First impressions of the Deepfish browser for Windows Mobile

We first told you about the new preview of an innovative new browser from Microsoft Labs called Deepfish a couple of weeks ago.  Deepfish uses a browser application and a server side service for presenting whole web pages in their native layout to Windows Mobile devices, even those with very small screens like the Dash that I am using.  I finally snagged a copy from the limited preview and have been using it for a few days and I have to say it really rocks on the Dash.  There is something very cool to see a huge web page like our front page on jkOnTheRun that pops up very quickly on the little Dash screen.  It’s a preview of the page but it quickly becomes intuitive to move the zoom box around to exactly where you want it, push the button on the D-pad, and see the window zoom in almost instantly.  You can scroll around while zoomed or you can zoom back out with one button and move the zoom box around again.  That’s what I like about using Deepfish, you can browse sites easily in a number of ways that fit what you’re trying to do.

I’ve encountered no problems with the program itself although sometimes the server will return an error when I guess the server is busy.  If I wait a few minutes and try again I can get through.  It’s a preview version so there’s not a lot of features built in, you can’t use your existing favorites in Mobile Internet Explorer for example, but the browsing experience is very nice.  I don’t have a good way to capture screens of Deepfish in action but since Josh Bancroft posted a video of it you can see it do its magic in the video.  I can’t wait to see this go gold with a rich feature set, this makes the browsing experience one of the best I’ve seen on the small screened Smartphone like the Dash.  On the latest MobileTechRoundup which should go live soon Matt Miller discusses how similar Deepfish is to the S60 browser on many Nokia phones and I’m really anxious to hear Matt’s thoughts when he gives Deepfish a try.

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