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AP: Wii Opera browser so simple, even grandma can use it

April 19, 2007

Quote from an AP article regarding the Wii Opera-powered browser:

“Nintendo’s Internet Channel, developed by Opera Software, is so simple even your computer-phobic, “Wii Sports”-loving grandma can use it. It has a nice, flexible zoom feature that keeps text readable no matter how big you make it, and it’s easy to bookmark or scroll around pages with the Wii remote. The only drawback is the lack of a keyboard, which makes typing web addresses a hassle.”

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  1. Wouter van der Graaf
    April 19, 2007 at 4:34 am

    Do you have to zoom in and constantly scroll left-right-left to read text columns that are wider than the screen? That doesn’t seem grandma-friendly to me.

    It’s probably the only right way to handle fixed size websites, but what about liquid sites? Websites with a liquid layout are build for variable viewport widths.

    As I’m not yet owning an Opera-powered Wii, I can only give my opinion on what I’ve read and heard:
    1. It’s a shame Wii-Opera forces liquid sites to scale to 800px width and doesn’t handle them like desktop-Opera does.
    2. I think the smart zoom feature from desktop-Opera would be more user friendly when dealing with liquid websites.

  2. Joar
    April 19, 2007 at 11:17 am

    As far as I know Wii Opera will NOT let you scroll left-right-left… The smart-zoom feature built in zooms in to the width of the column you are zooming at, if possibe. The smart-zoom feature is new to Wii-Opera, and not featured in desktop Opera.

  3. April 20, 2007 at 1:44 pm

    I’m believe grandma could use a Wii, but we can’t. Tried four shops and two web-sites yesterday but no joy. Still does not seem to be easily available in the UK.

    Birthday on the 30th so still time to buy the desired present!

  4. Jadd
    April 24, 2007 at 5:38 am

    Wish I could say the same for Opera on the desktop platform.

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