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HeadSpin vs. Selenium HQ
July 2022
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"The initial setup of HeadSpin was very easy and user-friendly. It was easy to configure and write a script.""The most valuable features of the product are the performance parameters it gives us.""It has an interesting feature called AV box testing. A lot of companies that are in the OTT segment don't really understand what their streaming is like. They can't test for streaming quality. There are restrictions where you cannot simulate live streaming. For example, on Netflix, you can't simulate how a movie is being streamed on a remote device. That's why HeadSpin has got this AV box testing feature. It is a patented feature. They send an AV box to your location, and you can test live streaming, which is something that no other company does.""The technical support is really helpful because we can set up direct calls with them if we want to. We can use Zoom or Google Meet to interact with them directly, and if there is an issue in our system, they will help us by reproducing the issue in their machines and trying to figure out a solution. The support is really smooth, and we like that they're very supportive.""The most valuable feature of HeadSpin it's the integration with other solutions. It is great. I can search for an element or do a quick debugging on the application right on HeadSpin. It's very useful."

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"I like the record and playback features. We also appreciate that it's not just writing on a script that we create. While we were browsing our web application, it automatically records all the clicks and movements of points. We also appreciate the fact that it provides screenshots of everything in the output.""Its biggest advantage is that it is very customizable.""The solution is free to use.""It is compatible with and supports multiple languages, such as Java and Python. It is open source, and it is widely used.""There are many useful features in Selenium that I like, and of the new features I particularly enjoy the Selenium Grid. With this, we can run many test cases in one go, and in one suite we can extract multiple results.""The most valuable features are ExpectedConditions, actions, assertions, verifications, flexible rates, and third-party integrations.""It supports multiple processes, which is great.""The most valuable features of Selenium HQ are it is open-source, has a good interface, and integrates well."

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"If you want to do some testing or check the devices manually or check the application in a particular device manually, it is really laggy. That's a disappointment because sometimes we would like to do manual testing when our local devices are not available.""HeadSpin needs to improve the hardware. With the mobile, the battery life reduces and must be continuously charged.""HeadSpin could improve on the user interface because it is very poor. The checks that are done on the iOS devices are very difficult, but for Android, it runs great. For all iOS devices, the user interface and how it interacts with the device are very poor.""Sometimes, devices go offline and some features are not functioning on some devices, specifically on iOS.""They should automate their onboarding. A lot of things are still manual. They can create a video assistant or something like that to completely automate the entire process."

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"The installation could be simplified, it is a bit difficult to install.""It would be better to have a simplified way to locate and identify web elements.""It would be better if we could use it without having the technical skills to run the scripting test.""For now, I guess Selenium could add some other features like object communications for easy expansion.""It is not a licensed tool. The problem with that is that it won't be able to support Windows desktop applications. There is no support for Windows desktop applications. They can do something about it. Its user interface can also be improved, which is not great compared to the other latest tools. Anybody who has been working on functional testing or manual testing cannot directly work on Selenium HQ without learning programming skills, which is a disadvantage.""We use X path for our selectors, and sometimes, it is difficult to create locators for elements. It is very time-consuming because they're embedded deeply. A lot of that comes from the way that you architect your page. If devs are putting the IDs on their elements, it is great, and it allows you to get those elements super fast, but that's not necessarily the case. So, Selenium should be able to get your elements a lot quicker. Currently, it is time-consuming to get your selectors, locate your locators, and get to the elements.""Sometimes we face challenges with Selenium HQ. There are third party tools that we use, for example for reading the images, that are not easy to plug in. The third party add-ons are difficult to get good configuration and do not have good support. I would like to see better integration with other products.""Coding skills are required to use Selenium, so it could be made more user-friendly for non-programmers."

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  • "It has a yearly license. There is no other option. It is expensive. There are a lot of other cheaper players in the market, but it is like a Mercedes. You pay an extra premium for it, but you get the benefits. I would love to see them come up with project-based costing. Companies that are low on funds or new-age can do with pricing that is easily digestible. They can give them a pricing model for three months. They can provide a startup package."
  • "We have a yearly license for 16 devices."
  • "I believe the licensing cost is cheap because it's a total solution, hardware, license and software."
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  • "We are satisfied with the pricing."
  • "It's an open-source tool that you can work with at any time without any cost."
  • "This is an open-source product so there is no cost other than manpower."
  • "It is all free."
  • "Selenium is an open-source solution, and It's free."
  • "Selenium is open-source."
  • "Selenium is a free tool."
  • "Selenium HQ is open source and our use of it in our company is provided for free."
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    Top Answer:The most valuable features of the product are the performance parameters it gives us.
    Top Answer:We have a yearly license for 16 devices costing 35 - 40 lakhs in rupees.
    Top Answer:HeadSpin would benefit by adding code coverage. On the front end, when we execute our automation or do a manual change, we don't know what percentage of the code has been tested. If HeadSpin could… more »
    Top Answer:Selenium HQ’s biggest advantage is that it is customizable. Its other most valuable feature is that the driver interface is really helpful and user-friendly; Selenium HQ makes it easy to navigate… more »
    Top Answer:The solution is very easy to implement.
    Top Answer:The solution is open-source and free to use. There are no licensing costs.
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    HeadSpin is the world’s first Connected Intelligence Platform™ that provides Web, Mobile, IoT, and 5G solutions to unify testing, monitoring, and analytics across applications, devices, and networks. HeadSpin empowers development, QA, operations, and network teams to optimize connected experiences and ensure digital business success.

    Selenium HQ is an umbrella project that includes a number of tools and frameworks that allow for web browser automation. In particular, Selenium offers a framework for the W3C WebDriver specification, a platform- and language-neutral coding interface that works with all of the main web browsers.

    Selenium is a toolset for automating web browsers that uses the best methods available to remotely control browser instances and simulate a user's interaction with the browser. It enables users to mimic typical end-user actions, such as typing text into forms, choosing options from drop-down menus, checking boxes, and clicking links in documents. Additionally, it offers a wide range of other controls, including mouse movement, arbitrary JavaScript execution, and much more.

    Although Selenium HQ is generally used for front-end website testing, it is also a browser user agent library. The interfaces are universal in their use, which enables composition with other libraries to serve your purpose.

    The source code for Selenium is accessible under the Apache 2.0 license. The project is made possible by volunteers who have kindly committed hundreds of hours to the development and maintenance of the code.

    Selenium HQ Tools

    These three main Selenium HQ tools have powerful capabilities:

    • WebDriver: If you are just starting out with desktop or mobile website test automation, you will be using WebDriver APIs. WebDriver controls the browser and executes tests using the automation APIs that browser vendors provide. This gives the impression that a real person is using the browser. Because WebDriver's API does not need to be compiled alongside application code, it is not intrusive. As a result, you can test the same application that you push live.

    • IDE: Develop your Selenium test cases using an IDE (integrated development environment). The most effective way to create test cases is to utilize this simple Chrome and Firefox extension. IDE uses Selenium commands that are already in use to record user activity in the browser with parameters set by the context of the element. This is an excellent approach to learning Selenium script syntax and will save you time.

    • Grid: You can run test cases on several machines and operating systems with Selenium Grid. The local end controls how the test cases are triggered, and the remote end automatically runs the test cases after they are triggered.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Selenium HQ stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. Two major ones are its driver interface and its speed. PeerSpot users take note of the advantages of these features in their reviews:

    Avijit B., an automation tester at a tech services company, writes of the solution, “The driver interface is really useful. When we implement the Selenium driver interface, we can easily navigate through all of the pages and sections of an app, including performing things like clicking, putting through SendKeys, scrolling down, tagging, and all the other actions we need to test for in an application.”

    Another PeerSpot reviewer, a software engineer at a financial services firm, notes, “Selenium is the fastest tool compared to other competitors. It can run on any language, like Java, Python, C++, and .NET. So we can test any application on Selenium, whether it's mobile or desktop."

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    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company29%
    Comms Service Provider10%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Energy/Utilities Company9%
    Financial Services Firm26%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    Computer Software Company26%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Company Size
    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise73%
    Small Business31%
    Midsize Enterprise27%
    Large Enterprise42%
    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise70%
    Buyer's Guide
    HeadSpin vs. Selenium HQ
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about HeadSpin vs. Selenium HQ and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    621,327 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    HeadSpin is ranked 19th in Functional Testing Tools with 5 reviews while Selenium HQ is ranked 4th in Functional Testing Tools with 32 reviews. HeadSpin is rated 8.0, while Selenium HQ is rated 7.4. The top reviewer of HeadSpin writes "An advanced platform that provides visibility into the performance in the real world and enables us to test AV content". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Selenium HQ writes "Highly customizable and the best tool out there to do automated testing". HeadSpin is most compared with Perfecto, BrowserStack, Sauce Labs and Katalon Studio, whereas Selenium HQ is most compared with Eggplant Digital Automation Intelligence, Worksoft Certify, Tricentis Tosca, Appium and IBM Rational Functional Tester. See our HeadSpin vs. Selenium HQ report.

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