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Is lack of Flash on the iPhone a big deal?

Is browsing on the iPhone without Flash a problem?

Most Useful Answer blizzard7  Jul. 5, 2011 at 18:54

Depends entirely on the sites you use. For me it's a dealbreaker because I use a lot of sites which are flash-heavy, Gametrailers, Virgin Media Player and Joystiq/ Engadget main site videos to name just a few.

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JanSt / MOD  Jul. 5, 2011 at 18:38

First thing I do on Maemo, Android, Symbian and webOS: disable flash in the browser.
Majority of Flash use in browser is bloody ads.
A youtube app does the job for quickies. And else, one can transfer vids from the PC.
I never missed Flash on the iPhone. Anyways, Skyfire brings some flash function with it. It's also faster than Safari in my experience.

blizzard7  Jul. 5, 2011 at 18:54

Depends entirely on the sites you use. For me it's a dealbreaker because I use a lot of sites which are flash-heavy, Gametrailers, Virgin Media Player and Joystiq/ Engadget main site videos to name just a few.

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 5, 2011 at 19:05

true, Blizzard7 makes a good point. Some sites really only work 100% with a good Flash capable browser. i call those sites "stupid" :p

Nah, just kidding, it is a dilemma.
If you have important sites, it'd be ideal to try them on an iPhone before you buy.

blizzard7  Jul. 5, 2011 at 20:52

I'd say that the extent that some sites use Flash is completely over-the-top, but if your phone is powerful enough, only then does it become an enjoyable experience rather than one that slows everything down and is characterised by watching some sluggish animations slither across your screen.

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 6, 2011 at 07:40

True. I usually use Opera Mini - whatever the OS. When I hit the wall where OM can't render certain functionalities, I just open a browser that can.
Blessed be the multitaskers.

CTPAHHIK  Jul. 6, 2011 at 13:58

Yes, it is a big deal. Flash is very popular in online world and not supporting it natively is not a good business decision.
One thing is to say that we did not have time to implement it and it will be released via update. It's completely different thing to say that it's an inferior technology and will never be supported.
It's similar to saying that email will not be available, because SMTP/POP communications eat too much battery and proper email should be BlackBerry style (via push technology).
It's up to end user to use it or not, but functionality has to be there.

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