When comparing F-Droid vs Aptoide, the Slant community recommends F-Droid for most people. In the question“What is the best Google Play Store alternative?” F-Droid is ranked 1st while Aptoide is ranked 5th.
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Pro All titles are free and open source
All apps and games on F-Droid are free and open source (FOSS), making for a complete store resource for users who want to use only open source software on their device.
Pro F-Droid compiles all packages
F-Droid compiles all the packages themselves ensuring a high level of security. Other stores just allow the developer to upload the app already compiled, meaning anything malicious could be in the app.
Pro All apps have no ads nor tracking
This alone can be a great reason to use the apps available on F-Droid, but there is also the fact that this can increase battery life due to tracking and ads never requiring a data connection, since they are not present.
Pro Previous versions of apps remain available after updates
If you don't like an app after an update, you can download the previous version again. This is not possible on GooglePlay.
Pro File sizes are shown
For those running out of room, the size of the APK is always shown.
Pro Multiple repository sources
You have more than one source of apps and updates and local repository too
Everything is completely free on Aptoide.
Pro Trusted Stamp
Aptoide has a feature called "Trusted Stamps". These are signifiers that an app is trusted and will not contain anything malicious. There are also signifiers to let users know if an app may have been flagged for malicious content.
Pro Large user base
To date, there are 120 Million unique devices that have installed Aptoide, making this app store top market in terms of a user base that is engaged and generates millions of downloads for its community of app developers and publishers.
Pro Sync with your apps
Aptoide can sync with the apps you installed from other locations, giving you the latest updates from different users to choose from.
Pro Large selection of Apps
By August 2015, Aptoide's market place had grown to over 350,000 different applications, including all the most well known ones. Information is available in the homepage.
Pro Downgrade at will
Aptoide allows you to downgrade to a lower version in case you have issues with the latest version you installed, provided there is a version lower than your's available.
Pro Create a private store
If you're running closed beta tests or if you want to share certain apps with your employees only, this is the way to go. Follow the path: My Store > Privacy > Private.
Pro Partnership program
Aptoide offers a partnership program where partners can set up and manage their own retail Android stores. This allows the partner to choose and curate the content and design of their own store.
Pro APT based repositories
Aptoide uses an APT based repository system for their store. Users can create their own repos to then share with friends or use privately for backup functions.
Pro Upload all of your apps from Dropbox
You can upload your apps just by putting them in a Dropbox folder. The folder Aptoide will sync with your store. Simply go to My Apps > Add App > Upload with Dropbox and start uploading.
Pro Open source version available
Aptoide offers an open source client version. This way anyone can look through the code as well as create their own app stores.
Pro You can target specific countries
Maximize the relevance of your ads and increase your click through rates by targeting specific countries. You can find it by going to Aptoide Ads > Campaigns > Create Ad Group.
Pro Global presence and localization
Aptoide's client is translated into over 40 languages and it is used in almost every country, even countries where Google Play is unavailable or has a limited presence (e.g, China, Iran, etc). It is great way to reach out to users that you wouldn't normally be able to if you're only publishing on Google Play.
Pro Paid user acquisition
With Aptoide you can generate organic downloads, but also run paid acquisition campaigns. These campaigns run on a non-incentivized CPI (cost-per-install) basis and they will appear as display ads and/or search ads. When joining Aptoide, you are offered US $50 in promotional funds for you to try their ad platform and acquire free users.
Pro Malware free ecosystem
One of Aptoide’s big advantages is that its commitment to guarantee a malware free ecosystem. There are several layers of protection and validation. You can hear its CEO explaining it in detail here.
Pro Publisher program
Aptoide offers a publisher program to their users that allows anyone to publish and monetize their apps.
Pro Fast update
Updates come on Aptoide before Google Play itself (but they can be a bit buggy).
Pro Auto update
With Aptoide, you can check an option that will facilitate the automatic update of apps to the latest version available in the market.
Con No ratings/comments/number of downloads
All apps are presented equally. It is difficult to judge an app's quality/popularity before trying it. On the upside, descriptions are fair (written by the F-Droid maintainers, not by the app authors).
Con It doesn't have all the open source apps
There are many open source apps that aren't available on F-Droid due to their authors not making it available on that particular app store. One example is Omni Noted, which is on the Play Store but not F-Droid.
Con Small selection
F-Droid has a small selection of apps when compared to other major Android markets. This is due to every app being open source and given away for free, something not many people are willing to do with their time and creations.
Con Not all apps have screenshots
It can be difficult to tell what an app is like without installing it.
Con Descriptions are only available in English
Though the store app is multilingual, the app descriptions are only in English, meaning you must know English to find an app, even if the app is supposed to be multilingual.
Con A lot of apps lack polish
Since every app on F-Droid is FOSS and released for free, many of them aren't as polished compared to other markets and their paid app selections.
Con Updates are not automatic
You have to click the updates one-by-one in order to make them happen.
Con Not all apps are completely safe-to-download
Some apps in Aptoide are filled with viruses that sometimes Aptoide will mark with "Unknown" or "Warning" in the apps safety test, without removing the app.
Con Illegal apps
Aptoide hosts many free apps that are cracks on paid apps from other stores.
Con Slowest downloading
What's terrible for a gamer who is excited to take an opportunity to try other apps, is that it might take at least 50 minutes to 1 hour for the app to completely download.