When a client says “I want my site to look good on mobile devices”, it’s a lot harder to test these days than it used to be. It used to be that Windows Mobile IE and Opera were the only browsers you really had to care about. These days there’s the iPhone, Blackberry, the old IE, the new IE, Android, Opera, and who knows what else?
My dilemma is thus: how do I manage to test my sites in all of them? There are sites that purport to have emulators, but they’re never really up to snuff. It’s not beyond reason that I could get the hardware for each of these. As far as I know, I could get phone models with wifi to represent each of those browsers, without having to get cell plans. That’s quite the layout for testing though, especially when they’ll be obsolete in a year.
In the process of writing this it occured to me that a peroidic web developer’s meetup might fit the bill. If we got enough developers, we could probably get a sample of each of those browsers, and pass them around, testing. I’m not just talking about looking at it, and see if it works, but rather spending 30-60 minutes with an iPhone or Droid checking, tweaking, checking, tweaking etc.
Anyone want to loan me their phone?