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Instabug vs Bugsnag

In this post, we will take a look at two of the top error reporting tools out there, Instabug vs Bugsnag. These tools can help you monitor not only your app’s crashes and errors and also improve your app’s performance.

Similarities between Instabug vs Bugsnag

The main similarity between Instabug and Bugsnag is error reporting for mobile apps, including cross-platform solutions. Both capture a detailed report of the running environment, as well as the different threads’ states. And to help solve issues both provide all the stack trace information on all the running threads. This includes highlighting the line of code that resulted in the error or crash.

Both collect the user steps taken leading up to the crash. But while Bugsnag only lists the steps, Instabug’s Repro Steps provide screenshots capturing UI interactions. This helps you narrow down the reason behind the crash by easily being able to reproduce it.

With both tools, you can receive alerts on critical crashes to stay ahead of issues. They also provide a general score indicating how stable each release is. You can also integrate with a huge array of third-party issue tracking or project management tools. Instabug supports flexible integrations with Zapier and Webhooks.

Instabug’s strengths

Reproduce issues with ease

Instabug’s Crash Reporting goes a step further by ensuring you’re getting all the information you need. Detailed logs, including network logs, help you assess finer details and help narrow down why a crash occurred. Instabug also includes “repro steps” which maintains a visual record of every step your user has taken on each app view before the crash.

The session profiler gives a quick glimpse into device-related metrics 60 seconds prior to a crash. You will be able to see memory and CPU usage in order to quickly diagnose the error. Also included with every report is a 3D view hierarchy inspection to help diagnose UI errors. And when a crash does occur, you will be able to reply to the affected users to help get more information on the matter or let them know that it’s being attended to.

Understand your users' actual experience with your app

As mentioned above, crashes and errors aren’t the only issues that can reflect badly on your app. Monitoring your app’s performance across versions and environments is key to improving the quality of your app. Instabug’s built-for-mobile APM tool helps you monitor network performance, UI hangs, app launch times, screen loading, user terminations, as well as custom app traces.

Align your team on a north-star performance metric

App performance can be difficult to assess when taken as a big picture. Assessing whether or not precious engineering resources need to be devoted to improving performance is one of the biggest challenges mobile teams face. Instabug’s apdex score helps you do just that. With one tell-all score that encompasses app, network, and UI performance as well as app stability, you can make actionable decisions faster. The app apdex score will tell you right on the dashboard whether your users are seeing a satisfying, tolerating, or frustrating experience.

Best-in-class bug reporting

Instabug offers the most powerful bug reporting tool for mobile apps on the market. With Instabug’s bug reporting features, your users can easily report bugs that don’t actually crash the app with a simple shake of their phone. For each bug report, Instabug captures a screenshot and lets your users annotate it or add more screenshots or a video recording to explain further. Instabug also automatically captures all the device and environment details, console logs, network logs, user attributes, repro steps, and session profiler to help you quickly reproduce and fix the bug.

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