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PubNub vs Back4App: What are the differences?

Developers describe PubNub as "Build real-time apps quickly and scale them globally". PubNub makes it easy for you to add real-time capabilities to your apps, without worrying about the infrastructure. Build apps that allow your users to engage in real-time across mobile, browser, desktop and server. On the other hand, Back4App is detailed as "An easy-to-use, flexible and scalable backend based on Parse Platform". It allows developers to create apps faster building the backend with no code, host with no infrastructure hassles and scale with no technical locks.

PubNub and Back4App can be categorized as "Realtime Backend / API" tools.

Some of the features offered by PubNub are:

  • PubNub SDKs support over 50 of the most popular environments, including: iOS, Android, JavaScript, .NET, Java, Ruby, Python, PHP and many more.
  • Data Push - Establish and maintain persistent socket connections to any device (mobile, browser, desktop and server) and push data to global audiences in less than ¼ of a second
  • Presence - Automatically detect when users enter or leave your app and whether machines are online

On the other hand, Back4App provides the following key features:

  • Cloud functions
  • Push notifications
  • User management
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Pros of Back4App
Pros of PubNub
  • 3
    Graphql support
  • 2
    Great documentation
  • 2
    Fastest and most complete backend as a service
  • 2
    Open source backend as a service
  • 2
    Easily clone an app
  • 1
    CLI tool
  • 1
    Support via chat
  • 1
    Partner program
  • 1
    Free database backup
  • 1
    Run cloud code
  • 1
    Push notification made easy
  • 1
    Data export and import
  • 36
    Massively scalable & easy to use
  • 25
    Easy setup
  • 20
    Reliable
  • 19
    Great support
  • 14
    Flexible to integrate to custom applications
  • 13
    99.999% availability guarantees
  • 13
    Sockets at Scale
  • 13
    High-Performance
  • 12
    Multiplexing
  • 12
    High-Reliability
  • 7
    Scalability
  • 5
    70+ SDKs
  • 5
    High-Availability
  • 4
    Azure Add-on
  • 4
    Security
  • 3
    Heroku Add-on
  • 3
    Presence
  • 3
    Easy to setup
  • 3
    Flexible
  • 2
    Server-Side Cache
  • 2
    Free Plan
  • 2
    Support
  • 2
    AngularJS Adapter
  • 2
    PhoneGap Plugin
  • 2
    Data Sync
  • 2
    Data Streams
  • 2
    Analytics
  • 1
    Angular 2+ integration
  • 1
    Easy integration with iOS apps
  • 1
    Easy setup and very reliable
  • 1
    High cost, going up more in Summer '15
  • 1
    Cool
  • 1
    Documentation, easy to use, great people/service
  • 1
    CTO stephen also is A++++++
  • 1
    Real time and easy to use.
  • 1
    Cdsd

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Cons of Back4App
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    • 1
      Costly

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    What is Back4App?

    Back4app accelerates backend development, improves development productivity, reduces time to market, and let you scale applications without managing infrastructure.

    What is PubNub?

    PubNub makes it easy for you to add real-time capabilities to your apps, without worrying about the infrastructure. Build apps that allow your users to engage in real-time across mobile, browser, desktop and server.

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