Nomad Device Lab is a shared community pool of internet-connected devices.
It is free to use for testing purposes by web and app developers.
The Lab is a collection of mobile devices that helps you do better mobile testing and build better products for a wider range of people. It's Cape Town’s answer to Clearleft’s Test Lab; a community device lab, organised by Steve Barnett of Naga. Read about what this device lab is about, or keep up to date with Open Device Labs around the world at Open Device Lab.com.
Internet access across the world is increasing at a rapid pace. The change is especially noticeable with mobile devices. Many people have no fixed-line access to the web, instead relying on their mobile device. The web being used across a wider range of software and hardware than ever before.
In order to provide the best product to users and clients, it’s necessary to design for and test across a wide range of platforms. Small screen devices with patchy network connectivity and lower-spec hardware are the most exciting and the most challenging of these. Mobile Operating System and browser emulators offer a reasonable way of testing layout, but can suffer from errors or differences in performance and behaviour from the real thing. The best way of testing is to get hands-on and use the site as your users will: on actual devices.
Nomad Device Lab is a travelling, curated, collection of mobile devices.
It helps you to do practical and efficient testing and better understand how your users experience your product.
A travelling lab.
The lab is open to the community at locations around Cape Town.
If you would like to host the lab for a day or half day session, we'd love to hear from you.
A curated collection.
The devices in the lab are selected to match market growth and penetration, with a slant towards South African trends. The selection is based on research and statistics and is regularly, but not frequently, updated. This means that testing on the devices in the lab covers a broad range of your users.
Portable, internet-enabled, devices: not traditional desktop computers. The lab contains feature phones, smartphones, tablets, and will contain whatever comes next.
A practical and efficient means of testing.
The curated collection means that the number of devices is kept small enough that testing can be done across the full range in a short period of time. The community aspect of the lab means that other developers will be around to share knowledge and information about the various platforms.