CARTO vs. Google Maps API

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
CARTO
Score 10.0 out of 10
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Carto (formerly CartoDB) in Brooklyn, New York offers their location intelligence solution.N/A
Google Maps API
Score 8.8 out of 10
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Google Maps APIs allow developers to integrate Google Maps into a website or retrieve information from Google Maps.N/A
Pricing
CARTOGoogle Maps API
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CARTOGoogle Maps API
Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Community Pulse
CARTOGoogle Maps API
Considered Both Products
CARTO
Chose CARTO
Google Maps API was what we started with. It provides a lot of nice tools, but they are all browser-side. This means that when you want to display points on a map you send data to the users browser and the software runs on the users's machine to render that data into points. …
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Top Pros
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Best Alternatives
CARTOGoogle Maps API
Small Businesses
ArcGIS
ArcGIS
Score 9.0 out of 10
ArcGIS
ArcGIS
Score 9.0 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
ArcGIS
ArcGIS
Score 9.0 out of 10
ArcGIS
ArcGIS
Score 9.0 out of 10
Enterprises
ArcGIS
ArcGIS
Score 9.0 out of 10
ArcGIS
ArcGIS
Score 9.0 out of 10
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User Ratings
CARTOGoogle Maps API
Likelihood to Recommend
8.1
(4 ratings)
9.4
(7 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
CARTOGoogle Maps API
Likelihood to Recommend
CARTO
CartoDB is great for generating geographic visualizations of data where the geographies are well-defined. It would be great for analysts to develop visualizations of data with spatial elements. That being said, the software is limited if you want to do any real data munging or analysis, as it can be cumbersome to use and there isn't a great interface for actually saving the results of different manipulations (you can save it as a new file, but it's hard to do version control, etc.). I would recommend preparing the data outside of CartoDB and only using the tool for visualization once the data is well prepared.
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Google
It is most suited for someone who has a physical office, particularly a retail store which helps them to promote the business locally. I would suggest businessmen should use this tool for promoting their business in a more effective way. It is of least important if you are promoting your business digitally and don't have a physical location.
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Pros
CARTO
  • It is amazing at allowing control of the visualizations. It takes a little bit to get used to but the combination of full SQL queries and CSS-like styling is very powerful.
  • The services are built on a robust stack of open source software. I was able to build a standalone instance of CartoDB relatively easily (after some research and trial and error).
  • Server side map rendering is key for handling large data sets. The way the images are returned makes them very easy to catch in an HTTP cache to minimize the hits to the server. The interactivity that CartoDB has built in makes this completely transparent to the end user, they can click on parts of the static images and be presented with popups or change map styles. It's a very clever implementation.
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Google
  • Very simple UI, easy to use.
  • You can send your live location to a person who wants to meet you.
  • You can mark and pin the locations you are travelling regularly.
  • You can get the code of iframe for any location and embed it into your organization's website also.
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Cons
CARTO
  • I don't like the new Builder UI as it has been tough to explain. Other than that I have no complaints.
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Google
  • Offline location required for some certain locations
  • Needs to reduce updates as it is comes from most of the updates.
  • Maps needs to be accurate in small areas in order to find destination.
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Support Rating
CARTO
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Google
It does everything I need it to do and hasn't let me down yet. It has been a lifesaver for my roofing accounts. Most of my clients for the roofing belong to an Amish community with no computers and so forth. So being able to search the maps and look at the rooftops is imperative for those campaigns.
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Alternatives Considered
CARTO
CartoDB is more user friendly and quicker to learn than ArcGIS Online and Mapbox
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Google
Google MAP API is one of the prominent ones as compared to others. In the selection process also we are [complete] with the API provider by Google MAP as it is quite stable.No doubt it is one of the best methods to implement or integrate as compared to any others which is available in the competition.
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Return on Investment
CARTO
  • CartoDB definitely saves a lot of time when creating visualizations. Previously, I would use different software and have to make edits manually (or just create the visualizations manually to start with). I would say that the software definitely cuts the time required to create certain visualizations by a half or two-thirds.
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Google
  • Definitely it gives optimum ROI to my organization which is positive sign.
  • My company overall business showed a positive growth rate.
  • I now get more no of people visiting my office .
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