December 16, 2012 Leave a comment
Smartphones and other handheld devices contribute substantially to the overall viewership of any website. Latest estimates show that it is not long before the mobile Internet users are slated to have more stake in the website usage from their desktop and laptop counterparts.
In such a scenario it would be a cardinal sin to ignore the mobile users when it comes to development of a website. Thus one of the most important stages is making a website mobile friendly is to test it for different smartphone platforms and other handheld devices. Let us take a look the importance of mobile phone emulators when it comes to designing websites.
- A mobile phone emulator allows you to check the responsiveness and functionality of the mobile websites across different mobile platforms such as iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, iPad etc.
- Mobile emulators pinpoint the problems and issues concerning the website and allow you to take corrective measures to make the website visually appealing and functional on smartphones and other hand held devices.
- A mobile emulator eases the process of website testing and does away with the technique of testing the website on different devices. The developers can test the website on a virtual mobile interface with all the functionalities available on a device.
- Testing through mobile emulators works perfectly on touch based phones and the traditional QWERTY based smartphones.
There are a number of mobile phone emulators available in the market and here we’ll take a look at some of the most popular among them.
As the name suggests, this is one of the most popular mobile emulators which is used for checking the compatibility of a website on the iPhones. All that you need to do is enter the URL of your website into the search box and get a real-time preview of how it would appear on an iPhone.
This is surely one of the most popular mobile phone emulators that is being used by a large number of developers. The greatest advantage with this tool is that it tests the compatibility of the website across a large number of platforms including Samsung, iPhone, BlackBerry etc.
iPad is surely the most acclaimed tablet available in the market and to ensure that your website is compatible with iPads you can try out iPad Peek. It will replicate the appearance and functionality of your website on an iPad.
This is one of the best preview tools as it allows you to see how the website would be rendered by a number of mobile devices apart from the traditional desktops and laptops. You can customize it the way you would like to test your website under various categories. This is a must have emulation tool due to its wide coverage of platforms.
This works similar to Gomez and allows you to enter the URL of your website and test the website along different parameters including Page Test, Markup Test and Site Test. What makes it even more powerful than Gomez is the fact that it checks many other parameters such as dotMobi compliance and W3C mobile compliance, offering detailed error reports. It also has a comprehensive code checker which comes in handy.
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