Opera Mobile Browser Emulator

Preview sites on a wide array of mobile devices.

We’re fully aware that our site isn’t quite optimized for mobile devices and we’ll get to it as soon as we finish up a slew of client projects. (We hope…)

So the general, hard-to-argue-with, consensus is that the mobile web will shortly take precedence over the ‘regular’, desktop web.  If you’re building sites and want to remain in-step with what real web-dynamos are doing, you’ll need to plan for that.

No more making excuses – design your sites and your client’s sites so that they’re accessible by the greatest number of people possible.  Responsive sites, mobile specific sites, there’s arguments for both – what can’t be argued with however, is that there is a need for this sort of planning, coding and designing.  The web is changing and you need to use all the tools at your disposal to do so.

Enter the Opera Mobile Browser Emulator.  I assume they’ll be updating the app as new devices are released, but already now it contains a decent list of devices to choose from, allowing you to preview your sites and web applications in a myriad of browser sizes.  Very, very useful.

There is a noticeable absence of iPhone configurations but for that you can use an iPhone itself (everyone knows someone that has one)  or you can spend a bit of money and get yourself a copy of xScope.  Unfortunately xScope only works in framing your design within the constraints of a mobile device, it doesn’t however allow you to preview a working copy of a site within it.  It doesn’t emulate Safari for iPhone, unfortunately.  (If you know of an app that does, leave a comment.)

Full credit for this find has to be given to the very resourceful folks over at Smashing Magazine.

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