Mobile Open Device Lab – Now Open

Mobile Open Device Lab – Now Open

While emulators can give some indication of what your web app will look like, nothing beats holding an actual device in your hands. Swiping with your finger instead of a mouse, noticing your JavaScript being way too heavy for some phones or seeing that nice @font-face font not being loaded after all. Knowing the struggles we had while building mobile sites and trying to test them, we bought, begged, borrowed and scrounged up a bunch of mobile devices. But, why keep them to ourselves?

Our growing collection is available by appointment to anyone who wants to test on a variety of physical devices, from Android to iOS to BlackBerry. We have a conference room set up with a 34″ screen attached to a Windows 7 laptop running Safari, Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer 9. In addition we have MacBooks, Windows 8, a variety of BlackBerry simulators and even iPad/iPod/iPhone simulators.

While testing, our facilities are available to you, from video conferencing to our kitchen. We’re conveniently situated right at the intersection of I-75 and I-285 in Atlanta. To check availability, simply email the mobile device lab.

Our current collection

  • Samsung Admire (Android 2.3)
  • BlackBerry Q10 (OS 10.1)
  • BlackBerry Playbook (OS 2.0)
  • BlackBerry Playbook (OS 2.1 – we have 2 of these)
  • BlackBerry Storm2 (BB OS 5.0)
  • BlackBerry Torch (BB OS 6.1)
  • BlackBerry Bold 9930 (BlackBerry OS 7.1)

  • Google Nexus 7 tablet (Android 4.1)
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 (Android 2.3)
  • iPad 1 (iOS 5.1)
  • iPad 3 (iOS 6.3)
  • iPod 3G (iOS 4.3)
  • iPod 4G (iOS 5.1)
  • iPod 4G (iOS 6.0)

The iOS and Android devices have Adobe Shadow installed.

Although not part of the permanent collection and not always available, there usually are an iPhone 4, 4S and/or iPad 3 around at the office running a recent version of iOS plus usually at least some of the following (No guarantees on availability for these devices though sometimes we have some guest appearances.

Care to share?

We would love more devices for the public good! If you have usable devices gathering dust, do donate. The upcoming section on our website dedicated to the test lab will include your name and a link. We would love an iPad 1 or 2, an iPhone 3G/3GS, plus any Android devices (tablets and phones) and we are also looking for a BlackBerry Bold running 6.0 with Wi-Fi.

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