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Samsungs new SGH-L870 is a pretty good phone - it has decent top end features in Symbian 9.3 and the latest version of the S60 interface, and has a lovely stainless steel body to boot.

But more interesting (and surprising) is the fact it also boasts Apple’s Mobile Safari browser, currently only available in the iPhone and iPod touch.

The Samsung L870 is not touch sensitive, so it’s unlikely the “pinch and zoom” function that has helped make Apple’s devices so popular will be ported over.

Mouse or mobile?

But the move does start to raise questions about whether the Safari mobile browser could become the programme considered when designing web pages.

If users are increasingly going to be viewing the internet without a mouse, hovering over stuff will become useless.

So therefore web designers may soon have to find a way to complete a page that serves both the PC and mobile user.

The Samsung SGH-L870 will be available in Europe around August this year.


Gareth has been part of the consumer technology world in a career spanning three decades. He started life as a staff writer on the fledgling TechRadar, and has grown with the site (primarily as phones, tablets and wearables editor) until becoming Global Editor in Chief in 2018. Gareth has written over 4,000 articles for TechRadar, has contributed expert insight to a number of other publications, chaired panels on zeitgeist technologies, presented at the Gadget Show Live as well as representing the brand on TV and radio for multiple channels including Sky, BBC, ITV and Al-Jazeera. Passionate about fitness, he can bore anyone rigid about stress management, sleep tracking, heart rate variance as well as bemoaning something about the latest iPhone, Galaxy or OLED TV.