CNET Top 5
Worst mobile Web sitesThese sites suck if you're trying to get to them on your smartphone.
Welcome to CNET Top 5, where each time we meet, we count down another hot CNET list. I'm Tom Merritt. Daniel Cruz wrote me an e-mail recently asking, "Have you ever did a CNET top worst mobile sites? If not, I will gladly tell you the main one. Hotmail.com." Daniel thinks it's just awful. So I asked you folks out there, as well as our smartphone expert Bonnie Cha, just which mobile Web sites are the worst. We found 5 considered to be worse than Hotmail. Let's count 'em down. At No. 5, Digg.com. This one surprised me because the headline browsing is pretty good. But you folks who responded from Twitter and Facebook hated it. You want the full experience of the Digg commenting and social engine! Digg fans demand better! Coming in at No. 4, NBA.mobi. How do you make a site specifically for mobile and not have it fit the phone's screen. Plus, Bonnie says it "looks like crap" and I kinda agree. Up to No. 3, United Airlines at ua.flightlookup.com. Mobile airline sites aren't always the greatest, but this one is the worst of the bunch. It's just harder to use and find information with it than it is at other airlines. Sliding in at No. 2, AAA.mobi. This pains me too, because I'm a big fan of the Automobile Association of America. But the roadside assistance link just gives you a phone number--no other info--and entering info for driving directions was an exercise in pure frustration. Before we get to No. 1, an acknowledgment. We received a lot of suggestions for this Top 5. Turns out most mobile sites actually suck. And while you seem to like a lot of CBS Interactive mobile sites, not all were exempt from your disdain. Which CBSi site received the most votes? Hint: it wasn't CNET and it only got two votes. Be one of the first 10 people to guess correctly on our posting at blog.cnettv.com and you could win this beautiful 'Star Wars Episode 1' Electronic CommTech Reader...thing. I don't know; it's mobile. And it's signed by the CNET mobile team, who are working hard to make all our mobile sites better. All right. Let's get to our No. 1. The worst mobile Web site that you may ever have the unfortunate experience of browsing on your phone. At No. 1, it's...any site with Flash. This is a huge problem for phones that don't have Flash capability, like the iPhone. But even phones with FlashLite have issues. I don't know how many restaurant sites have lost me as a customer because they had no text version of their Web site. This broken box does not entice me to eat at your establishment, watch your movie, or anything else! Well, that's it for this edition of CNET Top 5. Don't forget to guess which CBSi site you didn't like and win the 'Star Wars Episode 1' CommTech Reader. Go to blog.cnettv.com to play. I'm Tom Merritt. See you next time.