a mobile version of Brickset to make it easier and yesterday was a good test of it. It's not an iPhone or Android app, but a mobile version of the website that's optimised for use on mobile devices. Using that I could keep abreast of the news and comments and even do a little browing of the database.

Do you use the internet on your phone? Would you like to test mobile Brickset before I launch it? If so, get in touch. Let me know what phone you'll be using. If you have developed mobile-optimised websites yourself even better because I still have a few outstanding issues I need to resolve before it can hit the big time, and you might know the answers...

Update: I have enough testers now, and I think I have a solution to the problem, too, so with luck I'll get this launched in the next week or so!

40 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

i go on the internet on dsi (will it work on it ???)

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By in United States,

I'd love to test for you, I often use my phone when out to double check retail prices so i don't pay more than retail when I'm at TRU for example. Sending email now. =)

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By in United States,

ask an apple dude to make a brickset app

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By in United States,

I would love that if I had a phone that had Internet. I might get an iPad though, but I don't know how portable that would be....

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By in United States,

The Hilton is a great hotel. The Phone Idea is great, it'll be very useful, but I don't have a phone... yet. =)

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By in United States,

I access Brickset daily via my phone and have had few if any issues as-is...

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By in United States,

Pffft. My HTC EVO will blow away your HTC Desire. ;)

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By in United States,

I check brickset sometimes on an i phone so maybe I can test it out!

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By in United States,

I regularly access Brickset from my Samsung Moment and have little issue with the way it is now, although a streamlined but full featured mobile site would be great.

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By in United States,

@Zacherano an iPad screen is about the size of a piece of printer paper, and the perimeter outside is about an inch.

Plus, I would love to test it out; I have an iPod Touch and have been dying for a Brickset app or mobile website. Thanks so much! :-)

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By in United States,

@StarWarsManiac - I am aware - that's why I am wondering about the accessibility of carrying it around everywhere. I actually just went to an Apple store today and tested it out! It is much more worth it from my 15-minute trial run than some people are saying. It's a lot of money though, so I might forfeit some Lego purchases for this beauty.

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By in United States,

I go on Brickset with my ipod touch sometimes, and i think a mobile version would be great, with a streamlined homepage. That's a great idea, especially if you could get pictures of sets to work better on small screens.

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By in United States,

iPhone here. Would love to see a mobile brickset. Your efforts are much appreciated!

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By in United Kingdom,

i am the same as L-E-G-O i go on the DSI web browser alot as i do not have a phone (im slighty, by about a year, too young to have one) will it work on the DSI?

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By in Australia,

i sometimes use the ipod touch.

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By in United Kingdom,

Sounds great Huw. Will look forward to using it.

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By in United States,

Am currently accessing brickset from my hotel room at the Grand Canyon on my iPad Wi-Fi 3G 64. Looks great, as usual. Now a brick set app would be interesting! Cheers.

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By in United Kingdom,

Nice suggestion, faster345 - a Brickset app ! I'd even pay for it ......... :-)

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By in United Kingdom,

My phone won't let me search or log in to brickset :(

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By in United States,

working fine on my phone so far (HTC Touch Pro running the Opera browser). able to log in, browse the sets, and post a comment, just as advertised.

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By in United Kingdom,

It's looking really good, especially useful if you've got a non 3G connection as it's so much quicker! Good work Huw.

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By in United Kingdom,

@faster and Dr., someone is working on a iPhone app, but don't hold your breath, I need to get my act together in terms of web services and it's being done on a hobby basis so don't expect it for some time. The mobile website is a stop-gap until that arrives and until I've got to grips with Android app development :-)

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By in United Kingdom,

My dad (I am 13) works in Nintendo, and thanks to him Brickset is now on Nintendo DSi Browser and Wii Browser!
(If there is a Wii Browser!)

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By in Italy,

I use HTC Hero and I didn't any problem with Brickset. Android is the best forever! Opera is not good like the native browser of Android. Personally, I don't like the mobile version because are very minimized and a lot of info are lost.

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By in Canada,

yes! please! (begging on my knees!) make a brickset iPhone/iPod touch app!!!!!
it wold be sooooo cool!!! I would so pay for it!

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By in United States,

I was going to suggest you forgo the iPhone app development for an Android one, since Android is replacing the iPhone (and is a far better platform imho ;).

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By in Netherlands,

This is just a test comment to see if i can succesfully post one while using the mobile version.

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By in United Kingdom,

@huw the coding for the app is going well, just need those services ;)

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By in United States,

very cool!!! cant wait.

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By in United Kingdom,

One suggestion: a "back to top" anchor link at the bottom for a quick return to the menu bar... avoids scrolling back through long content like comment threads ;-D

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By in United Kingdom,

Mobile version is looking good, Huw - thanks for ironing out the bugs !

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By in United Kingdom,

@carabino, great idea, thanks.

@stu241273, once I've finished this (this week hopefully) I'll get onto it!

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By in United Kingdom,

@carabino, not sure about other phones, but on the iphone you can tap on the header bar (where the time is displayed) it zooms back to the top of the page on any page.

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By in United Kingdom,

@atkinsar Awesome, thanks! You learn something new every day...

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By in Netherlands,

@Huw, Do you read the suggestions sent be E-mail, or should I drop my suggestions here?

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By in New Zealand,

Looks great, found it "accidently" - actually tried the URL when I was out to see if it was there, and then read this post. Ironic :)

Anyhow - couple of comments. I have an old HTC TyTN II - and the login links etc do not appear on the front page. However I can manually go to the URL and login successfully.

Depending on where you take this, the ability to view and edit notes would be fantastic - i.e. when you are out and about, see a price and want to note it down!

I would be open to helping if it is needed.

Cheers.

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By in Russian Federation,

Great stuff to hear that there will be finally a link between smartphones and lego, as I personally miss the mobile version.

HTC is a great developer, I also enjoy my Legend as I wanted light, compact and beautiful phone but didn't need big screen and current processor is enough for me. I wish we soon be getting froyo for it.

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By in Brazil,

Access the Brinklink every day with my Iphone. I'm in Brazil!

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By in United States,

It looks great! I tried it on the computer [Yeah, it's supposed to be for the phone] and it looks great. Nice job!

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