The Hong Kong Open Device Lab is an effort to improve the quality and user experience of the web* by providing the local webdesign/developer community with a range of real devices for real testing.

The Project

The web around us is constantly changing and one of the most important aspects is that it has moved from the desktop to, well… a very wide range of devices.

Testing on these devices — real devices — is an important and crucial part of developing for the web.

The Hong Kong Open Device Lab follows Jeremy Keith's (and also many others) initial idea of providing a wide array of devices which allows local developers to test on real devices without breaking the bank.


I'm planning to build a diverse collection of different devices, covering the most common brands, models and OS's and combinations thereof.

If you, like most of us, have any old devices lying around and don't use them anymore, rendering them useless dust collectors, it would be great if you'd contribute them to the collection.

By contributing a device you will help ensure that using the web will become a better experience. For yourself and everybody else. Just send an email or hit me up on Twitter.

Available Devices

Manufacturer Model OS Contributor
Samsung Galaxy W I8150 (Wonder) Android 2.3.5 Zita Lo
Samsung Samsung Galaxy S (i9000) Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Hugh W.
Nokia E72 Symbian OS 9.3 Celina Chan
Nokia E50 Symbian OS 9.1, S60 3rd edition Javier Sampedro
RIM Blackberry 8700v BlackBerry OS Alexander Kaymer
Sony Experia X10i Android 2.6 Ti
Apple iPad 1 iOS 5.1.1 currently by request only
Apple iPad Mini iOS 6.1.3 currently by request only
Apple iPhone 6 iOS 9.3.5 Holger Bartel
Apple iPhone 4 iOS 6.0.1 Jon Fewtrell/Windvector
Apple iPhone 3G iOS 4.2.1 Holger Bartel
Apple iPhone 3G iOS 4.x MAMASAN
Apple iPhone 3G iOS 4.2.1 Holger Bartel
LG KS20 Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.0 Professional Javier Sampedro
Google/HTC Android Dev Phone 1 (HTC Dream) Android 1.0 Casey Lau
Geeksphone Keon (Developer Preview) Firefox OS Piotr Zalewa
Xiaomi Redmi MIUI V5, based on Android 4.2 Holger Bartel (upon request)
Xiaomi Redmi Note MIUI V5, based on Android 4.2 Holger Bartel (upon request)

Visit the ODL

Want to test your work? Anyone can visit the lab to test their work on the available devices. Just drop an email to or hit me up on Twitter a few days in advance to schedule an appointment. We are located in Central, Hong Kong a short walk from the Central MTR station.