We hear the question all the time: Should we use emulators or real devices?
The answer may seem so obvious… Of course using real devices for testing is always better than using emulators! But it’s a topic that comes up a lot and it is always beneficial to our customers to answer this question with specific reasons why this is the case.
Here are three reasons why using a mobile testing emulator is limited in helping you deliver quality apps:
1. End Users Use Real Devices
Mobile users use small screens, with hardware, RAM and other unique attributes that necessitate using actual devices for testing specific use cases and behaviors. Emulators really only mimic clicks and movements on desktops. If you want to test for real usage, you must use real devices.
2. Emulators Don’t Account for OS Differences
Emulators do not cover actual conditions such as popups, notifications, OS notifications, battery usage alerts, and more. Real devices must be used for the best and widest test coverage.
3. Innovative Use Cases Coverage
There are so many complexities involved with app usage and engagement per user across operating systems that it really is necessary to test these cases on actual devices throughout the app lifecycle process.