Emulate, simulate Firefox user agent switcher https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/59/ Opera Mini http://www.opera.com/mobile/demo/ Blackberry http://na.blackberry.com/eng/developers/resources/simulators.jsp iOS SDK http://developer.apple.com/devcenter/ios/index.action Android SDK http://developer.android.com/sdk/index.html Fennec emulator http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/mobile/download/
Field testing “Results indicate that conducting a time-consuming field test may not be worthwhile when searching user interface flaws to improve user interaction” -Anne Kaikkonen, Aki Kekäläinen, MihaelCankar, TittiKallio, and AnuKankainen Journal of Usability Studies, Issue 1, Volume 1
Field testing redux “In the field-based evaluation we identified significantly more usability problems and this setting revealed problems with interaction style and cognitive load that were not identified in the laboratory.” It’s Worth the Hassle! The Added Value of Evaluating the Usability of Mobile Systems in the Field -Christian Monrad Nielsen, Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction; Vol. 189
Near field advantage I’m guessing many of your colleagues and friends have smartphones….test with them first! Especially useful for basic functional testing!
Functional testing Mobile OK Checker http://validator.w3.org/mobile/ MobiReadyhttp://ready.mobi/launch.jsp?locale=en_EN
Lab testing Simulated and/or HTML prototype utilize desktop computers Lab devices ( you supply) expensive, difficult BYOP (Bring Your Own Phone) recruitment challenges
Resources A Guide to Usability Testing an iPhone app http://www.usabilitynews.com/news/article6496.asp 10 Excellent Tools for Testing Your Site on Mobile Devices http://sixrevisions.com/tools/10-excellent-tools-for-testing-your-site-on-mobile-devices/#more-4121