React Native vs Native: How to Choose Best Platform for App Development

6 Apr 2018

When it comes to technology, comparison is necessary. How would you know that one application is better than the other? You find reviews and ratings before downloading an application. You cannot buy each and every mobile phone in this world and that’s when you need to compare the price, features and whatever best-suits your requirements.

Why are we stressing on the word, ‘comparison’? There’s a reason for it!

As a consumer, we do not have the time and patience to check each and every application which is available on our phone.

Can we? The answer is a resounding NO!

You are here for a reason! You wish to build a mobile application and that’s why you wish to compare the two options in your mind. When we are trying to create an application for the audience, our mind thinks that we want to create an application which supports both Android and iOS devices.  Your wish may be to create one application which supports both the devices.

Today we are going to compare React native V/S Native just for you!

You must be in a dilemma and we are just here to make it simple for you. Both the approaches have their share of pros and cons.

The question is – Which platform should you choose? Which would be better for you to develop an application?

Who is the clear winner? Let us find out through this post!

What is REACT Native?

Let us start with REACT Native. To answer your question, web developers love React Native because one can develop an application on this and develop it on both Android and iOS. It is much-loved by web developers because mobile development is easy with a convenient learning curve. For debugging, one can use Chrome.

The user can use JavaScript to create the applications for both the devices. Do note that React Native’s framework has been created by Facebook. It can help you to create applications for both the devices simultaneously. That sounds good, right?

What are Native applications?

Native application is specifically designed for a specific platform. You can create applications for Android users and the code would be Java or Kotlin. The iOS applications are written in a different language i.e. Objective C or Swift. Xcode is used for developing iOS applications.

If your aim is to build a specific type of application then you would need to create the application using the apt programming language.

If you ask us then we would tell you that learning JavaScript is fairly easier as compared to learning Swift. In case, your aim is to create an application for both the devices then we would suggest you to opt for REACT NATIVE.

Our Verdict

Native is a classical approach which many developers might choose. It helps you to create a fantastic application but not everything is on-point with this approach. If everything was on-point with this approach, you wouldn’t have a better approach, right?

When a developer creates an application for the mobile, they want access to third party libraries and APIs. This is possible through Native! With React Native, you do not have the lesser third party libraries. It takes more time to implement the third party libraries and APIs in the React Native. Are you getting the difference?

If we talk to a professional developer, he/she would say that JavaScript is typed weakly. Looking at the Native approach, it is typed with strong languages.

If your thinking is that you want to create an application with animations, buttons, and navigation patterns then Native is best suitable for you. We are not telling you to NOT choose React Native. We are on a boat and both the approaches are great for different types of developers.

The downside with Native is that it is time-consuming and there is no guarantee that your application would get approved. With react native, you have the power to build applications for both the devices. React Native is constantly improving and the debugging help you to save time.

Who is the winner?                

Drum rolls, please!

Who is the winner?

We do believe that React Native is better as compared to Native because it is easier to find someone with the knowledge of JavaScript. It is one of the most popular programming languages and it is easy to find an engineer, who knows the language.

Both Native and React Native have their positives and negatives. It all boils down to your NEED!

You can use React Native when you are trying to build an application related to Facebook. If your team consists of JavaScript professionals, you can choose React Native. Also, a complex application may require you to choose this approach.

You can choose Native when you are using third-party libraries or multiple API’s. How does that sound? Both the approaches have their share of pros and cons. It really depends on the need of the hour.

It is best to read before you decide!

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Pratik Gothaliya

Pratik Gothaliya is the Founder and CTO of Quest Infosense, A web & Mobile app development company. Pratik has accomplished over 9 years of experience in the software industry. Being an integral part of the company he assures uncluttered functionality for service or products development to clients. he promptly stands with unparalleled accomplishment for his clients and people.


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