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Likelihood to Recommend

CARTO (formerly CartoDB)

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.
Diana Lam | TrustRadius Reviewer

Mapbox

For services that require maps and basic geo-functionality in production, Mapbox is one of the greatest choices out there. They're free, provide much more refined/modern productions compared to Google maps, and have very good support on different platforms. For services that require higher-computation products, like matrix routing, optimization, etc..., the prices can get quite high very quickly, and you should consider moving those services to an on-premise server at that point.
Fedor Paretsky | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

CARTO (formerly CartoDB)

  • 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.
Brandon Christensen | TrustRadius Reviewer

Mapbox

  • Documentation is clean, easy to read, and very well organized which makes it easy to get going or learn something new
  • The online user interface makes it quick and easy to edit maps, upload new datasets, view analytics, or get API keys
  • Great integrations with Tableau and easy to develop for Android, iOS, or Web
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

CARTO (formerly CartoDB)

  • I don't like the new Builder UI as it has been tough to explain. Other than that I have no complaints.
Bhavika Tekwani | TrustRadius Reviewer

Mapbox

  • The product is not always that easy to use, aimed at professionals understanding colors and palettes etc.
  • Being a full cloud product it can be complicated working with the interface when your connectivity is not great.
  • Tutorials and samples could be more visual and could cover more ideas on how to use Mapbox.
John Roberts | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

CARTO (formerly CartoDB)

CartoDB is more user friendly and quicker to learn than ArcGIS Online and Mapbox
Sacha Selim | TrustRadius Reviewer

Mapbox

One feature that made me go in favor of Mapbox was its stellar documentation. Google Maps and Bing Maps are the other alternatives I considered, but the learning curve with both of them is steeper than it is with Mapbox. Also, Mapbox Studio gives newbies a very simple, clean and easy to use environment to make and store maps online
Firaz Peer | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

CARTO (formerly CartoDB)

  • 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.
Diana Lam | TrustRadius Reviewer

Mapbox

  • Easier basemaps
  • Makes faster custom visualizations
  • Increased speed to map deployment
Anthony DiBiase | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

CARTO (formerly CartoDB)

General

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

CARTO (formerly CartoDB) Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Mapbox

General

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

Mapbox Editions & Modules

Edition
Starting Price$0.501
  1. Per 1000 users
Additional Pricing Details

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