Ok, so this article is going to get you through some of the basic comparisons between Ionic and React Native – two of the most popular platforms in the mobile app market today. If you are planning to get a mobile app developed for your business, but unsure whether to go for Ionic or React Native app development, then by the time you will end up reading this post, you will have all the clarity you need.
So, without beating around the bush let us compare the two technologies –
Native vs Hybrid
Now if you are aware of the basic terminology of the mobile industry, you would know that hybrid apps are nothing more than websites embedded in a mobile app using the web-view. Native apps, on the other hand, are developed in a language which is required by the platform it is targeting.
Now, ionic is basically a typical hybrid framework, which uses technologies to write and render the app. React Native on the other hand, as clear from its name, is a native framework.
Talking about the building blocks or the creating components as they are normally called ionic uses PhoneGap/Cordova to produce native components to be used in the app development, whereas the components in React Native are reusable, directly compiled in the native platform. As a result of this, you get a more consistent look and feel in apps built using React Native.
If we talk about platform adaptability, the battle between the two becomes even more intense.
As the same code is used to run the app across all platforms, ionic adapts better for cross-platform development, working like write once and use it anywhere thing. React, however, does not want you to ignore platform-specific logic, as it was created for native app development. Hence, you have to focus on developing platform-specific components. As the apps are built specifically for the platform, the adaptability is much better when compared to ionic.
This is where the two are neck to neck. Both the app development platforms allow real-time testing, showing previews across browsers. However, React we would say is a step ahead as it even previews the results of modifications while you are working on them.
Therefore, when it comes to testing React Native is a notch ahead of ionic.
The basic difference between the two technologies lies in-app rendering. While ionic functions the best when you are writing apps in Java, whereas ionic uses Typescript, making ionic a write once and run anywhere platform.
Coming to one of the most important aspects of the two technologies – community support! Both have a fairly well-built community. But if we focus on the difference between the two, ionic is more popular on Stack overflow, whereas answers related to React Native can be found majorly in GitHub.
The strength of community for these platforms is equally comparable. So, there is nothing much to choose here.
The biggest point of difference between the two technologies is that ionic is backed by Google, whereas Facebook has its hand for support with React Native. As already stated, one technology is leveraged to create native apps while the other is focused primarily on hybrid apps. So, it depends on what your preference is.
Based on your business needs, and what your expectations from the end result are, a mobile app developer could be the best guide for you to choose between the two technologies. While saving time and money is one of the key factors that stand in favor of hybrid apps developed using ionic, React Native App Development is the go-to technology if you want to opt for a renewed user experience every single time!
We’d recommend you to test the two before finalizing one platform in which you want your business app to be built.
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