What does Kendo UI core really offer?
Let us look at what is being offered as part of the Kendo UI core package. Telerik has published a nice comparison table which we will use as the basis for our analysis.
What’s included: smaller widgets
A collection of smaller widgets like Textboxes, Calendars, Color Pickers, Menus, Buttons, and Combo Boxes, along with core frameworks like Data Source, MVVM, Single-Page App, and Drag and Drop.
What’s not included: anything larger
All the larger widgets like the Chart, Grid, Scheduler, Gauge, and Map. These can be summarized as everything needed to build a non-trivial/commercial web or mobile application.
The bottom-line is that you can get started developing with KendoUI core (or any of several freely available frameworks), but for any non-trivial web or mobile application you would definitely need alternatives.
We see this as a marketing effort to improve the adoption of their commercial offerings.
Our Hobbyist licenses are a superior value: $1 gets you 70+ controls, commercial use, and full support
Online demos of the 70+ web, mobile, and data visualization controls available in Essential JS can be seen here:
We hope that the above information provides enough clarity to our customers in choosing between the KendoUI core and Syncfusion Essential JS libraries. Essential JS is a far superior value.