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Appium

Appium is well suited when you need to write automation tests with low costs. It's very simple to start up, configure and run. It doesn't depend on the application platform and is portable to many programming languages like Java, Ruby, etc. If you have a team of developers and SDETs and you need to increase the code coverage simply and fast, Appium is your best choice.
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BrowserStack

If you need to test websites on a device that you do not have readily available, BrowserStack is a great solution. Its ability to let you inspect the code from the browser makes testing and doing QA on sites easier. It's difficult to see any errors from an iPhone, for example, on the device itself, but BrowserStack allows to you to inspect that code just like you would on a desktop browser. If you need to test across every device very quickly, this may not be the best solution. The slowness in switching devices can be frustrating when you are on a time crunch. In the case of my department, it solved a real need that we had to see exactly what our customers are seeing and be able to resolve any device issues for them.
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Pros

  • Crossdevice: With Appium you can automate tests for Android and iOS both. There is no need to learn more than 1 language.
  • Easy: It's really easy to configure and use appium; it's very useful when you're testing strategy is based on "developers write tests".
  • Open Source: It's such a nice strength of appium, because you don't need to pay to use a good tool like Appium is.
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  • It's great for finding a popular browser on desktop or mobile
  • It's reliable and runs without glitches
  • It has useful options for customizing how you view the browser or device you are working with
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Cons

  • There are a number of expected methods that are not implemented, yet. With a similar sounding name as Selenium with similar functions, people who are familiar with Selenium try to use methods that appear to be available, but give a "not yet implemented" exception when run.
  • Documentation can be confusing.
  • Setup was a difficult process. This may not necessarily be the case once you figure everything out, but the whole figuring it out process was difficult and I ran into many, many problems when I first started.
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  • Occasionally I've run into issues with their mobile emulators crashing before fully loading a page.
  • I'd love to see the ability to test your site on a screen reader. Think of how much that could do for accessibility concerns.
  • The Issue Tracker feature is nice in that you can take screenshots from a specific browser/device, but can sometimes be a bit buggy.
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This is a must-have product in the digital design industry. If you cannot tell your customers right away that their website will be compatible with multiple browsers, devices, and operating systems, they may just turn away. This tool saves thousands of dollars, not only in how it improves efficiency within the workflow, but also saves on costly hardware that would otherwise be required to test digital design.
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Alternatives Considered

Hard to compare Appium to Xcode and Android sdk because Appium uses them, but those are the only comparisons I could come up with to compare Appium with another product. I'm sure there may be other mobile automation tools, but none are as mainstream as Appium or with the support. You will need to install both Xcode and Android sdk to have Appium function.
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Before using BrowserStack, we had limited access to virtual machines for testing. Booting up each of these devices was time consuming and difficult to manage when multiple users needed to test. BrowserStack opened up our testing to more devices, being accessible by anyone who wanted to test from their own PC. Sauce Labs offers similar tools and pricing, but we got hooked with the free Internet Explorer testing on BrowserStack and stuck with it.
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Return on Investment

  • Open-source tool
  • No negative impact as investment required only for scripting of test cases
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  • Increased employee efficiency by improved testing workflows.
  • Eliminated or reduced bug fixes after a design is live.
  • Increase brand strength and customer loyalty in the digital design and digital development market.
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Appium

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Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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BrowserStack

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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