'The Web' is constantly changing, and one of the most important aspects is that it has escaped the 'desktop' and is now accessed from, well… a very wide range of devices.
Testing is an important and crucial part of designing and developing for the web these days. Listen. Repeat: Testing on real devices is an important and crucial part of designing and developing for the web these days. Diverging resolutions, varying user behaviors and differences in browser or OS combinations can neither be simulated nor ignored anymore. The best way to test new concepts of user interaction like touchscreens and gestures is to, wait for it, Test On Real Devices!
The ODL Frankfurt follows Jeremy Keith's (and also many others') initial idea of providing a wide array of devices which allows local developers to test on real appliances without breaking the bank, in turn asking them to contribute knowledge or leave their spare or test devices at the lab for others to test.
We're building a diverse collection of different web-enabled devices, aiming to cover a wide range of brands, models, OS's and combinations thereof.
By contributing a device you will help to ensure that using the web will become a better experience - for yourself, your site's visitors and everybody else. Just send us an email or ping us on twitter.
Wenn Ihr also ungenutze, alte, nicht-mehr-ganz-so-hippe, Geräte besitzt, wäre es großartig, wenn Ihr dieses als (Dauer)Leihgabe unserer Sammmlung zur Verfügung stellen würdet. Superidee!
Beyond our infinite gratitude and the opportunity of feeling good about yourself while supporting the local webdesign/webdevelopment community, the name and logo of your company will be implemented in the webpage as well as in the lab. Your beloved old device will be part of the ongoing improvement of everybody's user experience, and live happily ever after with it's newfound friends.
Our device park exhibits bought, sponsored, lent or private devices. Currently we're looking for Samsung- and Blackberry devices (old and new), and Windows phones.
|No.||Type||Manufacturer / Model||OS||Display||Device w/h in px*||Device pixel ratio*||Availability||Contributor|
||Daxian H6666+ (S308)||Android 4.0.4||3.8"||320 x 508||1.5||on site|
||Apple iPad 2||iOS 6.0.1||9.7"||768 x 1024||1||on site|
||Apple iPod Touch (2nd generation)||iOS 4.2.1||3.5"||320 x 480||1||on site|
||Samsung Star II (GT-S5260)||Samsung OS (?)||3"||240 x 285||1||on site|
||HTC Desire||Android 2.3.7||3.7"||320 x 533||1.5||on site|
||Huawei Ideos X3||Android x.x.x||3.2"||320 x 391||1||on site|
||RIM Blackberry PlayBook||RIM 22.214.171.1248||7"||600 x 1024||1||on site|
||Nokia Lumia 900||Windows Phone 7.8||4.3"||480 x 800||1||on site|
||Nokia Asha 311||Nokia OS||3"||240 x 336||1||on site|
||Nokia Lumia 620||Windows Phone 8||3.8"||480 x 800||1||on site|
||Google Nexus 7||Android 4.2.1||7"||800 x 1280||1.33||on site|
||HTC Flyer 7"||Android 2.3.x||7"||600 x 928||1||on site|
||Eastcom THK 98||Android 4.1.1||4"||800 x 311||1.5||on site|
||nextbook nextbook 7||Android 4.0.4||7"||444 x 800||0.75||on site|
||Samsung Wave 533||Bada 1.1, Dolfin Browser 2.0||3.2"||240 x 400||1||on site|
||Apple iPhone 3GS||iOS 6.1.6||3.5"||320 x 480||1||on site|
||Apple iPhone 4||iOS 6.1.4||3.5"||320 x 480||2||on site||
||Archos 70b||Android 2.1||7"||480 x 800||1||on Site|
||Xiaomi (mi) JFD A9||MIUI Android 4.1.1||3.2"||320 x 452||1.5||on site|
||LG E430 Optimus L3 II||Android 4.1.2||3.2"||240 x 320||0.75||on site|
||ZTE Open C||Firefox OS 1.3||4"||320 x 533||1.5||on site|
||RIM Blackberry Curve 8520||RIM 4.6.1314||2.46"||240 x 320||1||on site|
||Apple iPad 4||iOS (latest version)||9.7"||768 x 1024||2||upon request (private property)|
||Apple iPhone 5S||iOS 9.3.5||4"||320 x 568||2||on site|
||Apple iPad mini||iOS (latest version)||7.9"||768 x 1024||2||upon request (private property)|
||Dell Inspiron 8600||Windows XP||15.4"||1680 x 1050||1||on site|
||Apple iBook FireWire/SE||OS X 10.3||12.1"||800 x 600||1||on site|
||Amazon Kindle Fire HDX (3. Generation)||Fire OS 4.5.2||7"||600 x 960||2||on site|
||Motorola Moto G (2. Generation)||Android 5.0.2||5"||360 x 640||2||on site|
||Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini (GT-I9195)||Android 4.4.2||4"||360 x 640||1.5||on site|
||Apple iPhone 3G||iOS 6.1.3||3.5"||320 x 480||1||on site|
||Microsoft Lumia 640||Windows Phone 8.1 (Lumia Denim)||5"||640 x 360||2||upon request|
|*) css-resolution (device-width/ device-height) in px as measured with http://mqtest.io|
The Open Device Lab is open to local webdevelopers and -designers.
If you would like to test on our devices: Email us at email@example.com or ping us on Twitter and make an appointment a few days in advance. We're located in Frankfurt-Bornheim, close to the subway, bus and train station "Bornheim Mitte", at the office of BNT.DE Gesellschaft für interaktive Medien, Löwengasse 27E, 60385 Frankfurt, and usually we're present Monday to Friday between 11:00 and 19:00.
The use of the devices here is free of charge. We are, of course, pleased if testers provide other devices to the fleet as a permanent loan and thus support the idea.
In general, you have to distinguish two cases:
Somebody uses the devices and infrastructure (WLAN) here in the Open Device Lab Frankfurt, in order to independently test a website on the present devices. In this case, use is free of charge.
If you have established an Open Device Lab we can offer you a subdomain at
[location].opendevicelab.net. Don't hesitate to contact us. The easiest way would be a redirection to the url of your website (it's not working for subpages like
companyname.com/yourodl.html), but we can also provide a nameserver a-name record.
We do not host any kind of data and we will delete the redirection as soon as we find out that it's not an Open Device Lab website we're redirecting to. Just sayin'.
As of 26.8.2014 our top level domain "opendevicelab.net" points towards the server of "opendevicelab.com", subdomains not included.
Test devices, know-how transfer, hardware and software, money, word-of-mouth - there are many ways you can help us if you like.
Come testing, share knowledge, and maybe bring one of your own old test devices along - we'll happily add it to our library.
Developers need test devices to enhance their applications and by doing so enhance the user experience on these devices, which in turn benefits the manufacturers of these devices. We're looking for manufacturers who are willing to provide test devices for our ODL.
You are a business owner, perhaps dealing in hardware or software, or web sevices - then you may support us with tools and devices needed for our infrastructure. Or maybe you're in contact with other potential supporters. Maybe we can work out a financial sponsorship and welcome you as a partner?
Even if you're not at all into this web- and mobile thing, we'd be happy for your support, maybe by treating your old and dust-gathering device (mobile phone, smart phone, tablet, game console etc pp) to a new life as a test device in our ODL, or just by spreading the world and get us some publicity, everything helps :-)