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PubNub vs SendBird: What are the differences?

What is PubNub? Build real-time apps quickly and scale them globally. PubNub makes it easy for you to add real-time capabilities to your apps, without worrying about the infrastructure. Build apps that allow your users to engage in real-time across mobile, browser, desktop and server.

What is SendBird? A Complete Chat Platform, Messaging and Chat SDK and API. SendBird is a Messaging SDK, Chat API, and fully managed chat infrastructure for your mobile apps and websites. Embeddable chat for iOS, Android, JavaScript, Unity, .NET.

PubNub and SendBird are primarily classified as "Realtime Backend / API" and "Communications SDK" tools respectively.

"Massively scalable & easy to use" is the top reason why over 31 developers like PubNub, while over 10 developers mention "Active support is impressive. (Support for private deve" as the leading cause for choosing SendBird.

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Pros of PubNub
Pros of SendBird
  • 35
    Massively scalable & easy to use
  • 25
    Easy setup
  • 20
    Reliable
  • 19
    Great support
  • 14
    Flexible to integrate to custom applications
  • 13
    Sockets at Scale
  • 13
    High-Performance
  • 13
    99.999% availability guarantees
  • 12
    Multiplexing
  • 12
    High-Reliability
  • 7
    Scalability
  • 5
    70+ SDKs
  • 5
    High-Availability
  • 4
    Security
  • 4
    Azure Add-on
  • 3
    Heroku Add-on
  • 3
    Easy to setup
  • 3
    Flexible
  • 3
    Presence
  • 2
    Analytics
  • 2
    Free Plan
  • 2
    Server-Side Cache
  • 2
    PhoneGap Plugin
  • 2
    AngularJS Adapter
  • 2
    Data Sync
  • 2
    Data Streams
  • 2
    Support
  • 1
    Easy setup and very reliable
  • 1
    High cost, going up more in Summer '15
  • 1
    Cool
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    Angular 2+ integration
  • 1
    Documentation, easy to use, great people/service
  • 1
    CTO stephen also is A++++++
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    Real time and easy to use.
  • 1
    Easy integration with iOS apps
  • 13
    Active support is impressive. (Support for private deve
  • 10
    Easy to use
  • 9
    Pre-built UI for major platforms
  • 8
    Migration API for customers using other chat services
  • 7
    First chat SDK officially supports Xamarin
  • 7
    Scalability is awesome
  • 5
    Cool product
  • 5
    Because my product guy told me to
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    Unlimited number of users in public chat
  • 4
    Flexible message format ex) json, xml
  • 2
    Out of the box api and features
  • 2
    Intuitive and feature-packed

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Cons of PubNub
Cons of SendBird
  • 1
    Costly
  • 2
    Policy on concurrent users leads to overages and overch
  • 2
    Prices ramp up exponentially

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What is PubNub?

PubNub makes it easy for you to add real-time capabilities to your apps, without worrying about the infrastructure. Build apps that allow your users to engage in real-time across mobile, browser, desktop and server.

What is SendBird?

SendBird is a Messaging SDK, Chat API, and fully managed chat infrastructure for your mobile apps and websites. Embeddable chat for iOS, Android, JavaScript, Unity, .NET.

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