Ionic Vs. React Native - Which Framework Is Better for Cross-Platform Mobile App Development?

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Ionic Vs. React Native - Which Framework Is Better for Cross-Platform Mobile App Development?

Take a look at the features and advantages of the Ionic framework versus React Native when deciding how to build your cross-platform app.

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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.

Let’s dive in to find out which cross-platform mobile app development framework is better:

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Ionic Overview

Ionic is an open source, cross-platform framework used to develop hybrid mobile applications. Ionic is a mobile app development framework based on the HTML5 programming language. The HTML5 framework always works with the help of Cordova or PhoneGap. Hence, Ionic needs both of them.

Advantages of the Ionic Framework

  • It is platform independent whether it has to work with HTML, CSS, JS, or AngularJS.

  • It helps in creating default mobile app UI functionalities easily and efficiently.

  • It is wrapped by Cordova and PhoneGap.

  • It works on iOS’s UIWebView or Android’s WebView.

React Native Overview

React Native is a JavaScript library that is used to develop UI. React Native is proudly managed and maintained by a community of expert React Native developers and leading corporations, including Facebook and Instagram. It helps mobile app developers to reuse the code already used in any Android or iOS apps.

Advantages of React Native

  • It is managed by a very strong community of developers and corporations, which helps novice developers to speed up the learning and development process.

  • As React Native allows developers to reuse existing code, it makes it very speedy to deliver the apps.

  • When discussed with so many React Native developers of this community, any issue related with React Native can be quickly solved.

  • It is independent of the iOS and Android platforms. This means that the code developed can be used across both platforms.

Ionic vs. React Native Comparison

Ionic versus React Native - let’s check out the differences between the two:



React Native

General Idea

Web Technologies for improved portability

Use functional user interface

Code Language

Typescript (It is a typed superset of JS that compiles to simple & clean JS on any browser)

JSX (It is a syntax extension that optimizes the code while compiling the code to JS)

Ease of Learning

More pre-developed & pre-styled components

Very few pre-developed components

Ease of Development

Needs to be written only once, but can be executed anywhere

Needs to be learned only once and becomes easy to write on any platform

Code Reusability

Reuse the code to develop Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Web, Desktop & Progressive Web Apps

Reuse the code to develop Android, iOS & Windows Phone Apps

Code Performance

Okay, as it uses WebView

Excellent, as there’s no WebView

Code Testing

Testing can be done on any browser

Testing needs emulator or a real mobile device

Phone Hardware Accessibility

Apache Cordova is used

React Native itself is capable enough

Community Support




Simple, clean & consistent

Very basic

Now, which one is better, Ionic or React Native? Ionic and React Native both are completely opposite and offer completely different web and mobile app solutions.

But, how to choose the right cross-platform mobile app development framework? Based on the reusability of the code and excellent performance of apps developed using React Native, there are more benefits that bring React Native to the forefront.

Most enterprises are now looking for a mobile app development company to develop their apps as fast as they can. In fact, the budget is a secondary consideration and speedy delivery of a quality app remains number one for the organization. Plus, developing apps using React Native is faster compared to Ionic, as it is based on JavaScript. Also, the apps developed using React Native are supported on the latest OS platforms, which makes it preferable.

The Result

React Native is preferable for speedy app development without compromising the quality of apps for multiple platforms.

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