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Posts: 48
Registered: ‎02-19-2011
My Device: Not Specified

Pros and cons of using actual device versus simulator.

Hi people, I am frustrated with using the simulator.  It is slow, buggy, and more buggy.  If I use a real backberry will I just be relpacing one set of gutaches with another?

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Posts: 4,764
Registered: ‎07-21-2008
My Device: Not Specified

Re: Pros and cons of using actual device versus simulator.

I would say that, as a rule, the debugger is faster and easier to utilize than the device.  Also, I can never have a physical device for every type and OS combination, so for me, the simulator is mandatory.

 

Of course, you should try it on the device and make up your own mind.

 

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Posts: 58
Registered: ‎09-22-2010
My Device: Not Specified

Re: Pros and cons of using actual device versus simulator.

I agree with what RexDoug said. But please also remind with the following information.

 

1. Some feature (like bluetooth) cannot test on the simulator only (without additionally accessory).

 

2. Sometimes (very seldom) the result obtain in the simulator is different with the result in a real device.

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Posts: 48
Registered: ‎02-19-2011
My Device: Not Specified

Re: Pros and cons of using actual device versus simulator.

I do not have a device at present.  Suppose I want to test on real devices.  Rather than buy one of each model and/or OS combination, is there a company that will do testing for me on all these devices? 

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Posts: 723
Registered: ‎03-12-2009
My Device: Playbook

Re: Pros and cons of using actual device versus simulator.

Thing about simulators... you can never reliably test GPS or Bluetooth.

 

So if you use any of those... become an alliance member and get devices from RIM.

Developer
Posts: 1,645
Registered: ‎04-08-2010
My Device: Z10 (red Limited Edition), Q10, Z30
My Carrier: Telekom.de, O2, Vodafone

Re: Pros and cons of using actual device versus simulator.

also testing BIS Push Services you need a real device

 

using latest versions (for me) the simulator is fast and I'm doing at first all tests on different simulators

but before going into production you should test on devices

 

sometimes you'll notice some small but important differences

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Developer
Posts: 4,764
Registered: ‎07-21-2008
My Device: Not Specified

Re: Pros and cons of using actual device versus simulator.

Try Device Anywhere to test on "virtual" real devices:

 

www.deviceanywhere.com

 

Developer
Posts: 1,645
Registered: ‎04-08-2010
My Device: Z10 (red Limited Edition), Q10, Z30
My Carrier: Telekom.de, O2, Vodafone

Re: Pros and cons of using actual device versus simulator.

thx - didn't know about this

 

now I know that I can add an extra amount of device-testing-costs to my next offer ;-)

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ekke (independent software architect, rosenheim, germany)

BlackBerry Elite Developer
BlackBerry Platinum Enterprise Partner
International Development Mobile Apps BlackBerry 10 Cascades
Cascades - Workshops / Trainings / Bootcamps

blog: http://ekkes-corner.org videos: http://www.youtube.com/user/ekkescorner http://vimeo.com/ekkescorner/videos
bb10-development: http://appbus.org Twitter: @ekkescorner
Developer
Posts: 402
Registered: ‎11-26-2010
My Device: Torch

Re: Pros and cons of using actual device versus simulator.

Since you are developing apps which will run on devices you shouldn't use simulators only. So I say actual device is way better.

 

Of course there is the issue with affording devices :smileyhappy: I personally am very happy that i have access to the more popular devices so I don't have to use the simulator too much.

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Posts: 48
Registered: ‎02-19-2011
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Re: Pros and cons of using actual device versus simulator.

Sounds like I got some good input here.  Thanks to all concerned.  I guess I'll have to try things before I give kudos so people who read this thread know how things panned out in practice.