The rapid increase in the number of mobile apps has turned mobile app development into the hottest topic of discussion now-a-days everywhere. Most of the organizations are picking mobility as the best option to expand the business ensuring profit. To meet the steadily changing business needs, there are a large number of technologies and platforms that are being introduced now and again. It additionally turns into a state of discussion of react-native vs. ionic to pick the correct framework to achieve the primary objectives.
React Native vs Ionic React, the difference can be simply explained as Ionic React is web-first, which means instead of accessing platform UI controls directly it implements native iOS and Android UI patterns through standards-based cross-platform technology. Whereas React Native works with the help of reacting that directly controls the platform UI.
Since Ionic is a framework for hybrid mobile app development and React Native is a cross-platform framework let’s discover how they both are different from each other.
Ionic FrameworkThe ionic framework is well-known for its principle of "write once - use everywhere". It is because it allows developers to create just one application and use it on several platforms, irrespective of the device. It mainly focuses on developing hybrid mobile apps, Progressive Web Applications, and desktop-based applications. With React Native Ionicons you can access and use the iconicons developed by the Ionic framework team easily that ultimately gives an amazing look and feel to your application. Ionic ensures reduction of the development time significantly and also helps in validation of app’s concept effectively.
But since the code is reused across multiple platforms, hence hybrid apps will not have access to the native features (like camera, GPS, contacts, and so on) of the mobile device. To balance this Ionic uses Cordova plugins to integrate the native features to your apps that add an extra level of complicacy. But if we consider web applications, ionic makes them easier to be converted to Progressive Web Apps which can be downloaded just like other mobile apps.
ResultIf you are willing to develop a mobile app that looks and feels like a native app but for cross-platform usage on iOS and Android, then React Native should be your right pick. On the other hand, if you are looking for an amazing user interface matching your website in the form of a mobile app, you can opt for Ionic instead.
IonicThe flexibility of the ionic tech stack is a lot more as compared to React Native also it has many built-in features which make the development easier, faster, and smoother and it can be used for any web development without a second thought.
ResultPreviously ionic apps were built using angular hence it was less flexible as compared to react-native but with the recent update it has been a lot more ductile hence it can be used in the development of any web framework and this makes Ionic a must pick in this category.
IonicSince Ionic is a hybrid framework it can’t help you build native applications and it can also result in some major performance concerns. Ionic also needs the Cordova plugin for accessing native features but the call-backs existing in native code may cause lag.
ResultIonic being a great option for building presentable UI and faster development also comes with some serious performance challenges as compared to React Native. The Cordova plugin is building a web view instead of a native app so it may cause slowness but React Native having truly native components ensures better performance.
Pros and Cons of React Native vs IonicBy considering the above we can differentiate the advantages and disadvantages of both React Native and Ionic as below-
Advantages of React Nativei. It uses React for sturdy web functionalities
iii. Cross-platform native application development on iOS as well as Android
iv. A better user experience
Advantages of Ionici. Holds the capacity of building Cross-platform hybrid apps on both iOS and Android
iii. Quite flexible as compared to other web frameworks
Disadvantages of React Nativei. Learning React is a must before moving to React Native
ii. For heavy apps based on animations, gaming, etc. React Native can’t be a primary choice since it is not suitable for such applications
iii. The cost will be higher as compared to Ionic
Disadvantages of Ionici. Performance-wise it is a minus as compared to native applications
ii. The additional plugin is a must to access native APIs and modules
iii. The plugin will only build a web view instead of the complete look and feel of a native app
ConclusionTaking these above points into consideration React Native seems to be better framework here but still, there is not accurate answer to the question that "which one is the best framework?" It is because they both have their specialty.If you are willing to build cross-platform applications then set your preferences clearly and evaluate both the frameworks as per your requirement then you can decide which one should be your ideal pick.
We have a team of experienced Ionic as well as React Native developers who have already worked on several projects. Get in touch with OdiTek Solutions to hire React Native or Ionic developers for your next application development project.
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