Back in November, we put out a call to local developers to help us build up The Salt Mines Device Lab. Today, we’re reporting on the success of that call by announcing the device lab is officially open for business! If you’re a Central Ohio designer or developer looking to test your design, web site, or application out on a range of Internet-connected devices, we invite you to stop in and put your work through their paces in our lab. In fact, we’ve been putting the lab to good use ourselves.
Yesterday, we launched a slightly redesigned version of The Salt Mines site, with a much greater focus on the site’s responsive layout. The original site didn’t behave very well when used on a lot of mobile platforms, and the device lab really helped us track down and correct a lot of these problems so that the site looks great no matter what size screen you have.
And our device lab has a lot of screens. Thanks to the donations of several local developers, as well as some generous hardware manufacturers, The Salt Mines Device Lab is up to thirteen unique mobile devices spanning across iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone platforms. Specifically, here’s what we have in the lab, available to any local developer or designer to test with:
|Amazon Kindle Fire||Android 2.3||600 x 819 / 1024 x 395||Team Soell|
|Amazon Kindle Touch Wi-Fi||Kindle 5.1.2||600 x 800||Team Soell|
|Apple iPad (1st generation)||iOS 5.1.1||768 x 1024||Team Soell|
|Apple iPad (4th generation)||iOS 7.1||768 x 1024 @ 2x||Anecka|
|Apple iPhone 3GS||iOS 5.1.1||320 x 480||Shirlene Newbanks|
|Apple iPhone 4||iOS 6.1.3||320 x 480 @2x||Team Soell|
|Apple iPhone 4s||iOS 7.0.4||320 x 480 @2x||Team Soell|
|Apple TV (3rd generation)||Apple TV OS 6.0||1080p / 720p||Team Soell|
|BlackBerry Curve 8320||BlackBerry OS 4.5||320 x 240||Team Soell|
|BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha B||BlackBerry OS 10.0.10.263||720x1280||BlackBerry|
|BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha C||BlackBerry OS 10.1.0.1022||720 x 609||BlackBerry|
|BlackBerry Playbook||BlackBerry Tablet OS 126.96.36.1994||600 x 1024||BlackBerry|
|BlackBerry Z10||BlackBerry OS 10.0.9.348||720x1280|
|Google Chromecast||1080p / 720p|
|Galaxy Nexus||Android 4.3||720 x 1280||Josh Boles|
|Google Nexus 4||Android 4.4.2||384 x 519 @2x||Rory Garand|
|Google Nexus 5||Android 4.4.2||1920 x 1080||Coming Soon!|
|Google Nexus 7||Android 4.4.2||1920 x 1200||Device Lab Supporters|
|HTC Evo 3D||Android 4.0.3||960 x 540||Visible|
|HTC Inspire||Android 2.3.7||320 x 508 @1.5x||Rory Garand|
|HTC myTouch 4G||Android 2.1||320 x 480||Josh Boles|
|HTC One||Android 4.4.2||1920 x 1080||Coming Soon! - via We Are Glitterati|
|HTC Sensation 4G||Android 2.3.4||540 x 960||Josh Boles|
|Leap Motion||Leap Motion|
|Nintendo DS Lite||Nintendo OS||256 x 384||Team Soell|
|Nokia Lumia 520||Windows Phone 8||480 x 800|
|Nokia Lumia 800||Windows Phone 7.8||480 x 800||Microsoft|
|OUYA||Android 4.1||1080p / 720p||OUYA Developers|
|Raspberry Pi Model B|
|Samsung Galaxy S||Android 2.2.1||480 × 320||John MacAdam|
|Samsung Galaxy S4||Android 4.4.2||1920 x 1080||Postali|
All of the Android, iOS, and Kindle devices also have Adobe Edge Inspect installed on them, so if you have an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription you’ll have an even easier time testing your work out in our lab. We’re planning on putting a video demonstration of how this works together in the near future, but if you’re big into responsive web site development and improved user experience testing, you’ll want to check it out. Additionally, if you’re developing apps for the iOS, Android, BlackBerry 10 or Windows Phone platforms, our lab is also available for OS compatibility testing.
If you already visit The Salt Mines for coworking, take a minute to check out the lab the next time you’re in. If you’re not a coworking member and you’re interested in the lab, you can schedule some time to use it anytime Monday through Friday, 9am to 6pm.
We’re excited to offer this resource to the Central Ohio design and developer community. Spread the word so that we can help each other make our work the best it can be!