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rt 12-08-2012 10:52 AM

iPhone Question
 
My wife bought an iPhone. I'm completely new to apple. No experience beyond my eight year old iPod. I figured I'd play around with it because I will be switching carriers next month and will need a new phone. I'm hesitant about getting an iPhone because of the whole stigma, but I also need an iPod, so I figured I'd at least play around with this thing and see how I like it.

Anyway, I can't get this thing to play imbedded videos. Like on NHL team sites or on tsn. This is a big problem for me because I'm a huge hockey nerd.

Do I need to download another browser like Puffin, or the like?

I don't use Facebook, twitter, or any of the social media or popular sites like that. I pretty much only use my smartphones for web browsing. I pretty much exclusively browse hockey content. If I can't watch highlights, and related videos on NHL and amateur team sites, then there's no way in hell I'm buying an iPhone.

Any advice?

shello 12-08-2012 12:00 PM

You probably need adobe flash player to watch those videos, which you can't get on your iphone. But to watch highlights I propose two alternatives:
1. Buy the gamecenter app (not the current one, once the new one comes out, they make one for each year). Its pricey but you can watch all highlights and more, also can watch full/live games for like 1.99 per (I think)
2: If you dont have a youtube account, make one and sub to the NHL's channel, think they upload highlights.

Paranoid Android 12-08-2012 03:12 PM

Can you give a specific example of a video that's not working? Videos work fine for me on predators.nhl.com

If it's indeed a flash issue, then you should probably skip iphone for now. But to be honest I'm surprised websites still use flash for video. It's an outdated technology.

guinness 12-08-2012 03:53 PM

I still remember when Flash was one of Android's selling points, now that the mobile variant is good and dead, it's not a big deal.

In my experience, mobile Flash was generally garbage, and worst case scenario, there was an app for it (TSN has one), or the devs bent over backwards to make the site iPhone-compatible.

HawksFan74 12-08-2012 04:30 PM

I thought all of the major sites have converted from flash by now. I have not had any problems lately, NHL works fine. Imbedded videos on this site work fine.

Jek McPorkins 12-08-2012 05:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by guinness (Post 56373763)
I still remember when Flash was one of Android's selling points, now that the mobile variant is good and dead, it's not a big deal.

In my experience, mobile Flash was generally garbage, and worst case scenario, there was an app for it (TSN has one), or the devs bent over backwards to make the site iPhone-compatible.

It wasn't garbage, the phones available just weren't powerful enough to run it. Now they can run any flash video.

iPhone has its definite strong points, but websurfing is a much more enjoyable experience on newer Android phones.

LickTheEnvelope 12-08-2012 07:26 PM

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Originally Posted by Psycho Dad (Post 56376481)
It wasn't garbage, the phones available just weren't powerful enough to run it. Now they can run any flash video.

iPhone has its definite strong points, but websurfing is a much more enjoyable experience on newer Android phones.

Since my Note-2 Iphone Screens are just too small.

Milan the God* 12-08-2012 10:44 PM

Not sure about videos off an NHL website. TSN videos do work, though.

Why not head into the nearest Apple Store and try one out for yourself?

Hunter Gathers 12-09-2012 02:07 PM

It all comes down to if you want a big screen or not, IMHO.

If you don't want or don't need a 5" screen, then there is not a single better phone on the market than the iPhone.

If you want a larger screen, then you should look elsewhere. That's about what it comes down to.

Jek McPorkins 12-11-2012 12:07 AM

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Originally Posted by Jonathan. (Post 56397011)
It all comes down to if you want a big screen or not, IMHO.

If you don't want or don't need a 5" screen, then there is not a single better phone on the market than the iPhone.

If you want a larger screen, then you should look elsewhere. That's about what it comes down to.

I'd say that it all depends on whether you are 100% happy playing by Apple's rules. If you are... No contest. iPhone. If you're not... No contest. Android.

Hunter Gathers 12-11-2012 07:31 PM

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Originally Posted by Psycho Dad (Post 56443399)
I'd say that it all depends on whether you are 100% happy playing by Apple's rules. If you are... No contest. iPhone. If you're not... No contest. Android.

I'm not "100% happy playing by Apple's rules" and neither are a lot of iPhone users out there. Hence why jailbreaking exists. They would rather not abandon the superior product.

LickTheEnvelope 12-11-2012 08:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jonathan. (Post 56397011)
It all comes down to if you want a big screen or not, IMHO.

If you don't want or don't need a 5" screen, then there is not a single better phone on the market than the iPhone.

If you want a larger screen, then you should look elsewhere. That's about what it comes down to.

Except Iphones are pretty bad phones...

They are kind of the average everything now with the most expensive price-tage. I'll give them ease of use I suppose, but that lead is pretty narrow now.

Since I work with cellphones I had a whole company today that was supposed to be upgrading to Iphone 5's from 4's. Changed their minds when they found out apple completely overhauled all the iphone chargers and went with Samsung's instead, mostly because they realized with the space they needed on the phones for internal storage (often taking pictures in areas they might now be able to upload to cloud right away) the iphones would be $300 each more than the Samsung S3's and they could buy many many many expandable micro sd's for that price.

LWnumber09 12-13-2012 09:47 PM

I got the Skyfire browser, Ive used it to watch streams and such before, you gotta pay for it though

nightfighter 12-13-2012 11:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jonathan. (Post 56397011)
It all comes down to if you want a big screen or not, IMHO.

If you don't want or don't need a 5" screen, then there is not a single better phone on the market than the iPhone.

If you want a larger screen, then you should look elsewhere. That's about what it comes down to.

My HTC ONE S has a 4.2" screen and it's every bit as good as the iphone.

Anyways, don't want to spark a debate. It's too bad the Iphone 5 and iOS 6 didn't have more of a wow factor. I was going to upgrade my wife's 3GS to the 5 this january but now I might just wait until the next iteration (if she doesn't drop it and break it before that happens). Surprisingly she's been telling me she wants an android phone because she's tired of apple.

Back to the google maps on iOS for a bit. The features aren't anything new (from a google maps on other platforms perspective) but I really like how they've cleaned up the interface and menus. Hope they do the same for android's maps soon. And if this is any indication for google's next youtube app I'm excited.

Hunter Gathers 12-15-2012 05:10 PM

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Originally Posted by LickTheEnvelope (Post 56465111)
Except Iphones are pretty bad phones...

:facepalm:

God are Phandroids annoying. Just as obnoxious as Apple nuthuggers.

Theosis 12-15-2012 07:04 PM

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Originally Posted by Jonathan. (Post 56572001)
:facepalm:

God are Phandroids annoying. Just as obnoxious as Apple nuthuggers.

Yeah, I don't get why people say iPhones suck or Android phones are superior and whatnot. It's a phone. I have an iPhone 5 as well as a Nexus 4 and a Samsung S3. I don't really think any of the phones are superior to the other... They're all pretty damn good phones.


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