Airtable vs Google Sheets: What are the differences?
Developers describe Airtable as "Real-time spreadsheet-database hybrid *". Working with Airtable is as fast and easy as editing a spreadsheet. But only Airtable is backed by the power of a full database, giving you rich features far beyond what a spreadsheet can offer. On the other hand, *Google Sheets** is detailed as "Create and edit spreadsheets online, for free". Access, create, and edit your spreadsheets wherever you go—from your phone, tablet, or computer.
Airtable and Google Sheets are primarily classified as "Spreadsheets as a Backend" and "Spreadsheets Online" tools respectively.
Some of the features offered by Airtable are:
- Link Tables
- Fully mobile
On the other hand, Google Sheets provides the following key features:
- Share with anyone
- Edit in real-time
- Chat & comment
"Powerful and easy to use" is the top reason why over 9 developers like Airtable, while over 5 developers mention "Simultaneous shared editing" as the leading cause for choosing Google Sheets.
Coderus, Appian, and White Rabbit Express are some of the popular companies that use Google Sheets, whereas Airtable is used by Zenefits, Hazeorid, and Cookly. Google Sheets has a broader approval, being mentioned in 81 company stacks & 56 developers stacks; compared to Airtable, which is listed in 40 company stacks and 20 developer stacks.
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If you're a developer using Google Docs or Google Sheets... just stop. There are much better alternatives these days that provide a better user and developer experience.
At FeaturePeek, we use slite for our internal documents and knowledge tracking. Slite's look and feel is similar to Slack's, so if you use Slack, you'll feel right at home. Slite is great for keeping tabs on meeting notes, internal documentation, drafting marketing content, writing pitches... any long-form text writing that we do as a company happens in Slite. I'm able to be up-to-date with everyone on my team by viewing our team activity. I feel more organized using Slite as opposed to GDocs or GDrive.
Airtable is also absolutely killer – you'll never want to use Google Sheets again. Have you noticed that with most spreadsheet apps, if you have a tall or wide cell, your screen jumps all over the place when you scroll? With Airtable, you can scroll by screen pixels instead of by spreadsheet cells – this makes a huge difference! It's one of those things that you don't really notice at first, but once you do, you can't go back. This is just one example of the UX improvements that Airtable has to the previous generation of spreadsheet apps – there are plenty more.
Also, their API is a breeze to use. If you're logged in, the docs fill in values from your tables and account, so it feels personalized to you.
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We use Google Sheets to store the call for speakers proposals received from Google Forms.
Then we use Spreadsheets API to populate a Single Page App for reviewing proposal, vote and sort.
I'm using Google Sheets on a regular basis to plan events, calculate budgets and prices for products and many other eventualities
Simple tracking tool for which customers (CBO's) and districts are on board with the system.
Rich feature set. Enjoyable UX design. Good integrations with several other tools we use.