Mobile website testing

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Our web team love a challenge and testing our websites on the huge range of mobile devices out there is most certainly a challenge!
A quick look at our Google Analytics data shows that in the last 30 days 14.9% of our website visitors were using a mobile (including tablets such as the iPad) From those 14.9% there were a total of 109 different devices, made by 15 different manufacturers.
So what were the top 10 devices used to access clicky.co.uk in June 2013:

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  • Apple iPhone (42%)
  • Apple iPad (38%)
  • Samsung Galaxy S3 (3%)
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (1.68%)
  • Samsung Galaxy S2 (1.6%)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (1.3%)

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  • Google Nexus 4 (1.2%)
  • HTC Sensation XE (1.1%)
  • Nokia Lumia 800 (1%)
  • Amazon Kindle Fire (1%)
  • Other (8.12%)

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Now to make sure our website looks good for each of these devices we have made our website responsive, which essentially means it re-jigs itself to fit the screen size of the device being used to access it, ensuring it is easy to use and read.
The next thing to consider is the range of different browsers each device may be using.  This can be a challenge as a Samsung Galaxy S comes with both Google Chrome and a Samsung browser which both behave slightly differently and as such the website may look different.
So what do we do?
There is no easy answer!  There are mobile device testing tools such as http://screenqueri.es which can simulate each device but it cannot fully replicate any issues as it uses the browser you are using to render the website but with a restricted screen-size to match each device. This is fine for quick fixes but the best way to test each website we produce is to open your website on each device (and each browser) and make sure it works properly.
Here at Clicky Media we do just that.  In our web department we have our very own testing area with all the major devices (covering over 95% of popular devices) which means our web team can quickly open your website and navigate around to iron out any issues.
Note: The mobile devices our web developers currently test your website on are:

  • iPhone 4/5
  • iPad 2/3
  • Samsung Galaxy S3/4
  • Samsung Tab 2
  • Blackberry Q5
  • Kindle Fire HD
  • Nokia Lumia
  • HTC Desire

Written by Oli Yeates

CEO/Founder

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