In this article, we will address two of the most common mobile app development frameworks—Ionic and React Native—to help you consider the primary distinctions between these two frameworks as well as their main features and disadvantages. We’ll also take a look at how you can quickly implement a headless CMS for Ionic or React Native.
Before we get into the Ionic vs React Native debate, let’s take a quick look at the differences between native and hybrid (cross-platform) apps.
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Native Apps vs Hybrid (Cross-platform) Apps
There are several ways to develop a mobile application as an end product in this modern technological era. The foremost approach is to develop it natively, using the native language of each platform. Native applications are developed for a particular platform in a particular programming language. As an example, when we develop an iOS-specific application using the Objective-C language or an Android-specific application using Java, then the app is called a native app. The use of native code results in better performance, but the only disadvantage is the requirement of multiple teams to manage the mobile application.
Comparison: Ionic vs React Native
When it comes to Ionic development, it leverages the strength of traditional mobile platforms to build multi-feature, cross-platform applications with minimal programming. Ionic is developed on top of the Angular framework, and if you are already acquainted with Angular, it would be a good idea to begin with Ionic for mobile application development. Also, Ionic comes with a slew of pre-built components and modules that enable production to be simpler, quicker, and gentler. The Ionic framework has a profound significance to include UI/UX elements that do not exist within the web application development environment. Ionic applications can be developed with frameworks such as Angular, Vue.JS, or React JS. In comparison with React Native, Ionic’s engineering stack is even more scalable. The Ionic architecture also includes a command-line interface (CLI) platform for designing, developing, and deploying Ionic applications.
While developing a mobile application, if you want the highest performance, create native iOS and Android apps independently. This is because native programming allows us to develop explicitly for native functionality. Native iOS and Android components contribute to improved efficiency with direct interaction and no abstraction layer. As a result, React Native and Ionic do not correspond to their native performance. Let us now debate which is superior in terms of performance.
Since Ionic is creating a WebView rather than a native app, the additional layer that includes Cordova plugins contributes to the slowness. React Native, on the other hand, stacks native modules for improved performance.
React Native has a large range of extensions. React Native also has a large group that is very useful in finding crucial facts, updates, and answers to your problems. A PhoneGap/Cordova plugin is now available that allows you to use several matured extensions from other groups. For Ionic, a well-established and professional group will help you solve your problems. Many plugins are used by PhoneGap/Cordova to obtain native functions.
Disadvantages: Ionic vs React Native
Simplifying content management using ButterCMS
To begin, install the ButterCMS NPM module in your existing Ionic repository and then integrate ButterCMS into your Ionic project. Create a service file to integrate ButterCMS into your ongoing project. buttercms.service.ts
Then import the ButterCMS client in your TS file:
Let’s take an example.
Add the ButterCMS NPM module to your existing React native project as a dependency.
Then add the API token to butter-client.js file and import the ButterCMS client in your JS/TS file:
You can then test the ButterCMS client by, for example, fetching all of your blogs:
Based on this elaborate analysis and comparison of the two frameworks, we can conclude that the choice of mobile development framework is highly subjective to the features that you would need and the skill set you have available. Both React Native and Ionic provide similar features along with great community support, however, React Native is relatively new and supports better native functionalities. Ionic, on the other hand, is more mature and has more resources on the web to support your development. With a CMS like ButterCMS and its powerful SDKs, we can be sure of the ease of development it brings to completing applications.
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