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The website is a horrible experience on my phone


#1

Continuing the discussion from Android app doesn't edit road dial correctly:

Now that’s something that should be fixed. (Though as @drtall says, not in the current fashion of mobile-like sub-par experience on all platforms.) But there are some commonly used pages that it’d be nice if they were ever-so-slightly more mobile-friendly.

A good first step in that direction would be to make it easy to go from app to website without having to actually log in. Single sign on / trusted redirection is not beyond our technical ability. One of the pain points for me (on iOS) is being in the app and then having to:

  1. open safari
  2. launch the website
  3. log in (often I’ve been forgotten and logged out)
  4. remember what I was doing
  5. locate the goal in the gallery
  6. open the goal’s page
  7. do the thing

It’s painful enough doing the last step on a small screen, but we make it so much worse by requiring all the previous steps…


Website keeps logging me out every few days
Android app doesn't edit road dial correctly
#2

Not to start a holy war, but I’d rather have all the features somewhere than fewer features everywhere. I’ve seen other companies make statements of the form “We can’t do feature X on our website because phones don’t do Y which X needs.” and it drives me batty. I spend 99% of my time on a real computer and about 1% on mobile. So having the entire experience dumbed down to accommodate mobile is frustrating.

YNAB is an example of a great product that is clearly intended as a desktop experience with a mobile companion for data entry. The mobile app can’t edit budget, import bank statements, or display analytics, but it is nicely polished for the subset of features it offers.


#3

That quote was in the context of the android app being a nice experience on my phone.

I dont know if it should be a high priority, given there are apps for android and IOS.

I don’t use the website on my phone because the app is nice.
I do prefer to use the website on my computer if I’m doing anything other than entering goal data or checking what’s red today.

I don’t care about magical single sign on I don’t mind typing in my password occasionally, longer cookie persistence would be nice though.