Smartphones and other handheld devices contribute substantially to the overall viewership of any website. Latest estimates show that it won’t be 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 in making a website mobile friendly is to test it on different smartphone platforms and other handheld devices. Let us take a look at some of the best tools available to you
Opera Mini is surely one of the most popular mobile web browsers and thus it is important to check the compatibility of the website using Opera Mini Simulator. Using this you can take corrective measures on your website if any major errors exist.
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.
Responsinator is one of the best mobile phone emulators out there. Simply enter the URL and the website will display your website on multiple mobile platforms in both protrait and landscape modes for iPhone 5, 6, iPad and my favorite “Crappy Android Device” :p
Screenfly is one I rarely use but it’s very popular among web developers because of the range of devices including large screen televisions and oldest of mobile phones. Unlike Responsinator, Screenfly uses a dynamic window that adjust to your settings
6. Firefox’s Responsive Design Mode
Firefox comes with a basic resolution adjuster in its Developer Tools (F12) that yo can use to adjust the screen size and emulate mobile phone resolutions. Pretty handy if you ask me.
7. Chrome’s Device Mode
Chrome too comes with a Device Mode in its Developer Tools (F12) that is a bit more useful than Firefox’s. The device mode has several phone and tablet presets along with custom resolutions. Besides that Chrome also offers Network throttling which you can use to emulate the internet speed of the internet users including GPRS (50kbps), EDGE (250Kbps), 3G (750Kbps), WiFi (30Mbps) and more