Phalcon and Laravel are comparable as how easy they are to use. They are both well-designed. Laravel on one hand is written entirely in PHP. Phalcon is written in C and is installed as a PHP extension. In Phalcon, project has almost no files to start with. One can use opcode cache with Laravel, but even then, Phalcon will be faster, there’s no way around that. On the other hand, one can trace the code execution into the core of Laravel, we can’t really do that with Phalcon. We can also install Laravel on any server, Phalcon will require a server with root access to install the PHP extension. Phalcon is delivered as a C extension But written in Zephir lang. Laravel is a bunch of composer packages tied together to make it work.
Phalcon is blazing fast whereas Laravel is comparatively slower. In phalcon, as default, directory structure, the way we write classes dictates the routes. In laravel, we define the route and map it to a action. Phalcon doesn’t have footprint in the project it resides in the memory, so we will not see phalcon specific code in our project, we see only the code we wrote. We will get laravel’s source code when we install it. We can’t play around with Phalcon’s source code and modify to fit our different needs. But, with laravel we can. Laravel IMO is more flexible than Phalcon. Laravel’s ORM called Eloquent is really popular and is really flexible as compared to phalcon. Phalcon is faster, but we have to do more work with it than in Laravel to make the same thing. For speed, one can try other framework in Python, nodejs, ruby, even scala/java.