Introducing our "Open Test Lab" for mobile device testing

Roy Tomeij by Roy

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. Inspired by the suggestion for a local test lab at the Mobilism conference earlier this year, we decided to give it a go and ordered 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 to Windows Phone. We have a desk set up with a 24" screen attached to a Mac Mini running Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Opera and Internet Explorer 7, 8 & 9 (using VirtualBox). Feel free to hook up your laptop to the screen too.

While testing, help yourself to a beverage from our fridge or some great coffee. We're conveniently situated in the center of Amsterdam. To check availability, simply contact us by mail.

Our current collection

  • Google Nexus 7 tablet (Android 4.1, to be delivered August 27)
  • HTC Desire (Android 4.0)
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (Android 3.1)
  • HTC Explorer (Android 2.3)
  • Acer Allegro Black (Windows Phone 7.5)
  • BlackBerry Curve 9320 (BlackBerry OS 7.1)
  • iPad 3 (retina, iOS 5.1.1)

The iOS and Android devices have Adobe Shadow installed.

Although not part of the collection and not always available, there usually are an iPhone 4, 4S and/or iPad 2 around at the office running a recent version of iOS. No guarantees on availability for these devices though.

Please note that we keep all devices in a safe when not in use, so don't bother stopping by for some late night shopping ;-)

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 running on iOS 4 and an iPhone 3GS. So far we have been promised a BlackBerry Playbook and an iPhone 3G, which is awesome.

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