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React native v/s Ionic
React Native v/s Ionic: Which is better framework for hybrid application?

Ionic and React native are the two leading frameworks used by the developers in 2018

Mobile application increases with Increasing trend of smartphone users in the world. Everyone wants to increase user engagement for their business with the mobile application.  

For making an application we use the best technology which is easy to use, cost-effective and have better functionality.

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.


Cross-platform development is an approach that allows a single codebase to be developed for multiple platforms or software environments and Native frameworks which not only allow us to use web tools for mobile development but also use the native API of Android or iOS.

To understand about react native and iconic first we need to understand about the native app and hybrid app

Technology has begun evolving to the next level, especially for mobile programming preference is given to either hybrid or native applications and is becoming increasingly popular. Hybrid platforms allow developers to learn a single language and create cross-platform applications with the same code base.

What is the Native and Hybrid app?

Native app

Native apps are developed using their respective technologies like Objective C and Java for iOS and Android respectively and the code is written is not shared across any platforms. Native apps are installed through an application store (such as Google Play or Apple’s App Store) because they are developed specifically for one platform.

Hybrid app

Hybrid apps are simple websites embedded in a mobile app through what we call a web view. developed using HTML, CSS, JavaScript, etc with the same code running on different platforms. They can, with tools like PhoneGap and Cordova, use the native features of a device, like GPS or camera.

React Native

React Native is a JavaScript framework for writing real, natively rendering mobile applications for iOS and Android. React Native is focused solely on building a mobile UI. React Native component definitions look and behave pretty much just like React for web components, but target native UI widgets instead of HTML. React Native is an extension of react.js, using the same principles such as virtual DOM for updating the UI.

React Native is cross-platform means the same code is used for Android as well as iOS. Unlike Ionic, it is not designed for write once and run everywhere. So you need to change some platform-specific code in your program.


Ionic is an open source mobile framework that allows web developers to use their skills to build cross-platform mobile apps with JavaScript, CSS, and HTML5. Ionic used as Front-End UI Framework that handles all the look and feel of the mobile application. Ionic uses HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, and Angular.js to build the application. Ionic provides all the functionality which can be found in Native mobile development SDKs.

  • It is wrapped by Cordova and PhoneGap.
  • It works on iOS’s UIWebView or Android’s WebView.
  • Code testing can be done in any browser.
  • Iconic 2 is very good with communication support.
  • Write Once run everywhere.

Comparing Ionic vs React Native


An app built around the Ionic framework depends on the speed of WebView browsers. React Native essentially guarantees faster and better performance of apps owing to its cross-platform nature. Additionally, the framework is enriched with a “React Fiber” algorithm to boost overall app performance from an end user’s perspective.


Ionic frameworks demand expertise over Typescripts such as CSS, HTML, AngularJS or JavaScript components, while React Native is based mainly on JavaScript.

Supported platforms

Hybrid apps run the same code and appear similar, irrespective of the platform. Ionic takes this into account and adjusts features to make cross-platform app development a smoother experience so that you can write an app once and it can run anywhere with minimal changes.

React does not want developers to ignore platform-specific logic and frameworks. Native app development requires more work, which is one reason why RN was created, to make it easier to build native apps. Most components have a platform-specific logical equivalent, so it shouldn’t take much work to adapt features from one platform to another.

Testing on the device

Ionic-based apps can be run and tested instantly in a browser as compared to the React Native framework.

Applications developed using the React Native framework take longer than expected for testing as they require an emulator or a real device.

Which is better?

Whereas, truly hybrid development platforms, such as Ionic, are more prone to speed and usability issues that frustrate end-users. UI is rarely up to the same standard as native apps or apps created using React Native, with it designed to make it easier to input third-party plugins using a native module without noticeably impacting loading speeds and using too much memory.

Our personal verdict is – if you are a self-confident and highly experienced developer seeking new ways of application development, try React Native’s new features and build a beautiful fast program. If you are a person in love with HTML and Angular, rely on the web-resembling hybrid applications from Ionic. Both platforms have numerous advantages to please you.


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