CARTO vs Google Maps vs Leaflet

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Advice on CARTO, Google Maps, and Leaflet

From a StackShare Community member: "We're a team of two starting to write a mobile app. The app will heavily rely on maps and this is where my partner and I are not seeing eye-to-eye. I would like to go with an open source solution like OpenStreetMap that is used by Apple & Foursquare. He would like to go with Google Maps since more apps use it and has better support (according to him). Mapbox is also an option but I don’t know much about it."

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OpenStreetMapOpenStreetMap

I use OpenStreetMap because that has a strong community. It takes some time to catch up with Google Maps, but OpenStreetMap will become great solution.

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MapboxMapbox

I use Mapbox because We need 3D maps and navigation, it has a great plugin for React and React Native which we use. Also the Mapbox Geocoder is great.

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Blair Gemmer
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Google MapsGoogle Maps

Google Maps is best because it is practically free (they give you $300 in free credits per month and it's really hard to go over the free tier unless you really mean business) and it's the best!

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OpenStreetMapOpenStreetMap

Its open source and we use it.

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Fabio Fraga Machado
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OpenStreetMapOpenStreetMap

I use OpenStreetMap because i have the control of the environment, using Docker containers or bare-metal servers.

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Shuuji TAKAHASHI
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Google MapsGoogle Maps

I use Google Maps because it has a lot of great features such as Google's rich APIs, geolocation functions, navigation search feature, street map view, auto-generated 3D city map.

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Pros of CARTO
Pros of Google Maps
Pros of Leaflet
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    Crisp UI
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    Great customer service
  • 1
    Comprehensive platform
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    Free
  • 136
    Address input through maps api
  • 81
    Sharable Directions
  • 46
    Google Earth
  • 45
    Unique
  • 3
    Custom maps designing
  • 30
    Light weight
  • 23
    Free
  • 12
    Evolutive via plugins
  • 9
    Strong community
  • 8
    OpenStreetMap
  • 5
    Easy API
  • 5
    Choice of map providers
  • 3
    Alternative to Google Maps

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Cons of CARTO
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      Google Attributions and logo
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      Only map allowed alongside google place autocomplete
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      What is CARTO?

      The CARTO platform empowers everyone, from business analysts to data scientists, to turn location data into business outcomes. We accelerate innovation, power new use cases and disrupt business models through Location Intelligence.

      What is Google Maps?

      Create rich applications and stunning visualisations of your data, leveraging the comprehensiveness, accuracy, and usability of Google Maps and a modern web platform that scales as you grow.

      What is Leaflet?

      Leaflet is an open source JavaScript library for mobile-friendly interactive maps. It is developed by Vladimir Agafonkin of MapBox with a team of dedicated contributors. Weighing just about 30 KB of gzipped JS code, it has all the features most developers ever need for online maps.

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        What are some alternatives to CARTO, Google Maps, and Leaflet?
        Mapbox
        We make it possible to pin travel spots on Pinterest, find restaurants on Foursquare, and visualize data on GitHub.
        ArcGIS
        It is a geographic information system for working with maps and geographic information. It is used for creating and using maps, compiling geographic data, analyzing mapped information, sharing and much more.
        Tableau
        Tableau can help anyone see and understand their data. Connect to almost any database, drag and drop to create visualizations, and share with a click.
        OpenStreetMap
        OpenStreetMap is built by a community of mappers that contribute and maintain data about roads, trails, cafés, railway stations, and much more, all over the world.
        OpenLayers
        An opensource javascript library to load, display and render maps from multiple sources on web pages.
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