Should mobile website automation testing be done on real device or on desktop using mobile emulation

Is it better to do mobile website automation on real devices using appium or on desktop browser using mobile view using only selenium.

Which would be better? please specify both’s merits and demerits.

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This is definitely an opinionated response but I think if you are using appium to do mobile web testing its not the best approach. Since there are many different web browsers for each mobile device it would be hard to test every one of them. Probably much better to test using selenium and even headless browsing if possible on a desktop since it will be much faster, more reliable, and customizable to fake which browser and device combo you have.