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AWS Device Farm vs BrowserStack: What are the differences?

Developers describe AWS Device Farm as "Test your app on real devices in the AWS Cloud". Run tests across a large selection of physical devices in parallel from various manufacturers with varying hardware, OS versions and form factors. On the other hand, BrowserStack is detailed as "Instant access to a lab of 1000+ real mobile and desktop browsers for testing". Live, Web-Based Browser Testing Instant access to all real mobile and desktop browsers. Say goodbye to your lab of devices and virtual machines.

AWS Device Farm can be classified as a tool in the "Load and Performance Testing" category, while BrowserStack is grouped under "Browser Testing".

Some of the features offered by AWS Device Farm are:

  • Test on the same devices your customers use
  • Fix issues faster and delight your users
  • Simulate real-world environments

On the other hand, BrowserStack provides the following key features:

  • Real Device Cloud. Test on a range of physical Android and iOS mobile devices and tablets for the most accurate results
  • 1100+ desktop browsers. Latest versions of IE, Edge, Safari, Chrome, Firefox and more on a range of Windows and OS X platforms on a robust cloud infrastructure
  • Test dev environments. Our Local Testing feature allows you to test development and internal websites seamlessly, without setup or configuration

According to the StackShare community, BrowserStack has a broader approval, being mentioned in 577 company stacks & 238 developers stacks; compared to AWS Device Farm, which is listed in 5 company stacks and 3 developer stacks.

Advice on AWS Device Farm and BrowserStack

I am looking to purchase one of these tools for Mobile testing for my team. It should support Native, hybrid, and responsive app testing. It should also feature debugging, parallel execution, automation testing/easy integration with automation testing tools like Selenium, and the capability to provide availability of devices specifically for us to use at any time with good speed of performing all these activities.

I have already used Perfecto mobile, and Sauce Labs in my other projects before. I want to know how different or better is AWS Device farm in usage and how advantageous it would be for us to use it over other mentioned tools

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Jaymie Falconi

BitBar's Dedicated Devices would be a great option for you. It allows you to dedicate (reserve) devices for your use only which also having access to all of the devices in the shared cloud. BitBar has the features and integrations that you are looking for as well.

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Stability - Just works. Availability - More than 15 datacenters. Enterprise features like SSO, local testing and SOC2/GDPR compliant.

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Pros of AWS Device Farm
Pros of BrowserStack
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    1000 free minutes
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    Pay as you go pricing
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    Multiple browsers
  • 71
    Ease of use
  • 60
    Real browsers
  • 40
    Ability to use it locally
  • 23
    Good price
  • 17
    Great web interface
  • 15
    IE support
  • 13
    Official mobile emulators
  • 12
    Cloud-based access
  • 11
    Instant access
  • 8
    Real mobile devices
  • 5
    Selenium compatible
  • 5
    Multiple Desktop OS
  • 4
    Can be used for Testing and E2E
  • 4
  • 3
    Pre-installed developer tools
  • 3
    Video of test runs
  • 2
  • 2
    Webdriver compatible
  • 2
    Supports Manual, Functional and Visual Diff Testing
  • 2
    Many browsers
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    Cypress Compatible
  • 1
    Free for Open Source

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Cons of AWS Device Farm
Cons of BrowserStack
  • 1
    Records all sessions, blocks on processing when done
  • 1
    You need to remember to turn airplane mode off
  • 2
    Very limited choice of minor versions

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What is AWS Device Farm?

Run tests across a large selection of physical devices in parallel from various manufacturers with varying hardware, OS versions and form factors.

What is BrowserStack?

BrowserStack is a leading software testing platform for developers to comprehensively test their websites and mobile applications across 2,000+ real browsers and devices in a single cloud platform—and at scale.

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What are some alternatives to AWS Device Farm and BrowserStack?
Xamarin Test Cloud
Run your app on our huge (and growing) collection of real devices from around the world. Select devices based on form factor, manufacturer, operating system, or even popularity in your target market. We’re adding over 100 devices every month, and if there’s a specific device you need, we’re taking requests.
Firebase is a cloud service designed to power real-time, collaborative applications. Simply add the Firebase library to your application to gain access to a shared data structure; any changes you make to that data are automatically synchronized with the Firebase cloud and with other clients within milliseconds.
Xamarin’s Mono-based products enable .NET developers to use their existing code, libraries and tools (including Visual Studio*), as well as skills in .NET and the C# programming language, to create mobile applications for the industry’s most widely-used mobile devices, including Android-based smartphones and tablets, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
Sauce Labs
Cloud-based automated testing platform enables developers and QEs to perform functional, JavaScript unit, and manual tests with Selenium or Appium on web and mobile apps. Videos and screenshots for easy debugging. Secure and CI-ready.
It enables developers and testers to perform automated and manual testing of mobile apps and websites on real devices. Modern DevOps and Quality environments require apps to be tested on hundreds of device/OS/browser combinations. Managing an in-house device-lab is expensive, resource intensive, restrictive and very manual. Kobiton allows for instant provisioning of real devices for testing with automated or manual scripts, and also allows current on-premise devices to be plugged in to form a holistic testing cloud.
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