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Emulators: The Way to Test your Mobile Web Development

The world is rapidly changing, but are you ready for the future? In the fast changing world, people get more and more hook to what we call mobile surfing. It is a technological term pertaining to the attitude of Internet user checking out different websites using mobile devices. According to Gartner, an information technology research and advisory company, mobile phones will overtake PCs as the most common web access device worldwide this year. Users are prepared in the typical way of accessing websites. That is why many businesses are adapting to mobile web development. Thus, a successful mobile websites should undergo to a process of testing. Developers use not only word of mouth, but most especially emulators or simulators, when it comes to testing developed mobile websites.

By definition, emulators are software applications that can accurately imitate another mobile phone or device which seems like the interpreter of different functions ( When it comes to mobile web development, these are applications that are used in trying new developed mobile site.

Here are just some of the most used emulators in testing mobile websites that will help developers see what the design will look like on various mobile devices:

Pixmobi Mobile Phone Emulator v2.0

Being the first CMS dedicated to the creation of websites adapted for all mobile devices, they offer more than just emulation. With their integrated mobile emulator, developers can see a fully adaptive mobile website in different mobiles before publishing them.

Cell phone terminals that can be tested in Pixmobi:
>> Apple iPhone 5 (640×1136-OS 6)

>> Apple iPhone 4 (640×960-Mac OS X)

>> Apple iPhone 3GS (320×480- OS 2.1)

>> Samsung GT i9100 (Galaxy S2- mdpi:320×533- Android 2.3)

>> Samsung GT i5700 (Galaxy Spica- 320×480- Android 1.5)

>> RIM BlackBerry 8900 (Curve- 480×360- RIM OS)

>> HTC HD2 (480×800- Win 6.5)

>> HTC Touch Diamond (480×640- Win CE)

>> LG U970 (Shine- 240×320)

OperaMini Simulator

Being known as one of the most popular web browser, it became a great challenge for Opera Mini to adapt in almost all web browsers and now mobile websites. You can use Opera Mini’s Simulator to test your mobile website or even other gadgets depending on the screen size. It is easy to install that lets you test mobile development straight from your website. They have various versions for Windows, Mac and Linux.

Cell phone terminals that can be tested in Opera mini mobile emulator:

>> Opera Mobile Emulator 12.1 for Windows

>> Opera Mobile Emulator 12.1 for Mac

>> Opera Mobile Emulator 12.1 for Linux

QuirkTools Screenfly

This emulator allows you to view your mobile website on a variety of devices, not in latest versions of web browsers—Firefox, Safari, or Chrome—but also different screen and resolutions. Most mobile phones have a zoom feature displaying the entire page, screenfly can use proxy server to mimic devices while you view.

Cell phone terminals that can be tested in Screenfly:

>> Motorola RAZR V3m (176×220)

>> Motorola RAZR V8 (240×320)

>> Blackberry 8300 (320×240)

>> Apple iPhone 2&4 (320×480)

>> LG Optimus S (320×480)

>> Samsung Galaxy SII (320×533)

>> Apple iPhone 5 (320×568)

>> Samsung Galaxy S3/4 (360×640)

The Responsinator

This emulator is designed to test responsive websites on different device resolutions. It is an effective tool also in testing your mobile website design adapting to the user’s viewing mode. The mobile website will not be exactly as the imitation of your site but this can be one way to test the functionalities.

>> Apple iPhone 3+4 (320×480)

>> Apple iPhone 5 (320×568)

>> Crappy Android (240×320)

>> Android (Samsung Galaxy) (380×685)


With mobiReady testing tool, developers can easily evaluate mobile-readiness providing results for the whole site. Complete tests with page and file sizes, redirections, pop ups, codes, style sheets, graphics and images. It has a free report that will determine the performance of your site on mobile devices.


Since the birth of mobile phones, people tend to make the most out of it. That is why it is important for your company to adapt to what these changes bring. These are just some points when it comes to developing your mobile website. Testing before launching is a better way to produce a mobile website that is worth the while. If it is still easy to navigate even in the mobile phones, probably, a successful website will be seen in the palm of mobile users’ hands. Thinking of another useful tool for testing mobile website design? Don’t hesitate, let us know about it.

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  • John Murphy

    Testing creates more accurate things. So, if your test your mobile web development skills as well, it will help you do your projects better than what you are doing now. What an idea!

  • Web Outsourcing Gateway

    That is definitely true, it is your way to measure accuracy of your product while changing functions which are currently not working the way it should be.