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    Mobile Phone Emulator(s)

    I need to check how our website looks and performs on various mobile phones (phones that can connect to the 'real' internet, not wap) I've been looking for an emulator to test the site on but I'm coming up empty.
    Does anyone here develop sites for mobiles, if so, what platform do you use for testing?

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    Small Opera

    ... phones that can connect to the 'real' internet, not wap


    I did some Googling around, but that turned up precious little; looks like your best bet would be to try Opera: Making Small Devices Look Great.
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    Thats pretty much what I came up with... ie nothing.
    Operas advice is to make your browser window smaller and turn your mouse upside down, which is fine for how it looks, but not how it performs and only really applies to mobiles that use opera (which is relatively few). I found an ie for small devices emulator from nokia but I cant get it to work - every site I try returns a 502 error.
    Bah!

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    Phones, PDAs, XDAs...

    I'm afraid you'll have to take their other advice and watch the result on the actual devices; I'm afraid you've got some expensive shopping to do...
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    Quote Originally Posted by ronaldb66
    I'm afraid you'll have to take their other advice and watch the result on the actual devices; I'm afraid you've got some expensive shopping to do...
    heh, well if my boss wants to know that it works on mobile devices, he can buy me some
    Best I've got is my psp. My crappy phone has a browser but only for their 3G crap, I dont think it even has WAP

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    I've been playing around with a Style Sheet from a Nokia
    website (but don't remember that site) ...

    Here's my experiment so far: http://www.catpin.com/ssr

    View the Style Sheet ... also notice the media type.

    <link rel="stylesheet" href="ssr_catpin.css" type="text/css" media="handheld, screen, projection" />

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    The issue with that is not all phones have the same screen size or even ratio. You've used a fixed size, so on phones with a larger or smaller screen it wouldnt work right.

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    I think what happens is the person has to move around, as the
    phone becomes like a window viewing a large page. So when you
    visit a regular website, you only see a small piece until you scroll
    around.

    I wonder if it's different for each phone. Some have horizontal
    scrolling and some don't. I hope there will be a standard.

    I'm still looking for a way to detect screen size.

    EDIT:
    If the phones allow some Javascripting, this might be a possibility:
    http://www.javascriptkit.com/howto/newtech3.shtml



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    OpenWave contains an emulator, and so does the Nokia Mobile Internet Toolkit.

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    why not try to format it at 100% width.... that will make it fit on the phone:P

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    Dead thread

    Please do not dig up old, dead threads unless you have something worthwhile to contribute to it; the issues around mobile devices unfortunately reach a little further then "set it to 100% width".
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    Smile Useful resource for testing mobile website content

    Hi, I know this thread is old, but it does feature quite highly in a Google search for Mobile Phone Emulator so thought I'd add this link.

    http://web.redevelopments.co.uk/mobile-phone-emulator/

    It's a free resource to help web designers and developers test their mobile sites in a variety of screen widths and heights emulating a mobile device.


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