The trouble with the wonderful Symbian browser

An interesting title I suppose… but a particular issue with the fantastic Symbian browser is that it is greets web servers as a full – not mobile browser. While this feature lets you browse the full page of sites – something I really like – it also prevents you from being able to login to the mobile version of a site or service automatically.

Here’s the current browser string you’ll see from your logs if you watch …

Safari 2.0
Mozilla/5.0 (SymbianOS/9.1; U; en-us) AppleWebKit/413 (KHTML, like Gecko) Safari/413

I suppose it would be easy enough to pick off the Symbian bit in order to redirect you to the appropriate mobile URL, but I’ve yet to find anyone who’s doing this. Instead you need to know that you’ll need the mobile URL in advance.

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