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React Native vs Ionic – SLATECODE

November 10th, 2017

  • React Native and Angular’s Ionic are two of today’s most popular hybrid mobile app frameworks.
  • Ionic is a hybrid framework that uses HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript to render web based apps that mimic native behavior.
  • While React Native generates native components, Ionic generates web pages that only mimic native behavior.
  • Since Ionic’s hybrid apps are essentially websites running in native webviews, performance is slower than natively built components.
  • Since React Native ultimately renders native components, it will generally run faster than Ionic apps.

React Native and Angular’s Ionic are two of today’s most popular hybrid mobile app frameworks. While Ionic achieves a “write once, use everywhere” effect with web based technologies, React Native uses JavaScript to render native components for cross-platform development. In this article, we discuss the key similarities and differences between React Native and Ionic, including which is most appropriate for your use case.

React Native and Angular’s Ionic are two of today’s most popular hybrid mobile app frameworks. While Ionic achieves a “write once, use everywhere” effect with web based technologies, React Native uses JavaScript to render native components for cross-platform development. In this article, we discuss the key similarities and differences between React Native and Ionic, including which is most appropriate for your use case.

What is Ionic?

Ionic is a hybrid framework that uses HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript to render web based apps that mimic native behavior. These apps run in native webviews and can access native features (like the device’s camera) through PhoneGap/Cordova. Ionic apps are based on the Angular framework.

While Ionic apps are web based, they are still run through native platforms. You can distribute Ionic apps on respective app stores as native apps.

What about Ionic 2?

Ionic 2 is based on Angular 2, a complete rewrite of the original Angular framework. Angular 2 uses TypeScript.

What is React Native?

React Native is based on Facebook’s popular React JavaScript library. Using JSX, React Native components can be written that compile to true native components. React Native relies on bridging connectors to interact with native features like the camera.

Key Differences

While React Native generates native components, Ionic generates web pages that only mimic native behavior. This means Ionic is more portable since the same web based code runs /…

React Native vs Ionic – SLATECODE