Smart Phone Browser Emulator
February 15, 2011 8:49 AM   Subscribe

I want see how various sites will look on various smart phones. Is there an online emulator that can do this?

Surprisingly, googling:
Smart phone browser emulator
provides little help.

Basically, I'd like to find somewhere where I I can type in a URL and it will show me what that URL would look like (and preferably function, but just looks is fine) in the browser on, say, an iPhone, a Droid X, a Blackberry... actual size.

WinWap seems to be only for browsers in feature-type phones, not smart phones.

Any ideas?

Thanks in advance!
posted by sandra_s to Computers & Internet (5 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
here ya go.
posted by By The Grace of God at 8:56 AM on February 15, 2011

Link didn't post:
posted by By The Grace of God at 8:57 AM on February 15, 2011 [1 favorite]

There's Device Anywhere, though it's not an emulator.
posted by zamboni at 8:59 AM on February 15, 2011

For the price of a free developer account, you can see what your stuff looks like on a bunch of different Nokia phones using remote device access. Not all of the the phones have SIM cards in them, so you might have to reserve in advance, but it can be done.

This is an actual phone making an actual request to your actual website, not some emulated thing.

Surely other manufacturers have similar things..
posted by wierdo at 11:05 AM on February 15, 2011

There's the dotMobi emulators but they are also feature type phones. BrowserCam now has Device Capture but I'm not aware of any better online options. The best approach, short of buying devices, may be to just download the emulators:
  • Android - it's all freely downloadable, once it's installed you need the 'virtual devices'
  • Blackberry Developer Zone - has SDKs for various different devices which include emulators, you need to register to download but registration is free. Install is Windows only (or it was when I last tried it ~2 years ago), but once everything is extracted and installed it looked to me like the emulator images themselves could be moved to anything with JRE
  • Palm Pre - lets you download a VirtualBox image of a Pre which can run anywhere you can install VirtualBox

posted by robertc at 5:10 PM on February 15, 2011

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