Building mobile applications and designing mobile sites are some of the hottest topics in tech in 2009. It's no secret that the iPhone is the mobile platform with the most momentum in terms of applications - mostly due to the simplicity and usability of its user interface.
Smashing Magazine has put together a showcase of top Web designs optimized for the iPhone. Keep in mind that these are not iPhone apps. These are Web pages designed for the iPhone's 320x480 screen. Apple sometimes refers to these as iPhone Web Apps. Here's how Smashing Magazine describe the iPhone-optimized Web sites:
Then Smashing Magazine provides a collection of what its editors consider the best and most usable Web designs optimized for the iPhone screen. It divides them into five categories:
Each category includes links and screenshots to the top sites in each category. For example, check out the designs below from the MIT mobile site, the NBC mobile site, and the site pleasefixtheiphone.com.
The other thing Smashing Magazine offered was a list of links to tools that can help developers design sites for the iPhone:
Also see the following TechRepublic articles:
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Jason Hiner is Global Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and Global Long Form Editor of ZDNet. He's co-author of the book, Follow the Geeks.