Today, mobile design is just as important as web design itself. Think about it, a majority of us are connected to our smartphones. According to the Pew Research Center, 64% of American adults own a smartphone and that 67% of cellphone owners are constantly checking their devices even when they haven’t received a text or call.
So it only makes sense that web designers and developers optimize their websites to be mobile friendly. After all, if your site looks disorganized on people’s smartphones, then they won’t stay for long to look at the important contents your site has to offer.
For this reason, online mobile emulators—which allow developers to check out their web design on various smartphone devices online—have become an important tool for those wanting to increase their website’s visibility.
To help you choose which online emulators are top notch, we’ve handpicked 5 of the best ones available.
The name of this free and easy-to-use emulator is fitting because it’s to the point. No fuss, no confusion. You simply choose a cell phone terminal in the listbox on the website and then type the website address to begin testing.
Tip: It would be helpful to know the actual screen size of the mobile device you will be testing. A prompt screen will allow you to choose different measurements.
The sleek interface of Screenfly will make your testing process a breeze. Just type in the address of the website you would like to test out, then choose which type of tablet or cell phone you want to view it on.
This platform can be deceivingly minimalist, but it gets the job done. All you have to do is type in the URL to your website, whether local or online (they both work). Then use the controls to adjust the width and height of your viewport to find the exact breakpoint widths in pixels. This is great for developers who are trying to create a responsive design.
Just as the name suggests, this emulator focuses on designs that are optimized for iPad variations. The interface is sleek and responsive, just like the iPad. If you want to test out your company’s app, this is also a great platform to do testing.
This is one of the most popular emulators online. It has great reviews from users, because it’s easy to use, even for novices. It has all the tools you need to test out your website or app on any kind of smartphone, as well as tablets like the iPad Mini. The list of devices you can emulate for testing is always updated as new products come into the market.