I’ve put together this chart so that you can quickly compare some of the main features of the top phone spy software apps. With so many different monitoring features available it can be confusing to work out which programs support them – hopefully this will save you some time in your research. Check back often – I will keep this updated as new features are rolled out.
Updated – April 2014
The table below does not cover every single feature – just the most important ones so you still need to check out my Reviews and check the spy software sites before buying. Getting all of the monitoring features you require is one of the most important steps in choosing your software.
StealthGenie vs Mobile Spy vs mSpy
Key – You can hover your mouse over the letters in the table for an explanation.
A – Android phones; I – iPhones; RA- Rooted Android phones; BB – BlackBerry phones.
- Call Recording
- Surround Rec
- Call History
- Text Messages
- View Contacts
- Web History
- GPS Tracking
- Geo Fencing
- BB Messenger
- Trigger Words
- Stealth Camera
- Live Screenshot
- View Apps
- Block Apps
- Lock Phone
- Wipe Phone
- Control via Web
Not all features are available for the Basic packages – some require the premium packages which obviously cost a little more. Be sure to check on the company website for the exact features you need for the type of target phone you want to monitor – before buying.
You can see that these three programs cover many of the same reporting features but that each one has something unique to offer – which might be a feature important to you.
The competition between the companies is fierce as they try to outdo each other with New features and greater support – all good news for the consumer!
StealthGenie versus mSpy
These two are obvious, direct competitors – sharing many features and competing closely on price. The Big key feature is Call Recording. For many people this feature is very important and is their main reason to buy. Both these companies provide this feature and it works well – as long as there is a good connection.
I have tested the call recording feature on both and have had no major problems but I do know that if there is any break in the call connection between the phones it will fail to record. This can be a problem if you are in an area with less than stellar connectivity.
Also remember that for both programs, call recording only works for Android phones and is included in their Premium priced packages.
As far as the other features are concerned, StealthGenie offers unique Geo Fencing and Trigger Words and Numbers – advanced features (see my main reviews). mSpy can offer App blocking – very useful for some parents.
Pricing – Both are almost identical in price, the main difference being that mSpy offers a one month option for basic and premium licenses. With StealthGenie the minimum contract term is three months. As you would expect the longer term deals are better value.
Mobile Spy versus …
Mobile Spy is perhaps the most surprising of the three in this features chart. It is (correctly) viewed as the cheaper alternative – the old reliable one. There have been many changes and enhancements to their monitoring features over the last year.
Mobile Spy actually offers More monitoring features than both StealthGenie and mSpy. The big difference is that they do not offer call recording. That is great news if you don’t need to record calls. They are still significantly cheaper and have a proven track record – the longest running of the three.
Pricing – they offer the cheapest starter package at $49.97 for 3 months and the top of the range package works out at $139.97 – compared to $199.99 for the top packages of mSpy and Stealth Genie. Definitely worth looking at if you can live without call recording.
So, What is the Best?
Ah that favorite question again! It might sound like a cop-out but I deliberately don’t say X is better than Y. It really does come down to many factors:
- Your monitoring needs
- The target phone type
- Your budget
- Your personal preference
Go through these factors and then check out the Demo versions on the spy software company websites. This will give you a feel for how their online dashboards and reporting all works.
You can find the main reviews at the top right hand side of this site – go read them too!