Whenever it comes to comparing the platforms or frameworks that develop the mobile apps, it becomes a very difficult choice, whether it is to choose between iOS and Android or between Ionic and React Native. Let’s dive in to find out which cross-platform mobile app development framework is better:
Native apps are developed in the language required by the platform it targets, Objective-C or Swift for iOS, Java for Android, etc. The code written is not shared across platforms and their behavior varies. They have direct access to all features offered by the platform without any restriction.
Ionic versus React Native – let’s check out the differences between the two:
|General Idea||Web Technologies for improved portability||Use functional user interface|
|Code Language||Typescript (It is a typed superset of JS that compiles to simple & clean JS on any browser)||JSX (It is a syntax extension that optimizes the code while compiling the code to JS)|
|Ease of Learning||More pre-developed & pre-styled components||Very few pre-developed components|
|Ease of Development||Needs to be written only once, but can be executed anywhere||Needs to be learned only once and becomes easy to write on any platform|
|Code Reusability||Reuse the code to develop Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Web, Desktop & Progressive Web Apps||Reuse the code to develop Android, iOS & Windows Phone Apps|
|Code Performance||Okay, as it uses WebView||Excellent, as there’s no WebView|
|Code Testing||Testing can be done on any browser||Testing needs emulator or a real mobile device|
|Phone Hardware Accessibility||Apache Cordova is used||React Native itself is capable enough|
|Documentation||Simple, clean & consistent||Very basic|
Now, which one is better, Ionic or React Native? Ionic and React Native both are completely opposite and offer completely different web and mobile app solutions.
But, how to choose the right cross-platform mobile app development framework? Based on the reusability of the code and excellent performance of apps developed using React Native, there are more benefits that bring React Native to the forefront.
React Native is preferable for speedy app development without compromising the quality of apps for multiple platforms.