How does Builder.ai compare to other app builders?

Low-code/no-code offer speed and lower prices, whereas developers cost more and take longer but allow you more flexibility.

Builder.ai was created to be the best of both worlds, we’re faster and more cost effective than developers but offer you the same flexibility and you own your code. And unlike either option, we give you accurate times and a complete price before you start.

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How we compare

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Low code / No code

Custom software with unlimited flexibility. Automation speeds up the process.

Build anything from scratch but slower and more expensive.

Templated approach with limited customisation. Requires tool training.

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Fully transparent. We use AI to give you accurate timelines.

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Unpredictable timeline. Involves a lot of guesswork.

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As fast as you are. Need to do a lot of the legwork yourself.

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Guaranteed price before you start, using AI

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You pay by the hour for developers’ time. It’s not transparent or predictable.

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Lower prices but it isn’t a one-off payment. You’re locked in forever

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AI assigns you expert support based on your project

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Project manager is assigned to you

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We give you your code and you’re free to host it anywhere. No lock-in

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Developers, like us, give you your code once you’ve built your apps.

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You’re locked into low-code/no-code platforms. Leave and you lose your app.

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Case Studies

Looking for a no-code app builder? See how we’ve helped everyone from big global brands to innovative entrepreneurs to build software.

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Child and adolescent psychiatrist, Dr Hassan Yasin, wanted to create a social media community for those facing mental health challenges. Our AI-powered platform helps people share their mood and find ways to improve it.

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For Head of Technology at Xander, our AI-powered software helped make their app building a “breeze”, as it helped show “how much cost & time impact each feature would add to the overall project.”                                            

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For the largest cash and carry in South East Asia, the Builder.ai solution was 98.3% cheaper than paying previous ongoing SaaS costs. We have now been a “valuable partner” for the last 2 years (Siam Makro Tech Lead)

FAQs

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How much does it cost to build an app?

This depends on how complicated your app is and who you choose to build it. Our ecommerce app is free and the order management system we built Makro cost thousands but compared to what they were using before – it was 98% cheaper! Unlike other app builders, we give you an accurate delivery time and price before you start. Our AI, Natasha, calculates this instantly and we’re so confident in her, that we guarantee your price.

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How do you create an app without any coding?

Use an app builder and you can create an app without coding. However most app builders use drag and drop templates so although they’re faster and cheaper than traditional developers, you can’t customise them very much. Builder Studio is different. You get the ease of no-code app builders and flexibility to create exactly what you need that you’d usually only get from a custom build (just without the massive price tag!)

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Can you create an app for free?

Yes, you can! Studio Store offers pre-packaged apps for all kinds of different businesses. Choose our ecommerce app and you can take 50 orders every month and not pay anything at all. You get iOS and Android apps and a website too – we’ll even host your store. And you can upgrade to unlimited orders for a very reasonable price, whenever you’re ready.

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How can I create my own app?

Want to try it out for free? Our instant prototyping tool lets you create a mockup of your software and click through it as if it was a completed app. It takes less than 10 minutes to see exactly how your idea will look and behave. Tinker with the layout and user experience until you think it’s perfect. Then share with friends, colleagues or investors for feedback.
Then when you’re ready to build your app? Chat to us. We’ll give you a guaranteed price and set timelines and we’ll handle everything from making sure your app is a pleasure to use, to keeping it updated once it’s built. We can even save you loads on cloud hosting. And there’s no lock in, your code is yours.

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Is it hard to create an app?

It’s just like ordering pizza online – easy! Choose an app like your idea – that’s the base. Next up, pick the toppings you’d like. That’s the features (things like login or shopping cart), we’ve coded these already and they work together, like a Lego set. It’s straightforward and you don’t need any tech skills. If you’d like a hand, our team is happy to help.

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How much does it cost to publish an app on the app store?

You need a developer account to publish your app on app stores. This costs $25 for a Google Developer account to publish on Play Store. To publish an app on The App Store, it costs $99 a year for an Apple Developer account. And we’re here for you all the way, from first chat right through to your successful launch.

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How do I start an app business?

First up, research – find a gap in the market or a way your app business can offer something better for your potential customers. Try our free prototyping tool to see how your idea might work and get feedback from friends, potential customers and investors. Then choose your app development team – we’d obviously suggest Builder.ai but whoever you choose make sure you get exactly what’s going to be delivered, how long it’ll take and how much it’ll cost nailed down before your start (our prices are guaranteed, upfront).
We’ve put together some handy guides to help you:
How to create an app from scratch
29 free ways to increase app downloads
Starting an online business - PSCM method