At a glance

Kobiton vs HeadSpin

HeadSpin is one of the most interesting mobile testing tools in the market, but only when it comes to Performance Testing and optimization. HeadSpin has decided to specialize in Mobile and IoT application and website performance, and offers a very feature-rich, while niche, offering that allows teams to dive deep into where Performance regressions might exist and what may cause those performance regressions. However, even with the feature-rich Performance offering, HeadSpin has not focused on the majority of use cases associated with Functional Testing and Visual Testing. HeadSpin is also likely the most expensive Mobile and IoT testing provider, reported as at least 4-6x the price of Kobiton real devices in the cloud.

Device Lab Management

Real Device access
Emulator and simulator access
Secure Public cloud
Dedicated Private Cloud
Dedicated Local Cloud
Mix and match Cloud options for a Hybrid Cloud
Fully on-premises Real Device set-up
Desktop web support


HeadSpin offers both Public and Private Cloud options, and has focused heavily on pure localization testing by having multiple datacenter set up globally. HeadSpin does offer a capability that allows your teams to make locally hosted devices available in the Cloud, but this option does require heavy amounts of hardware that your teams have to purchase and then maintain. HeadSpin does offer a wide variety of IoT devices that they support, and is focusing on Media and OTP applications.


Kobiton has prized security, flexibility, and performance above all else when it comes to real mobile and IoT device access and management. With in-depth clean-up policies for our secure Public Cloud (first-come, first-serve devices for edge testing), 100% dedicated-to-you device access with our Private Cloud, and the ability to cloud-ify your already-owned locally hosted devices for shared-remote-and-dedicated access, you can build a flexible real device lab in the cloud that works for the specific needs of any team across your organization. In addition to Cloud deployments, Kobiton also offers extra-sensitive fully on-premises deployments for teams who need it.

Kobiton’s on-premises and cloud real device labs are powered by our DirectTest technology that allow for rapid device launching speed, virtually zero-latency testing, and 30FPS video streaming during your manual session, for truly unparalleled real device lab performance.

Kobiton also helps you scale your automation with plans that don’t charge for parallel executions or concurrent testing. And, while Kobiton does not currently offer native desktop-web support, we do have a partnership with our sister company, Katalon, that provides desktop-web testing and automation offerings.

Manual Testing

Real-time manual test UI
Complex gesture support
30FPS video streaming
Low-latency testing
Network throttling
Location spoofing
Log capture and analysis
Scriptless manual to automation conversion


HeadSpin offers a manual testing canvas with support for a variety of gestures and reproducing real-word conditions. They offer a very rich set of real-world reproduction, localization, and network simulation for manual tests. However, the manual testing UI lacks features necessary to make Functional Testing easier, and many users have reported that the solution is difficult to learn and use.


No matter what real device option you choose, Kobiton offers a high-performing and effortless user experience. We focused heavily on these two items and built a manual canvas that offers support for complex gestures, ADB shell commands, geo-location, and more. We also offer real-time insight into logs that you can easily explore and download during your session.

Kobiton’s manual testing canvas has also set the industry standard for performance. Powered by our DirectTest technology, Kobiton enables low-latency testing (think virtually zero input lag) and 30FPS video streaming during your manual tests.

Kobiton has also made the jump from manual to automated testing easier, with the ability to either export a 100% open-standard Appium script from your manual session, or run that same test across your library of real devices with a few simple clicks (and no code required).

Test Automation

Scriptless Automation
Scriptless open-standard Appium generation
Appium compatible
Custom Enhanced Appium
XCUITest compatible
Selenium compatible
Espresso/UI Automator compatible
Flutter compatible
Earl Grey compatible
Functional Testing
Visual Testing
Visual UI/UX Design Testing
Front-end Performance Testing
Pop-up proof UI automation
Network Payload Capture
Response Time Analysis
Intelligent remediation


HeadSpin hasn’t focused too much on the mobile test automation engineer and point to their device availability as the major benefit when trying to scale test automation. HeadSpin does offer very interesting insights into Performance during automated test executions, but they do not offer solutions that help teams author and execute test automation any easier. They rely heavily on educational material around how to adopt Appium and run those tests on the HeadSpin platform.


Kobiton has focused heavily on both the automation engineer currently using Appium and the manual testing team that is looking to make the move to automation. With AI-driven Scriptless Automation, and AI-assisted Appium automation, you can easily make the move and/or scale your mobile test automation with Kobiton.

Teams leveraging Kobiton’s NOVA AI Engine have the ability to auto-generate 100% open-standard (and therefore non-vendor-locked) Appium scripts from a manual session, or automate a manual test and point that test to run across other real devices in the background without any code required. Our baked in Functional, Crash, Visual, and Performance assertions make each NOVA-driven test a Functional, Visual, and Front-end Performance Test, equipping your teams with a true “one test to rule them all” solution.

Beyond comprehensive, Kobiton’s automation offering is also flexible and inclusive. If you need a solution for manual testers, our 100% scriptless flow allows you author and execute automated Functional, Visual, and Performance tests without writing any code. If you’re an automation-mature team who is already using Appium, you have the choice to inject NOVA’s baked-in assertions into your existing Appium scripts (or scripts you generated with NOVA’s auto-generate capability mentioned earlier) by simply adding in Kobiton desired capabilities to your Appium script.

Session Exploration

Session Exploration within the UI
Video footage of your test session
Response time analysis during session review
Network Payload Capture analysis during session review


HeadSpin offers robust test session exploration and reporting, but only when it comes to Performance metrics. With HeadSpin, you can look at video footage of your test sessions, as well as robust reports and charts that offer deep insight into application and device performance, as well as metrics around video quality. However, when it comes to exploring Functional issues and Visual discrepancies across device types and releases, HeadSpin has not chosen to invest in these areas and still provides minimal support for the Functional Tester.


Kobiton’s unique Session Explorer offers an easily navigable timeline that allows you to quickly and efficiently explore your test sessions across test steps, actions, and commands. With our comprehensive Insights Panel, you can easily view charts that dive into information such as CPU, memory, network, response time, network request and response payload, request and response headers (for Appium automation), and more!

Kobiton also makes it easy to share moments of failure with the rest of your teams. You can generate and share deep links that point to a specific test step or moment in a test, or use our native Jira integration to easily create a bug in your integrated Jira project that also links to the exact moment identified.

In addition to our Session Explorer, Kobiton offers a “within the UI” remediation menu that allows for you quickly and easily remediate for any Crashes, Functional issues, Visual blemishes/discrepancies, and Performance regressions caught by our baked-in assertions. From this menu, you can submit these issues as bugs, instruct our AI around strictness/relaxedness for future tests, dive into causes of issues, and receive recommendations around how to solve for certain problems.

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