Connect Me takes a look at the best local news Web sites optimised for browsing on your mobile device. In almost all cases, however, the story links are rather small, so iPhone users with large fingers should opt to view the page in landscape view.
New Zealand Herald
The Herald’s mobile site boasts a very readable layout, which is much less cluttered than viewing the full site on your device’s browser. Unlike the other mobile news sites, it does provide small images for many stories. The homepage contains, at the very least, headlines for each of the sections. Clicking on headlines first reveals the opening sentence before giving the option to view the full story.
Stuff is completely bereft of images while maintaining the aesthetic theme of the full site. It teases only with a handful of top headlines on its mobile homepage, which open the full story when clicked. It does handily display current temperature and weather conditions for the main centres at the bottom of the homepage, allowing you to check the weather at a glance. However, users must methodically browse through the seven sections in order to peruse headlines.
Scoop’s mobile site is even more stripped back, initially presenting the browser only with links to its various sections rather than teasing with headlines and story intros. Headlines and teasers are offered, however, once you choose a section to peruse. Much like Stuff, there are almost no images accompanying any of the stories whatsoever, which makes for an efficient browsing experience, if a little text-heavy and bland.