nomis5 - 9:53 pm on Feb 5, 2013 (gmt 0)
I've been down both paths and if you want it to look reasonable on much smaller formats you need responsive design. Fixed layouts that simply resize turn to muck real fast when the view port exceeds the design limitation while a responsive design nicely degrades to properly fit.
That strikes me as weird. A mobile needs a completely different design and emphasis on the content displayed - responsive design is a halfway house. G recommend responsive design because it takes away all their problems of duplicate content, don't pander to THEIR needs.
Responsive design is unlikely to produce a design and content which is best suited to mobiles - the needs of mobile user are quite different from those of a desktop user.
Using clever CSS to muck around with, what is essentially the same content, is a waste of time in the long run.
A separate mobile site takes time and effort but in the end that is what is really needed if you want to attract the maximum amount of mobile users.