Should I choose Web, Native, or Hybrid development?
Native Apps are built for specific platforms making them fast and responsive. They are considered to have the best performance and have the best overall user experience.
Advantages of Native Apps
- They are distributed in the app store
- They are more interactive, intuitive, and run much smoother regarding user input and output
- Native allows developers to access the full feature set of a given platform with whatever performance optimizations the native system has
- An internet connection is not required, although it depends on functionality
- Overall better user experience. To the user, the flow is more natural as apps have specific UI standards for each platform
Disadvantages of Native Apps
- Difficult languages to learn which means you need experienced developers
- More expensive than alternatives
- Not the best option for simple apps
Web Apps are easier to build but are often much slower. Web apps are not recommended for a company that is looking to build an interactive and intuitive experience.
Advantages of Web Apps
- Easy to build
- Easy to maintain
- Inexpensive option
- Build one app for all platforms – iOS, Android, etc., as long as it can run in a browser
Disadvantages of Web Apps
- Requires a browser to run. Entering the URL is another step for the user which can disrupt the user experience
- Much slower than native apps
- Web apps are less interactive and intuitive than native apps
- Unable to leverage device utilities
With Hybrid Apps, you have to contend with issues that stem from both native systems and web systems, which makes fixing bugs more difficult. Performance is also a disadvantage because hybrid apps load in webview. Additionally, the more customization you want within your hybrid app, the more expensive it will be, and therefore a native solution may be more cost-effective.
Advantages of Hybrid Apps
- No browser needed as opposed to web apps
- Access to internal device APIs can access storage, camera, and other inbuilt features
- Faster to develop than native apps
Disadvantages of Hybrid Apps
- Slower than native apps
- Less interactive than native apps
- More expensive than standard web apps. You will need to work with a wrapper which means you’re essentially dependent on a third-party
Although the initial cost may be higher with a native app, you’ll end up saving a lot of time and money in the long run. By offering a great user experience, better performance, and leveraging the device features, you’re able to provide your users a more personalized experience.