BrowserStack and real iOS device: Final comparison

bs vs ios testing

Mobile application testing methods can be different. We can use real devices, simulators or tools (for example BrowserStack, Sauce Labs). The test results may differ depending on the chosen test method. Each testing method has its advantages and disadvantages. 

We compared BrowserStack real devices and real iOS devices and listed, what we think are, the advantages and disadvantages of both methods.

Testing on BrowserStack real devices

In order to test the mobile app just as you would on a real device, it is necessary to choose the APP LIVE option.

The iOS app you want to test can be installed using one of these options : 

  • Install via TestFlight option 
  • Install via App Store option 

Testing on BrowserStack real devices PROS

  • There are a lot of available devices.
  • BrowserStack provides the possibility to rotate the device, change language, turn the internet connection on/off, change the location and see device info.
  • There is a possibility to switch between different device models easily, use zoom in/out option, use DevTools option – inspector on the right side, report a bug, setting session duration.
  • It’s possible to integrate with Jira, Confluence, GitHub or Slack.

Testing on BrowserStack real devices CONS 

  1. The application works slower compared to the real device.
  2. Using a mouse and keyboard on these devices is different from using a finger on the real mobile devices.
  3. It is not possible to use multiple devices at the same time.
  4. It is not possible to test the sound
  5. Your internet connection can affect the performance of BrowserStack.
  6. A lot of time is spent when connecting on the TestFlight (after choosing a device it is necessary to connect that device with test flight for the app installation)
  7. The possibility to use the camera is provided, but the only thing you see is a black screen.
  8. The essential factors such as battery discharge, overheating, and internal conflicts with other applications are not taken into account.
  9. It is not possible to access the Gallery (a problem occurs when trying to upload the image from the Gallery)

Testing on iOS real devices

In order to test the mobile app on the real iOS device, it is necessary to install that app.

The iOS app can be installed using one of these options : 

  • Install via TestFlight option 
  • Install via App Store option 

Testing on real iOS device pros

  1. Testing on real iOS devices is faster as compared to BrowserStack’s real devices.
  2. Provides to test mobile applications in a real environment.
  3. It is possible to evaluate test results for incoming interruptions such as push notifications, messages or calls.
  4. It is possible to evaluate the battery performance issues like battery drainage or overheating.
  5.  The screen resolutions and brightness of the device in various light conditions can be quickly tested.
  6. It is possible to test the camera and reproduce the sound.
  7. It is possible to reproduce real gestures.

Testing on iOS real device cons

  1. Buying different devices is expensive (not economical).
  2. Need to carry multiple devices wherever we go.
  3. Updating devices is a time-consuming process.
  4. Ensuring the availability of various devices for testing is very difficult. 

Conclusion

BrowserStack real devices are enough for testing mobile apps in the initial stages of development, and they are not reliable enough to release applications in the production stage. Testing on the real device gives an actual end-user experience. This is the most significant advantage because it is possible to see the exact behavior of the application that end users would see.

This article was written by Dijana Bogićević, QA tester @ RCMT IT Europe

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