Webull and Public are two relatively new investing apps that you may have already started hearing about, and today we are going to compare the two of them and see which investing app offers more to investors.

Which investing app is better, Webull or Public?


Services 85%
Simplicity 85%
Sign-ups 95%
Stock Research 95%
Store Rating 85%


Services 70%
Simplicity 90%
Sign-ups 90%
Stock Research 75%
Store Rating 90%
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As common in the fintech industry, both of these apps serve different purposes, so each one may be appealing to you depending on your situation and needs.

Webull is much better suited for people who want to day-trade and do technical analysis, while Public is more of a casual feeling investing app.

Where Public has an advantage over Webull, is the ability to purchase fractional shares, instead of having to purchase full shares of expensive stocks, like you have to do with Webull.

Public also has a really friendly community, which you can interact with in the app. It acts pretty much like a social media platform where you can talk about different investments and see other people’s trades.

One really neat way Public has set itself apart from competitors is by stopping the practice of getting paid for order flow, which is basically where a market maker or clearing firm will pay a brokerage to send orders to them instead of other firms.

Usually how that would work out is the higher cost firms could pay more for order flow, so there was a built-in conflict of interest there, but Public decided to attempt to go with the lowest cost firms, which is beneficial for the investor.

Instead of getting paid for order flow, Public just added a “tipping” feature so investors can choose to support the cause, if they want.

Hopefully this forces other brokerages to do the same, because paying for order flow is pretty sketchy, in my opinion.

Webull vs Public: Services and features

Webull Services 85%
Public Services 70%

We’ve prepared a pretty table for you that shows a comparison of the different services and features that both Webull and Public have to offer.


Webull FeaturesFree AccountPremium AccountPublic FeaturesFree AccountPremium Account
Monthly Fee$0N/AMonthly Fee$0N/A
Minimum Balance$0 or $100 for deposit bonusN/AMinimum Balance$0N/A
Instant DepositsPartialN/AInstant Depositsinvesting apps feature noN/A
Automatic Depositsinvesting apps feature noN/AAutomatic Depositsinvesting apps feature noN/A
Stocksinvestment app feature yesN/AStocksinvestment app feature yesN/A
ETFsinvestment app feature yesN/AETFsinvestment app feature yesN/A
Optionsinvestment app feature yesN/AOptionsinvesting apps feature noN/A
Cryptocurrencyinvestment app feature yesN/ACryptocurrencyinvesting apps feature noN/A
Fractional Sharesinvesting apps feature noN/AFractional Sharesinvestment app feature yesN/A
DRIP/FRIPinvesting apps feature noN/ADRIP/FRIPinvestment app feature yesN/A
Bondsinvesting apps feature noN/ABondsinvesting apps feature noN/A
Mutual Fundsinvesting apps feature noN/AMutual Fundsinvesting apps feature noN/A
Paper Tradinginvestment app feature yesN/APaper Tradinginvesting apps feature noN/A
Margin Accountsinvestment app feature yesN/AMargin Accountsinvesting apps feature noN/A
Retirement Accountsinvestment app feature yesN/ARetirement Accountsinvesting apps feature noN/A
Banking Servicesinvesting apps feature noN/ABanking Servicesinvesting apps feature noN/A
Human Advisorsinvesting apps feature noN/AHuman Advisorsinvesting apps feature noN/A
Robo Advisorsinvesting apps feature noN/ARobo Advisorsinvesting apps feature noN/A
Stock Screenersinvestment app feature yesN/AStock Screenersinvesting apps feature noN/A
Level 2 Market Datainvesting apps feature noinvestment app feature yesLevel 2 Market Datainvesting apps feature noN/A
OtherStock lending income programN/AOtherN/A

Which investment app has the best services and features?

Honestly, Public feels really clean and modern, and fractional shares are always welcome, but the app just feels too limited compared to Webull.

People want access to features, and there are better apps, like Acorns, if you want your investing to be fully passive.

If Public started offering more investment options and features, I’m pretty sure people would start taking them more seriously, but for now, Webull simply has more features to offer investors.

Which investing app is easiest to use, Webull or Public?

Webull Simplicity 85%
Public Simplicity 90%

Webull simplicity

webull easy app

Webull is a great app, but it wasn’t designed to be as simple as some of the other investment apps, like Acorns, Cash App, and Public.

The Webull app was made to cater to day traders, which inherently makes it a little more technical than regular passive investing apps are.

Public simplicity

public easy investing

Public is a really simple and easy to use investing app, which makes sense considering it’s lack of features.

I don’t feel like investors need much more from an investing app than Public provides, but I could see how some people would prefer having a slightly harder to us app that has more features.

The most important thing that Public offers, is fractional shares, which just make life much more convenient for investors who don’t have large amounts of capital.

Which investment app is easiest to use?

Personally, anything with fractional shares feels easier to use by default than any investing app that doesn’t offer them, so Public wins this category for me.

Webull is still easy to use, however dealing in full shares is annoying and hopefully that archaic practice will be gone soon.

Webull and Public sign-up and referral bonuses

Webull Sign-up and Referrals 95%
Public Sign-up and Referrals 90%

I like free money, so signing up for investing apps and getting free bonuses is always fun for me. I’m not sure why I like it so much…

Anyway, if you want your fair share of referral rewards and bonuses, then this section is for you!

Webull sign-up and referral bonuses

webull referral promo

Webull is the investing app of choice if sign-up bonuses and referral rewards are what you’re interested in.

They have one of the best, if not the best, referral programs around, awarding users 2 stocks worth $10+ for referring new users who deposit $100 or more.

They also have the Webull Influencer Program for people who refer a lot of people, which offers more flexible reward structures for referring new users.

Overall, Webull is really top-notch when it comes to their free bonuses and user acquisition.


Public sign-up and referral bonuses

public referrals

Public’s sign-up and referral program isn’t bad either, it’s just not quite as good as Webull’s, but there’s no shame in that.

Public will reward people with $7 in a stock when they sign up or refer a new user, so it’s a fairly straight forward reward system.

Best sign-up and referral program?

Webull wins the referral bonus battle, like usual…

They did a good job securing that part of the industry, and I feel bad for the other investing apps who are trying to grow and compete with that acquisition model…

Webull vs Public - best stock research tools

Webull Stock Research 95%
Public Stock Research 75%

Webull stock research tools

Webull’s other big strength is it’s research tools, which are much more powerful than most investing apps have.

Their app is pretty much a mobile trading platform, so don’t expect many of the other investment apps to be able to compete with Webull’s tools.

Public stock research tools

The public stock research tools are pretty mediocre, especially when you compare them to the professional grade tools of apps like Webull.

I wouldn’t say this is enough to stop me from using their app, but it definitely wouldn’t hurt them to make their tools a little more powerful.

Best stock research tools, Webull or Public?

Webull has amazing tools and definitely deserves to win here.

Public has a long way to go to get anywhere near the level of Webull’s tools, but their app would feel a LOT better with just a little bit of effort put into their research tools.


Which app did you like best?

Are you more of a day-trader and chose to use Webull? How did you like it?

Did public seem like a better choice?

Let us know what you think so we can provide everyone with higher-quality investing app reviews in the future.

Until then, thanks for reading, have a wonderful day!