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Building a Device Lab: Choosing Devices

Building a Device Lab: Choosing Devices

Lara Hogan

June 20, 2014
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  1. Choosing Devices

  2. find your visitors’ devices

  3. None
  4. Device OS Version % Total Sessions Size Apple iPhone 7.1

    40% handset Apple iPad 7.1 7.9% small/large tablet Apple iPhone 7.0.6 4.9% handset LG Nexus 5 4.4.2 4.5% handset Google Nexus 4 4.4.2 4% handset Apple iPhone 7.0.4 3.2% handset Apple iPhone 7.1.1 3.2% handset Google Nexus 4 4.3.1 2.5% handset Google Nexus 7 4.4.2 2.1% small tablet Apple iPhone 6.1.3 1.5% handset
  5. Get the most bang for your buck

  6. focus on the 20% of devices that produce 
 80%

    of your traffic
  7. Device OS Version % Total Sessions Size Apple iPhone 7.1

    40% handset Apple iPad 7.1 7.9% small/large tablet Apple iPhone 7.0.6 4.9% handset LG Nexus 5 4.4.2 4.5% handset Google Nexus 4 4.4.2 4% handset Apple iPhone 7.0.4 3.2% handset Apple iPhone 7.1.1 3.2% handset Google Nexus 4 4.3.1 2.5% handset Google Nexus 7 4.4.2 2.1% small tablet Apple iPhone 6.1.3 1.5% handset
  8. cover your visitors’ screen sizes and operating systems

  9. Device OS Version % Total Sessions Size Apple iPhone 7.1

    40% handset Apple iPad 7.1 7.9% small/large tablet Apple iPhone 7.0.6 4.9% handset LG Nexus 5 4.4.2 4.5% handset Google Nexus 4 4.4.2 4% handset Apple iPhone 7.0.4 3.2% handset Apple iPhone 7.1.1 3.2% handset Google Nexus 4 4.3.1 2.5% handset Google Nexus 7 4.4.2 2.1% small tablet Apple iPhone 6.1.3 1.5% handset
  10. buggiest: Kindle, older Android

  11. Device OS Version % Total Sessions Size Apple iPhone 7.1

    40% handset Apple iPad 7.1 7.9% small/large tablet Apple iPhone 7.0.6 4.9% handset LG Nexus 5 4.4.2 4.5% handset Google Nexus 4 4.4.2 4% handset Apple iPhone 7.0.4 3.2% handset Apple iPhone 7.1.1 3.2% handset Google Nexus 4 4.3.1 2.5% handset Google Nexus 7 4.4.2 2.1% small tablet Apple iPhone 6.1.3 1.5% handset
  12. Does usage differ if you segment by audience region 

    or target market?
  13. combination of  touch and cursor

  14. retina/DPI

  15. Device OS Version % Total Sessions Size Apple iPhone 7.1

    40% handset Apple iPad 7.1 7.9% small/large tablet Apple iPhone 7.0.6 4.9% handset LG Nexus 5 4.4.2 4.5% handset Google Nexus 4 4.4.2 4% handset Apple iPhone 7.0.4 3.2% handset Apple iPhone 7.1.1 3.2% handset Google Nexus 4 4.3.1 2.5% handset Google Nexus 7 4.4.2 2.1% small tablet Apple iPhone 6.1.3 1.5% handset
  16. Device OS Version % Total Sessions Size Apple iPhone 7.1

    40% handset Apple iPad 7.1 7.9% small/large tablet Apple iPhone 7.0.6 4.9% handset LG Nexus 5 4.4.2 4.5% handset Google Nexus 4 4.4.2 4% handset Apple iPhone 7.0.4 3.2% handset Apple iPhone 7.1.1 3.2% handset Google Nexus 4 4.3.1 2.5% handset Google Nexus 7 4.4.2 2.1% small tablet Apple iPhone 6.1.3 1.5% handset
  17. purchasing devices

  18. used devices better- represent battery life

  19. wifi-capable vs. data plan

  20. eBay, Amazon,  local cell phone dealers

  21. our devices

  22. In our lab: • 12 Android phones (a range of

    operating system versions and major manufacturers) • 3 Android tablets (a range of screen resolutions) • 1 Blackberry phone • 1 Firefox phone (developer preview) • 5 iPads (including 1 mini, different generations)
  23. In our lab (cont’): • 5 iPhones/iPods • 1 Kindle

    Fires (range of screen resolutions) • 1 Windows Phone, 1 Windows Surface, 1 Dell laptop • 1 Google Glass, 1 Chromebook Pixel • 1 Raspberry Pi, and some Kubis
  24. More reading • Strategies for choosing test devices: 
 http://stephanierieger.com/strategies-for-choosing-test-

    devices/ • How to build a device lab, with a thorough first section on choosing and acquiring devices:
 http://dmolsen.com/2012/06/26/how-to-build-a- device-lab-part-1/