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    What mobile browser testing software do you use?

    Wow - can't believe I'm the first person here! (And, no, I wasn't told about the forum before everyone else!)

    I'd like to know what PC software you use to test mobile websites? Opera has a very good emulator. There's also decent Firefox Mobile emulator, but so few people have that browser...

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    Opera Mini is the only one I've had a play with so far.
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    I use online tools to validate my sites and it has built in emulators:

    http://ready.mobi

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    Please give me where can I download firefox mobile emulator?

    thanks

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    See the links at the bottom of this page...
    http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/mobile/platforms/

    Unfortunately, Firefox Mobile is available on so few devices, it's hardly worth testing. Hopefully, that'll change.

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    Thank you very much


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    Alex - you're a hero! Many thanks.

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    Wow, what a great list. We should make a sticky out of it

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexDawson
    Thanks Alex. Worked well on the skewed maze. I've now made a maze with perspective as I saw Paul Hayes' 3D Cube (http//www.paulrhayes.com/experiments/cube-3d/index.html) work on the iPhone. Just tested the cube on the ibbdemo and there's no perspective. Works with the other filters though
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    Thank you very much alex!

    great! great! great!!!


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    can any one tell me how can we make samsung mobile applications........coz i have all ready tried Apple i phone and made a application to some extent........

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrwordsworth View Post
    can any one tell me how can we make samsung mobile applications........coz i have all ready tried Apple i phone and made a application to some extent........
    This tread is actually about a mobi site. But, that depends on what Samsung platform the phone is running. I would say J2ME would be a good option, depending on whats needed

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    Quote Originally Posted by IamAdam View Post
    MobiOne is awesome
    I don't like MobiOne for a very simple reason, it's probably the most bloated piece of junk on the planet. Yes the emulator does work, and it will emulate the devices, but so does iBBDemo (which does both iPad and iPhone), and the difference is that where as iBB is only 13MB... MobiOne is 130MB! Totally unnecessary bloat.

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    hi there,opear mini is good as compare to firefox mobile emulator

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    Thank You Alex, it is a Great List . I hope one day we can see on browser emulator for all brands.

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    Alex,

    Great list, but missing a few key points:

    1. Missing browsers:
    - Opara Mobile (very different from Opera Mini).
    - Samsung Bada OS (although not too popular yet)
    - Skyfire
    - Bolt

    2. Nokia browsers differ a lot:
    - Symbian / S60 Webkit (with many different versions)
    - Maemo Nokia N900 (their new one)

    3. You also need to test on many different versions of each OS.
    - Blackberry before 4.6 = utter ****
    - Blackberry 4.6+ = ****
    - New Blackberry OS 6 = should be very good, not actually tested yet.

    4. Also, I never trust emulators. Luckily I have all of the relevant devices myself. A few old phones picked up from eBay + a few of my own + girlfriend's devices, I can actually test on all of them (tip: ensure they have wi-fi then it's so much quicker and free).

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    johnsmith153, I just provided it as a general list and I certainly am not testing the devices for everyone - it's up to each individual to determine how much testing and what types they require, though it's worth stating that Opera Mobile, Skyfire and Bolt have NO emulator (which makes linking to one rather hard).

    PS: Ceeb, I wrote an article on mobile best practices and the list at the base of the article is even bigger than this one with plenty more devices to test on

    Links at the base: http://sixrevisions.com/web-developm...est-practices/

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    I had a client that said they had issues with iPad on a site I was testing. Has some Javascript and Jquery running on it, with animations etc.

    iPhone / iPad: http://www.puresimstudios.com/ibbdemo/

    Although when I run the site through this emulator I find that it works fine... Any thoughts.

    Whats the best way to view iPhone/iPad webpages.. Can you use the SDK? I only have Windows atm, however could borrow my sisters laptop, which would be rather inconvenient to here

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    (1) Emulators are rubbish, don't use them. Buy or borrow a real device. I bought a Windows Mobile 6.1 from eBay for £20, an Andorid for £100 and a Blackberry 4.6 for £100 (and all are excellent quality devices in good condition - I even use the Android as my own phone now).

    Key point: you must buy all devices with Wi-Fi, don't bother connecting with 3G for testing as too much hassle / swopping sim cards etc.

    (2) iPad testing: buy an iPod Touch series 1 (Wi-Fi) off eBay, can't be very expensive. I find if it works on this then it'll work on all the other Apple devices after it (iPhone 1-4 / iPad etc). That said, I actually do test on a real iPad though.

    Maybe you can borrow an iPod Touch or iPhone from somebody? Most people I know have one.

    (3) Alex Dawson, here are emulators for Bolt and Opera Mobile to add to your list:
    http://boltbrowser.com/demo/
    http://www.opera.com/developer/tools/

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnsmith153 View Post
    (3) Alex Dawson, here are emulators for Bolt and Opera Mobile to add to your list:
    http://boltbrowser.com/demo/
    http://www.opera.com/developer/tools/
    Awesome, It's funny how there's never been a universal emulator list for mobile devices (at least pre what I put into the article).

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexDawson View Post
    hey you missing the best
    http://boltbrowser.com/home.html

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    Thanks, I was wondering what tools people were using to test websites for mobile development.

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    I am using Mozilla Firefox mobile emulator in my device which is good and easy to operate.


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