Native Vs Hybrid app

Native vs Hybrid App Comparison: Part 2

(4) User Experience and Performance
Native apps provide better performance; responsive and fluid experience and a user can navigate and interact with the app without noticing any loading delays. A major concern that is preventing a lot of people from using hybrid technology.

Hybrid apps tend to have some user interaction delays, and users can notice that the app is not as responsive sometimes.

Here are some examples of user interaction experience between native vs hybrid apps

  • Clicks are more responsive on native apps, but with hybrid, the user may need to click more than once in order for the app to response. However, there are some workarounds for this problem.
  • Scrolling list feel seamless on native apps, but with hybrid, the user may feel some frame loading delays. There are also some workaround for this problem with hybrid that may help reduce the frame per second delays in hybrid
  • Large animations execute much more fluid on native apps, but with hybrid apps, large animations may not behave seamlessly.
  • Additionally, the native app development environment provides design and user interaction widgets that come standard with each platform. So, the users will have a better experience because they are familiar with the standard native experience of the app.

    Also, accessibility is built into the native applications. So, for example if an iPhone user set up his iPhone’s preferences to show large fonts by default, native apps will show the larger fonts by default, but hybrid apps will not show default fonts.

    (5) Maintainability
    Hybrid apps are more maintainable as long as the developer chooses a right framework such as KendoUI, jQuery mobile, Ionic, etc. This is because it is easier to maintain the Web app technology (HTML, CSS and JavaScript) than a native app technology.

    Also, it is important to note that if the right framework is not used for hybrid app and the code is not written properly, the app will not be maintainable.

    (6) Limitations
    Native apps are developed using native app Design Tools that are provided for the purpose of building the mobile apps for the platform, so implementing many native features and new technologies are easily adoptable and built into the native mobile app Environment Tools that are provided for each platform.

    When building hybrid apps, the developer relies on the mobile app development framework and tools and it’s capabilities and provided features to build the app. So, if the tools and framework used is not up-to-date to provide a certain new features, the developer will be at the disadvantage and cannot implement features that are not provided by the hybrid app development Framework and Tools.

    So, depending the app feature requirements, hybrid app environment may have limitations on implementing many native features.

    (7) Security
    Depending on the security requirements of the project, native apps may provide better security environment; however, most of the security issues are created based on the developers lack of experience is security and server-side security issues.

    So, if the app requires many security features, you may need to make sure that all of the security features can be implemented in a hybrid app environment.

    (8) Support and Resources
    Since native app development Environment provides a lot of resources and options to develop for mobile apps, there are more support and available resources for building native mobile apps.

    (9) Summary
    Here are different scenarios for building apps in hybrid or native:

    Hybrid / PhoneGap:

  • For budgetary limitation, hybrid app may be a better choice.
  • If there is a need to quickly develop the app, hybrid app may be a better choice.
  • If the app is simple, does not have large animations, does not have lots of clicks and does not require lots of native user interaction, hybrid will be a better choice.
  • Native:

  • If the requirement is to create the best user experience, native development is a better choice.
  • For companies with sufficient allocated budget that are planning to build and maintain large app projects and do not want to worry about limitations for implementing new technologies, and support, native is a better choice.