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Amazon Cognito vs G Suite: What are the differences?

Amazon Cognito: Securely manage and synchronize app data for your users across their mobile devices. You can create unique identities for your users through a number of public login providers (Amazon, Facebook, and Google) and also support unauthenticated guests. You can save app data locally on users’ devices allowing your applications to work even when the devices are offline; G Suite: Collaboration and productivity apps for Business. An integrated suite of secure, cloud-native collaboration and productivity apps. It includes Gmail, Docs, Drive, Calendar, Meet and more.

Amazon Cognito can be classified as a tool in the "User Management and Authentication" category, while G Suite is grouped under "Productivity Suite".

Some of the features offered by Amazon Cognito are:

  • Manage Unique Identities
  • Work Offline
  • Store and Sync across Devices

On the other hand, G Suite provides the following key features:

  • gmail
  • google drive
  • Calendar

"Backed by Amazon" is the top reason why over 11 developers like Amazon Cognito, while over 610 developers mention "Gmail" as the leading cause for choosing G Suite.

Uber Technologies, Spotify, and Pinterest are some of the popular companies that use G Suite, whereas Amazon Cognito is used by Sendhelper Pte Ltd, Strain Merchant, and ChromaDex. G Suite has a broader approval, being mentioned in 10728 company stacks & 1087 developers stacks; compared to Amazon Cognito, which is listed in 40 company stacks and 12 developer stacks.

Decisions about Amazon Cognito and G Suite
Brent Maxwell
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I started our team on Amazon Cognito because I was a Solutions Architect at AWS and found it really easy to follow the tutorials and get a basic app up and running with it.

When our team started working with it, they very quickly became frustrated because of the poor documentation. After 4 days of trying to get all the basic passwordless auth working, our lead engineer made the decision to abandon it and try Auth0... and managed to get everything implemented in 4 hours.

The consensus was that Cognito just isn't mature enough or well-documented, and that the implementation does not cater for real world use cases the way that it should. I believe Amplify has made some of this simpler, but I would still recommend Auth0 as it's been bulletproof for us, and is a sensible price.

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Nasser Khan
Product Manager at StackShare · | 13 upvotes · 199.8K views

We are highly dependent on G Suite for all our collaboration and productivity needs, from Gmail and Calendar to Sheets and Docs. While it may not be as robust as Microsoft's offerings in those areas, it's totally cloud-based, we've never had any downtime issues and it integrates well with our other tools like Slack. We write and collaborate on all our specs/PRDs in Docs, share analyses via Sheets and handle our meetings via Calendar. #StackDecisionsLaunch #ProductivitySuite #Collaboration #DocumentCollaboration

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Pros of Amazon Cognito
Pros of G Suite
  • 14
    Backed by Amazon
  • 7
    Manage Unique Identities
  • 4
    Work Offline
  • 3
    MFA
  • 2
    Store and Sync
  • 1
    It works
  • 1
    Integrate with Google, Amazon, Twitter, Facebook, SAML
  • 1
    SDKs and code samples
  • 1
    Free for first 50000 users
  • 609
    Gmail
  • 446
    Google docs
  • 365
    Calendar
  • 284
    Great for startups
  • 230
    Easy to work
  • 115
    Document management & workflow
  • 110
    Very easy to share
  • 80
    No brainer
  • 59
    Google groups
  • 59
    Google scripts & api
  • 22
    Google drive
  • 16
    Popular
  • 13
    No spam, phishing protection
  • 12
    Google Spreadsheets
  • 12
    Easy
  • 10
    Cloud based and collaboration
  • 7
    Simple and fast document creation collaboration
  • 6
    Best Cloud environment ever
  • 5
    Google maps api
  • 3
    Google-powered Search in Gmail
  • 3
    Geolocation
  • 2
    Awesome Collaboration Tools
  • 1
    도메인 단위로 어플을 관리할 수 있고, 클라우드지만 강력한 보안기능과 기기관리 기능을 제공
  • 1
    music
  • 1
    Simple
  • 1
    Single sign-on

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Cons of Amazon Cognito
Cons of G Suite
  • 4
    Massive Pain to get working
  • 3
    Documentation often out of date
  • 2
    Login-UI sparsely customizable (e.g. no translation)
  • 1
    Docs are vast but mostly useless
  • 1
    MFA: there is no "forget device" function
  • 1
    Difficult to customize (basic-pack is more than humble)
  • 1
    Lacks many basic features
  • 1
    There is no "Logout" method in the API
  • 1
    No recovery codes for MFA
  • 1
    Hard to find expiration times for tokens/codes
  • 1
    Only paid support
  • 5
    Starting to get pricey
  • 3
    Good luck changing domains
  • 1
    Lesser fonts and styling available in mail compose
  • 1
    Long emails get truncated

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What is Amazon Cognito?

You can create unique identities for your users through a number of public login providers (Amazon, Facebook, and Google) and also support unauthenticated guests. You can save app data locally on users’ devices allowing your applications to work even when the devices are offline.

What is G Suite?

An integrated suite of secure, cloud-native collaboration and productivity apps. It includes Gmail, Docs, Drive, Calendar, Meet and more.

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