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Ionic vs React Native: Which Framework Is Better For Development ?

Ionic vs React Native: Which Framework Is Better For Development ?

Ionic :

Ionic was built on top of Angular and Apache Cordova which was released in 2013.  Ionic allows development of hybrid apps with the help of HTML, CSS and JavaScript along with one time or reusable code base. 

Ionic has User Interface components and functions to create beautiful and fully functional apps and it requires both PhoneGap and Cordova for Ionic to work. 


If you have knowledge and experience with Angular then you will find app development is very easy using Ionic and the second version of Ionic is similar to Angular regarding design and structure. There is TypeScript ready so you can easily use your current Angular 2 components. 

The Ionic framework has some pre-developed UI components which can simplify your work. It means write code once and run it everywhere. It also has the feature of adaptability. 

It provides a comfortable amount of inexpensive plugins which allow you to forget about using third-party solutions. You can always look at Cordova plug-ins if you are unable to find what you want.

 Pros of Ionic

  • PhoneGap and Cordova wrap it 

  • It works on WebView if it is Android or UIWebView If it is iOS 

  • There is no matter whether it is HTML, CSS, JavaScript or Angular - It is purely platform independent 

  • Easy to create Mobile App UI functionality effectively and efficiently

  • Easy to use TypeScript for development for all platforms

Cons of Ionic

  • Sometimes it is creating issue while using too many call-backs to the native code

  • It is difficult to develop graphics transitions or advanced interactive

  • It is necessary to know about RxJS that may reduce our language learning 

React Native

React Native Framework was built and declared by Facebook in the year 2015 by applying React architecture to native Android, iOS and Windows platform apps. 

React Native has a feature that allows it to create cross-platform applications which are difficult to differentiate from the native apps and this is something like google translate by typing simple phrases and it provides translation automatically. The process is the same, you write code using React components and after this code will be rendered as native UI components in mobile applications and WebViews or Browsers are not used in it so your apps will be faster. 

Using this development process is based on JavaScript so programmers can share code across different platforms. Though you will not be able to use a single toolbar for different platforms. If you have decided to use React for mobile apps then be ready to use components which are close to the native behaviour of the platform as much as possible. 

 Pros of React Native

  • It is easy to reuse existing code so development will be faster 

  • Community is big so you will get help from them so it is easy to get solutions within short period of time 

  • Code can be used for both Android and iOS platforms 

Cons of React Native

  • If you have created code for iOS then if you will use it for Android then it requires some efforts from y u 

  • It is somehow complicated so it requires more resources and with a higher budget

Now, Comparison between both Ionic and React Native 

One of the major differences between using Ionic is, You are able to develop hybrid apps. These apps will be using WebView for Android and UIWebView for iOS. 

If you are using React Native, You can develop Mobile applications with standard UI blocks. It uses the native rendering APIs in Java for Android Platform and Objective-C for iOS. 

  1. Performance 

The Hybrid apps which are built using Ionic are slower in speed than the apps which are built using React Native

  1. Testing 

For ionic testing can be done using any browser while it is requires a device or an emulator for React Native 

  1. Features 

For Ionic, The documentation is very much simple and clear-cut and there are a variety of pre-design sets of styles. In React Native, It is having excellent features which allows developers to debug and update the running application without rebuilding it completely. 

  1. Simplicity : 

Ionic and React Native both are considered to be highly functional because they can be “reused” if it is required because sometimes it requires rewriting code more than one time. Another point If the code is written in Ionic then it can be used anywhere after initial launch of apps while in React Native It is required to rewrite the code on the new platform.

  1. Developer Community : 

React Native is very famous on GitHub and it is a growing community. If you are a part of this community then it is easy to get answers to any questions as well as easy to access for other third party libraries which are developed by community developers. While In Ionic, it does not have a large audience in their community but it is growing gradually. 

Conclusion :

We have seen the details about both the frameworks so at the end which one is better and The answer is, It purely depends on choice or Projects because choice differs based on complexity, Programmers skills and deadlines of the project. CandidRoot Solutions,  Mobile Application Development Company which builds cost effective, best-selling mobile app solutions as per client’s specific requirements across different platforms.

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