Earlier this week Nilay Patel of The Verge published an article about how “The Mobile Web Sucks”, which caught my attention, as I had written about the mobile web’s woes just a few days before.
But although both our articles argued that reading content on the mobile web can be less than ideal, our reasoning diverged when it came to explaining why. Whereas I argued that the issue is the web’s broken monetization and advertising model, Nilay argued that the issue is performance, and more specifically, “the performance of Mobile Safari”. Or in longer form:
“The entire point of the web was to democratize and simplify publishing using standards that anyone could build on, and it has been a raging, massively disruptive success for decades now. But the iPhone’s depressing combination of dominant mobile web marketshare and shitbox performance means we’re all sort of ready to throw that progress away.”
I don’t often take time out of my day to defend Safari, but in this case I feel the great need to take a few minutes to explain why Nilay’s argument is wrong, or at the very least off base.