Mobile and Tablet Emulation

Since it would not be feasible to buy every popular mobile device on the market today to test applications, it is necessary as a developer to find ways to emulate various viewports. Until recently, I used Opera’s emulator that allowed the selection of device profiles from a dropdown menu. It worked fairly well though it was a little clunky.

Within the last few of months, I came across the site MobileTest.me, which is the best solution I’ve found to date for testing website behavior on mobile and tablet devices from a desktop. It’s simple, easy to use and faster than the previous methods I used. Selection of devices is limited but covers the most popular devices, such as Apple’s iPhone 5, HTC One, Google Nexus 7, Nokia Lumia 920, iPad mini and Samsung Galaxy Y.

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MobileTest.me is built by developer Vangelis Bibakis for developers and is in private beta mode. There is a waiting period to register which is about a week. Use of the emulator is currently free, though subject to change following the “beta” phase.

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