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Amazon Cognito

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Score 8.3 out of 100

Firebase

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Score 8.7 out of 100

Attribute Ratings

  • Firebase is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Usability, Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

8.2

Amazon Cognito

82%
16 Ratings
8.6

Firebase

86%
29 Ratings

Usability

8.0

Amazon Cognito

80%
2 Ratings
9.5

Firebase

95%
2 Ratings

Support Rating

7.1

Amazon Cognito

71%
3 Ratings
7.8

Firebase

78%
13 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon Cognito

Well Suited
  1. B2C mobile and web apps with a high number of users.
  2. Cheaper and cost-effective.
  3. If the other pieces of the infra are already using AWS services like Lambda, S3, Pinpoint, etc.
Not Suited For:
  1. Advanced use-cases (Biometrics based authentication) Email, and other MFA channels.
  2. For any use-cases needing SCIM.
  3. Customized flows of SSO, and MFA will need a layer on Lambda and other AWS services.
Piyush Goel | TrustRadius Reviewer

Firebase

When it comes to product development, Firebase is the greatest tool for startups with limited resources and team members. Having a suitable authentication and database is simple and inexpensive. While I recommend Firebase for analytics, it is not ideal for a corporation that requires a SQL database.
Ore Kamin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Amazon Cognito

  • Strong integration with React.js and client-side applications
  • Easy to bridge Cognito identities with the rest of the AWS ecosystem
  • Easy to store user profile data directly in Cognito rather than having to build additional services/endpoints
  • Easy integration with AWS Lambda to extend and add sophistication to the service
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Firebase

  • Analytics wise, retention is extremely important to our app, therefore we take advantage of the cohort analysis to see the impact of our middle funnel (retargeting, push, email) efforts affect the percent of users that come back into the app. Firebase allows us to easily segment these this data and look at a running average based on certain dates.
  • When it comes to any mobile app, a deep linking strategy is essential to any apps success. With Firebase's Dynamic Links, we are able to share dynamic links (recognize user device) that are able to redirect to in-app content. These deep links allow users to share other deep-linked content with friends, that also have link preview assets.
  • Firebase allows users to effectively track events, funnels, and MAUs. With this simple event tracking feature, users can put organize these events into funnels of their main user flows (e.g., checkout flows, onboarding flows, etc.), and subsequently be able to understand where the drop-off is in the funnel and then prioritize areas of the funnel to fix. Also, MAU is important to be able to tell if you are bringing in new users and what's the active volume for each platform (Android, iOS).
Sam Lepak | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Amazon Cognito

  • Amazon Cognito has a bit of a learning curve. You need to learn its concepts and terminology. The documentation does not describe some topics comprehensively.
  • Some Console screens would benefit from improved search and filtering options.
  • When another AWS product (e.g., SageMaker) configures Cognito on your behalf, it is not clear what you're getting. For example, the expiration of a temporary password was configured but never communicated.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Firebase

  • Attribution and specifically multi-touch attribution could be more robust such as Branch or Appsflyer but understand this isn't Firebases bread and butter.
  • More parameters. Firebase allows you to track tons of events (believe it's up to 50 or so) but the parameters of the events it only allows you to track 5 which is so messily and unbelievable. So you're able to get good high-level data but if you want to get granular with the events and actions are taken on your app to get real data insight you either have to go with a paid data analytics platform or bring on someone that's an expert in SQL to go through Big Query.
  • City-specific data instead of just country-specific data would have been a huge plus as well.
Evan Laird | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Amazon Cognito

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

$0.01 Per MAU

Amazon Cognito Editions & Modules

Edition
Starting Price$0.011
  1. Per MAU
Additional Pricing Details

Firebase

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

$0.01 Per Verification

Firebase Editions & Modules

Edition
Phone Authentication$0.011
Stored Data$0.182
  1. Per Verification
  2. Per GiB
Additional Pricing Details

Usability

Amazon Cognito

Amazon Cognito 8.0
Based on 2 answers
All the features AWS Cognito offers gives the user the options they need without making it too complicated. Your customers will be happy. On the administration site usability is also great. After a small learning curve, you can setup Cognito for your usage
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Firebase

Firebase 9.5
Based on 2 answers
It is simple to use overall, the console's main menu is divided into Develop, Quality, Analytics and Grow - which have further subdivisions by their set of features and tools. Develop and Quality are relevant for product and tech. Analytics is relevant for product, analytics and Grow is relevant for marketing. This makes the overall use very easy.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Amazon Cognito

Amazon Cognito 7.1
Based on 3 answers
AWS Support overall is poor. Your main resources are trainings and the docs, and the docs can be very confusing. Using Cognito well involves having a developer learn it deeply and help support your team in understanding it. That said, Cognito's competitors also have dismal support and even worse documentation, so while this isn't a strength for Cognito it may still be the frontrunner here.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Firebase

Firebase 7.8
Based on 13 answers
Our analytics folks handled the majority of the communication when it came to customer service, but as far as I was aware, the support we got was pretty good. When we had an issue, we were able to reach out and get support in a timely fashion. Firebase was easy to reach and reasonably available to assist when needed.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Amazon Cognito

They are ideal tools to create a secure and unique login experience for our applications. Thanks to its API authorization, Amazon Cognito ensures connections to applications that are secure.It is easy to use and provides easy access to files and applications that you need to complete your goal.
Philipp Pettit | TrustRadius Reviewer

Firebase

Before using Firebase, we exclusively used self hosted database services. Using Firebase has allowed us to reduce reliance on single points of failure and systems that are difficult to scale. Additionally, Firebase is much easier to set up and use than any sort of self hosted database. This simplicity has allowed us to try features that we might not have based on the amount of work they required in the past.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Amazon Cognito

  • ROI is great for Amazon Cognito Overall.
  • It is included in the AWS Free Tier so you can use it for a good amount without paying, so the software can be tested beforehand.
  • The paid pricing is also affordable, so a positive impact on ROI.
DR. RAKESH TRIPATHI | TrustRadius Reviewer

Firebase

  • Firebase has meant that we can go to market more quickly due to its automation of repetitive boiler plate tasks, such as authentication provider support
  • Firebase's free tier is ideal for low to moderate use apps, and if your app grows to high use, the paid tier is very affordable
  • Firebase's excellent cross platform support has reduced development expense when porting apps to other platforms
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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