Of the myriad mobile sites and services on the horizon, those that capture my fancy are the ones that serve the most practical of purposes.Â Needless to say, when I learned of PhoneFavs, a mobile optimized web portal and online bookmarking service designed for cell phones and portable gadgets, I was instantlyÂ intrigued by the prospect of gaining mobile access to my frequently used and abused bookmarks.
According to the site, PhoneFavs “allows you to view and use your bookmarks on a mobile device in an easy to use small screen format. You can store, organize and share your bookmarks and access them on any device, anywhere. You can even import your existing bookmarks from Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari and del.icio.us.”
Perhaps most conveniently, PhoneFavs additionally provides a mobile web directory, a mobile software store, and a mobile web transcoder that “mobilizes” more elaborate, larger web pages for optimal viewing on a small cell phone screen.
- Favs Portable Bookmarks: PhoneFavs lets you keep a list of bookmarks online in a mobile friendly format. Your Favs can be tagged, searched, shared and mobilized at your convenience. PhoneFavs’ bookmarking utility works best in combination with your primary desktop computer. With the browser buttons in place, you can easily save sites you might want to bookmark or visit later on your mobile device.
- PhoneFavs Mobilizer: The Mobilizer is a mobile transcoder that automatically adapts standard web pages for better viewing on a mobile device. It removes most images and formatting for greatly improved readability and faster load times. An icon on your Favs list will open your saved Fav with the mobilizer or you can enter any website address from the PhoneFavs homepage to browse the web in a small screen friendly format.
- Directory: The PhoneFavs mobile link directory includes over 300 handpicked sites optimized for use on mobile phones. There are over 25 categories and subcategories of destinations and you can suggest a site if we don’t have it listed.
- Mobile Software: PhoneFavs offers a mobile optimized software store. The store offers thousands of free downloads and commercial titles for many popular smartphones including devices running Palm OS, Windows Mobile, BlackBerry and Symbian (Nokia S60) platforms. Customers can download free trials and even purchase applications right from their handset.
Although it is customized for mobile access, PhoneFavs is said to work best in conjunction with a desktop browser. The PhoneFavs browser buttons allow users to quickly bookmark webpages or other content of considerable length and store it on PhoneFavs for viewing on your mobile device at a later time.
In addition to being free and able to safeguard the privacy of the sites visited and content saved, PhoneFavs is easy to use and a quickly addictive tool.
VisitÂ pfavs.com with your web browser and check it out for yourself.