Firebase - Free (or cheap), easy to use, and effective
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
June 24, 2019

Firebase - Free (or cheap), easy to use, and effective

Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Firebase

We use Firebase to provide push notification services for mobile applications and some internal business tools. For us, it is used to provide push services to internal employees, and to provide push services to end users of our mobile applications. We find it to be simple to use, effortless to maintain, and effective at its job.
  • Reliability - We have not noticed any significant outages or delays as long as we have used Firebase.
  • Ease of use - Setting up or changing Firebase services has been nearly effortless for us.
  • Organization - It feels like Firebase should be part of Google Cloud Console, but it is its own tool. This isn't a big issue, but it would be great if we could access our Firebase services within Google Cloud Console.
  • New features for our customers - Before using Firebase, we simply didn't provide push notifications. This has added an expected feature for us, which makes our apps more relevant.
  • Engagement - Push notifications have allowed us to engage our app users with pertinent information.
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.
For any app or service that requires push services, there really isn't anything easier to use than Firebase. Also, the free tier allows a great amount of usage. For us, we have found that our usage has remained below the free tier threshold even with considerable usage as we scale our services. Once we surpass the free tier allowance, the cost will be reasonable, so growth is not really a concern here.