React Native vs. Ionic
Tabular Comparison between React Native vs Ionic:
|Purpose||Learn once, write anywhere||Write once, run anywhere|
|Nature of apps||Cross-platform||Hybrid apps|
|Popular for||Native – like and elegant user interfaces across the platforms||Using a single code base, you can develop an app for iOS, Android, Windows, Web, Desktop|
|Reusability of code||The platform-specific code needs to be changed||Optimum reusability of code|
|Performance||Closer native look and comparatively faster||Slower than React Native due to WebView|
|Code testing||Need a real mobile device or emulator to test the code||Using any browser, the code can be tested|
|Learning curve||A steep learning curve||An easy learning curve due to web technologies, Angular, and TypeScript|
|Community and Support||Strong and Stable||Strong and Stable|
|Supported Platforms||Android, iOS||Android, iOS, UWP (Universal Windows Platform), and PWA|
|Companies Using||Facebook, Instagram, UberEATS||justWatch, Untappd, Cryptochange, Nationwide, Pacifica|
Advantage of React Native:
- It has the maximum code reusability to develop apps for iOS and Android platforms.
- It has a stable and maintained platform to develop large projects.
- Rapid development with an efficient code structure
- It has broad community and platform-independent code.
Challenges of React Native:
- There is a need for native development skills.
- Lack of custom modules.
- As it is backed by Facebook, we need to follow licensing rules.
Advantage of Ionic
- It is free and open-source.
- Easy to learn with built-in components.
- Clear and updated documentation.
- It builds apps for iOS, Android, Windows, Desktop, Web, and PWA.
- It has rich pre-styled component and great community support.
- Rapid development testing cycle.
Drawbacks of Using Ionic
- It has slow performance.
- It requires Apache Cordova plugins to access the device’s hardware functionality.
- It uses WebView to deliver a native-like experience.
What Should I Choose React Native or Ionic?
There are many factors we can consider, such as features, cost, requirements, team size, time, and platforms while deciding the best framework. Both frameworks serve a different purpose; choosing any of them is an easy task.
If you want excellent performance with low on budget, you can go for Ionic.
React Native is used for native-felling apps, which are higher cost than the Ionic.