Adalo vs Glide: 5 differences to know before building your no-code mobile app
Adalo and Glide are two of my favorite no-code apps. Before building a new no-code mobile app, it’s important to know which one to choose so that you don’t waste time.
You should know these 5 important differences between Adalo and Glide:
- PWA & Native
- All-in-one database and front-end
- Made for functionality and flexibility
- Medium speed to build and launch
- Medium learning curve
- Only Progressive Web App (PWA)
- Specialized – uses Google Sheets as backend
- Made for easy design and simplicity
- Quick speed to build and launch
- Low learning curve
Adalo and Glide have many similarities as well. They provide templates, integrations with Zapier, and both free and paid plans.
Native vs PWA
You can publish a progressive web app online and then save it to your phone’s home screen. It looks and feels like any other app on your phone, except it wasn’t downloaded through an app store.
Glide limits publishing to only PWAs. Adalo can publish as a PWA or native app through an app store for iOS or Android.
All-in-One vs Specialized
You can check out my post about the 3 major no-code tool categories that goes into more detail.
Adalo is an All-in-One no-code tool. All-in-One tools keep an app’s data and design in one place.
Glide is a specialized no-code tool that relies on Google Sheets to hold an app’s data. Specialized tools must work with other tools to publish their apps.
Functionality/Flexibility vs Design/Simplicity
Don’t get me wrong, both Adalo and Glide are way easier to use than learning a mobile programming language. They are both no-code after all!
Adalo offers more customization for when you have an involved workflow or design in mind. Glide is for simplicity. Connect your Google Sheet and it populates the design right away.
Medium vs Quick Speed of build
With more flexibility comes more choices. Because of this, Adalo can take a little longer to build than Glide. You need to think through the UX and design at a more granular level.
Medium vs Low Learning Curve
Adalo will take longer to learn than Glide. But Adalo still has excellent documentation and templates that help.
Glide has one of the lowest learning curves of any no-code tool I’ve come across. Glide is one of the best no-code tools to use if you’re brand new to the no-code movement.
Adalo is best if you need to launch your very own product with a customized design. Glide is best if speed to build is a priority. With Glide, launch something like a directory or a simple way for people to buy products.
More comparisons to come!
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