Mobile Testing - Device Types


Mobile devices are typically handheld computers. They have many variants based on their characteristics such as physical dimension, hardware and software capability, what are they meant for, etc.

Take a look at the following table. It differentiates tablets, e-book readers, and smartphones based on their characteristics.

Device Tablets E-book Readers Smartphones
What it is Tablets are portable computer devices. Unlike traditional computers, they don’t have keyboards or mouse, however the entire screen is touch sensitive. E-book readers—also called e-readers—are similar to tablet computers, except they are mainly designed for reading e-books (digital, downloadable books). A smartphone is a powerful mobile phone that is designed to run a variety of applications in addition to providing phone service.
Used for Almost all the jobs which we can do with traditional computers or desktops. Reading e-books Web browsing, watching videos, reading e-books, and playing games
Example Samsung Tablets Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook. Sony smartphones, Samsung smartphones, Apple iPhone.