Apple Keynote vs. Google Slides

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Apple Keynote
Score 8.7 out of 10
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Keynote, from Apple is a presentation software with tools and effects, designed to make it easy to create memorable presentations, and comes included with most Apple devices. Use Apple Pencil on an iPad to create diagrams or illustrations that bring slides to life. With its real‑time collaboration features, teams can work together, whether they’re on Mac, iPad, iPhone, or using a PC.N/A
Google Slides
Score 8.1 out of 10
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Google Slides is a presentation tool that enables users to create, edit, collaborate, and present. It is free for personal use, and available to businesses via a Google Workspaces subscription.N/A
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Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
NoYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Community Pulse
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Considered Both Products
Apple Keynote
Chose Apple Keynote
Even though Google Slides makes it easier to share presentations and allow the team to work on one file simultaneously, you just cannot compare it to Keynote. Keynote just makes it so much easier to build beautiful presentations with endless possibilities. From a design …
Chose Apple Keynote
I use Microsoft Powerpoint, Apple Keynote, and Google Slides. Of these three slideshow programs, I find PowerPoint to be the most robust in features and capabilities and in integrations with other programs. It also can be easily used across various devices, platforms, and …
Chose Apple Keynote
While I don't use Keynote for every slide deck project need (software preference often is dictated by what the client has access to), I will promote KeyNote as the preferred format if the client is software-agnostic. The drag and drop feature is incomparable with other software …
Chose Apple Keynote
Apple Keynote is preinstalled and free to use on any Apple device which makes it very accessible. The ease of use of this tool is much better than the competitive one. The time needed to prepare the nice-looking and high-quality slides in this tool is much lower than in other …
Chose Apple Keynote
Keynote is a better visual aid and generally runs better for us since we use MacBooks (less errors when presenting which really matters in a remote context). It takes more effort to get to a finished product though, since we have to neuter what we present (less slides and …
Google Slides

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Likelihood to Recommend
8.3
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User Testimonials
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Likelihood to Recommend
Apple
The best case scenario for Apple Keynote is that you get it built-in with any MacBook, so you don't have to download anything and you're good to go for any sort of presentation. One more thing which I really admire about Keynote is that it has really cool animation style, You can literally create some basic video content using Keynote. Animations are also very easy to use, so If you want to have more animations you can just use Keynote instead of Powerpoint. Keynote has never been less appropriate until you have Windows as your Operating System. Another time where Powerpoint takes an edge is when you have to use a lot of features.
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Google
Synchronous or asynchronous educational activities in the context of higher education. Great way to support your live lectures by providing Google Slides to students so that they could follow at their own pace if need be. I also used Google slides as a student for my Graduate Certificate in Higher Education studies and it worked perfectly for our 3-hour long zoom lectures.
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Pros
Apple
  • Resources to build beautiful presentations
  • Complete software with many possibilities to customize your presentation
  • Customizable presenter display
  • Possibility to record presentation
  • Reliable application
  • Versatile
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Google
  • Collaboration
  • Presentations
  • Auto-save
  • Comments
  • History tracking
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Cons
Apple
  • The way you adjust timings for builds and transitions was a bit counterintuitive for me. Once I got the hang of it, it was fine. The timings don't work the same as they do in PowerPoint. So if you are a PowerPoint user, that may be something you have to adjust to when you switch to Keynote.
  • I feel that adding images can be clunky when working with image placeholders. Apple Keynote forces you to use the Photo app to replace image placeholders.
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Google
  • More importable slide decks
  • Easier and professional looking Conversion to video
  • Animations
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Alternatives Considered
Apple
While I don't use Keynote for every slide deck project need (software preference often is dictated by what the client has access to), I will promote KeyNote as the preferred format if the client is software-agnostic. The drag and drop feature is incomparable with other software options — a feature I've come to love and miss when I am required to use another program. As previously mentioned, the smooth interface and master template user-friendliness also helps raise Keynote above their competition.
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Google
On a standalone basis, where no collaboration is needed, Microsoft Powerpoint is a superior tool because the functionalities are easier to use and much more robust. But if collaboration is needed, Google Slides is optimal for business, sales and strategy collaboration. It is less suited for engineering, design or product brainstorming or collaboration sessions as it is limited by space.
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Return on Investment
Apple
  • Apple Keynote comes inbuilt on Apple Devices, so technically it does not require any additional payment which is a positive ROI.
  • Apple Keynote offers various functionality and a wide variety of themes, which is a plus point.
  • Apple Keynote syncs the presentation on various devices using iCloud.
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Google
  • Better levels of engagement.
  • Improved collaboration.
  • Improved student satisfaction.
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