Comparison of React Native and Ionic
1) Release Year
The release year of React native is 2015 whereas that of Ionic is 2013. This means React native is a little more advanced than Ionic. Well, we can also put it this way, Ionic is a little more mature than React native.
2) Developing Company
React native was developed by Facebook whereas ionic was developed by Drifty.co.
3) Community Support
React native has a very strong community support. Coming to Ionic, it has moderate support from the community and not a strong one.
React native app needs specific mobile devices for testing, finding bugs, and fixing them. Coming to the ionic app, they can be tested on almost any browser. So, ionic is more flexible that way compared to React native.
React native give efficient performance in every aspect. Ionic is a web view and hence it delivers average performance.
A single code can be used for developing apps on different platforms like Android, iPhone, and Windows apps in case of React Native. In case of ionic also single code can be used for developing Android, iPhone, Windows, PWA, and web apps.
The documentation of react native is very basic and average. Whereas the documentation of ionic is extremely clear, consistent, and precise.
9) Development Ease
React native has just need to be learned for once and can be written anywhere. Whereas ionic can be written once and can be used anywhere.
10) Learning Curve
There are very limited pre-developed elements which result in a long span of learning for react native. In the case of ionic, there are already several pre-developed and pre-designed elements which make the learning of ionic easy breezy.
By now, you would have got the basic understanding of both these frameworks. This is not enough to draw the conclusion.
Let me help you drive a conclusion with the detailed points below.
Ionic will win if things are about design. The developers are availed with the options to make use of the pre-designed and pre-developed elements. This is clearly not possible with react native framework and right at the starting of the comparison ionic takes the lead.
The expenditure for developing an app with ionic is lesser than that of developing an app with react native. In the case of ionic, same code can be used for different platform which reduces the cost to a great extent. The mobile app development companies these days suggest ionic to the clients who want to work with a shoestring budget.
When it is about the performance, react native app development has a clear-cut win. Ionic is nowhere near react native when it comes to performance comparison. Ionic uses web-view in the app development and even it has attractive designs it can’t beat react native when it comes to performance.
4) Plugins and Community
React native has a massive community support and also avails plenty of plugins. This community is not just massive but also active and keeps helping each other on a constant basis. Ionic also have community support and they are also adequately active when it comes to solving issues and problems but they are devoid of plenty of plugins to get native features.
List of Popular Brands Using React Native
- Facebook ads manager
List of Popular Brands Using Ionic
- McDonalds Turkiye
So, what is it the final answer? The comparison made it even more difficult to pick one framework. But, as we started this discussion, giving it a clear conclusion is out responsibility. Both these frameworks have their own set of ups and downs but the thing is each one fulfills the need which another one cannot satisfy. If its the cost that is your main focus along with paying extra attention towards great designing and user interface then Ionic app development is your choice of framework. On a contrary, high performance, strong community support, plenty of plugins, and large data management is your need, react native is your choice of framework.