- 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
- Response time is not as good as a locally installed VM
- Would like it to be easier to see a device fill the screen so it's easier to use
- Sometimes connection is glitchy and I have to reconnect
- Range of available devices allows you to test pages on all views and catch mistakes before pushing live.
- Range of available browsers allow you to find browser specific design elements.
- Pairing Devices with browsers
- Works a little slow sometimes depending on network speed
- Can run only one site at a time. It's not very flexible to switch from one page/site to another. Have to restart the view each time.
- Some complicated functionality may not work on the rendered screen, like complex design elements on pages may not render correctly.
- You can test backwards compatibility with older versions of browsers
- You can test Apple based Safari browser on a Windows PC and vice-versa
- You can test all major browsers from a single control point
- It would be nice to test multiple browsers at the same time
- Also have the ability to set up automated testing scripts/steps
- Cross-browser testing.
- Debugging existing issues.
- Testing environments sitting behind a network.
- Speed! It takes a long time to spin up especially if your company's network sits behind a firewall.
- An easier way to take screenshots and share them.
- Capturing videos would be very useful.
- Synching up with automation tests
- Testing on devices you do not have access to
- Testing on operating systems you do not have access to
- I think it could load a little quicker
- I'd like to see supporting of downloading native applications
- Provides popular screen resolutions for quick responsiveness testing without manually setting everything up yourself.
- Allows easy cross browser compatibility testing across all different browser versions.
- Achieves responsive design testing across all the key mobile and desktop platforms.
- Server performance when many users are testing seems to degrade over time.
- Cost depending on your team size and needs can grow higher than some teams are willing to dedicate for device testing.
- Less expensive options put caps on usage that can limit what can be accomplished on the testing platform.
- It has great device and operating system coverage. I don't think I have ever been in a situation where Browserstack didn't offer the configuration I was looking for.
- Offers a plethora of automation tools involving testing and screenshots using the API.
- Offers tools to automate responsive testing like their Responsive tool.
- When doing manual testing, it can be slow and cumbersome to start up VMs, especially Windows VMs.
- In some of the operating systems, copy and pasting as well as clicking can be slightly buggy at times.
- With responsiveness, you can view your site on a wide range of devices. There are so many devices, that to view them is nearly impossible without a tool like BrowserStack.
- In Live view, you can enter your website and select the various browsers you would like to test on. If even want to test on older browsers, you can. This helps you to view various browser tweaks that you may have to make.
- BrowserStack keeps its features up to date so that you can test on upcoming browsers and operating systems as well. This helps with future development.
- BrowserStack tends to be rather expensive and the free option is very limited. I'd like to see a unlimited free option if even for one person.
- I'd like to see faster response times on bringing in the site screenshots.
- The ability to test remotely on your machine, or test live sites in real-time across all devices and web browsers, saving money for your company.
- Test across the latest operating systems like Windows and Mac, without the cost of owning those operating systems.
- Solve cross-browser and device compatibility issues right out of the gate, saving you time and money down the road by eliminating programming issues after a project is completed.
- Provide a quality product for your customers right-away, improving your brand promise and solidifying your position as an expert in the field of digital design.
- Improves workflow as the last word in the quality of a digital design, allowing you to test site links and navigate as if you had the actual device in your hand.
- BrowserStack is missing the ability to listen to audio.
- There are times when testing sessions will crash in BrowserStack, especially when testing sites that are not live from your desktop.
- There is no monitor compatibility for the Samsung 4K monitor being pushed by Apple right now.
- It's a very well thought out service and quite easy to use. Different versions of browsers are grouped together by their operating system.
- BrowserStack goes way back, including ancient browsers like IE 6 (if you really want to see what your CSS/jQuery looks like in IE 6).
- Their plans allow for unlimited testing, which is a big advantage. Some similar services I've seen want to limit you to a certain amount of minutes.
- There is a nice selection of major mobile devices to use for testing.
- While I haven't used the local testing option, I can see how it would be useful for a lot of folks.
- 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.
Better suited to run from a desk top as opposed to a VM or sandbox due to the fact that the speed was significantly reduced through the VM.
We found the speed factor improved noticably when running Browserstack directly from desktop.
- BrowserStack enables testing against real browser versions - not just emulated user/agents screen sizes on different rendering engines that you get with browser debugging tools. Gives a real experience.
- BrowserStack allows for quick switching between devices and browsers. At the click of a mouse, you can jump between devices and the webpage you're looking at will be transferred to the new device. Speeds up testing.
- BrowserStack gives access to an entire device library for a simple subscription fee. Maintaining a collection of devices this big would be hugely expensive too. It saves money.
- BrowserStack allows automated testing, using familiar Selenium, to help speed up more involved testing programmes.
- Some mobile devices are emulated through desktop-level virtual machines.
- Running in a browser is helpful, but such complexity comes with occasional glitches which can be annoying.
Review: "BrowserStack is a great tool for any front end developer looking to support multiple Browsers/Devices"
- Implement and view designs across various browsers and devices
- Test throughly any broken features
- Making sure designer to developer flow was seamless and without any delivery issue
- Would tend to get slow at times. Could be the machine/network. Overall never had any big issues.
- Easy for organization to pay the costs. There could be a better subscribe method for individual developers outside of working at an organization.
- Can't really think of anything else.
BrowserStack Scorecard Summary
BrowserStack is a cloud web and mobile testing platform, which is used by more than 2 million developers across 135 countries. The product's value proposition is to help teams speed up release cycles and deploy websites and mobile applications that work seamlessly on any user interface.
Users can choose from more than 1,200 on-demand real mobile devices, browsers and operating systems and rely on a secure, stable and scalable infrastructure to support thousands of concurrent manual and automated tests. The goal is to reduce the time, cost and maintenance overhead associated with testing.
More than 25,000 global companies use BrowserStack, including Microsoft, ING, Mastercard, Dow Jones, Garmin, National Geographic, Volvo, NRK, HubSpot, Walt Disney and AngularJS, to name a few. BrowserStack has offices in San Francisco, Mumbai and Dublin, and is privately held and backed by Accel.
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