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Testing designs on mobile devices

September 24, 2009

In addition to testing web designs, web applications etc. on various browsers, mobile devices are now part of the mix. And of course, like browsers and screens, none are the same size or apply standards the same way. Which means that testing on them just adds further complexity to an already complex task. You can’t possibly purchase all possible devices out there, so you need to use tools to emulate them. But where to find them?

Jennifer Farley has written an article for SitePoint where she does brief reviews of six tools, including:

  • Device Anywhere
  • MobiReady
  • Opera Mini (emulates the Opera browser)
  • W3C Mobile OK Checker (checks if your site is mobile-friendly)
  • dotMobi Emulator
  • iPhoney (specific to iPhones)

Her full article is here: Six Tools for Testing Designs on Mobile Devices. Some of the comments offer further suggestions, so don’t forget to check them out too.

[Links last checked July 2009]

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