React Native vs Ionic in Mobile App Development 2020

As the number of smartphone users growing the demand for mobile apps also going with the get speed, which indirectly boosting the mobile app industry.

So mobile app development companies are opting for the various types of frameworks or platforms to develop mobile apps.

Currently, in the market, we can see three types of mobile apps.

It is tough to select a mobile app type, platform (Android & IOS), and framework.

In the present situation, most of the mobile app development companies are going for the cross-platform frameworks.

In the market, we have so many mobile app frameworks in a cross-platform section, and in this most prominent used are Ionic and React Native.

Again you will have conflict in choosing one among these two frameworks.

This article is going to clear all your confusions and conflicts in choosing the right framework (React Native vs. Ionic) for your mobile app.

React Native:

Founder: Facebook community.

Founding year: March 2015.

Price: Free.

It is an open-source mobile app development framework, which is used to develop applications for various platforms such as IOS, Android, and UWP.

React Native is developed and managed by the social networking giant Facebook.

React Native uses JavaScript library to develop high-end UI (User interface).

This framework is usable by the startups, medium scale industries, and multinational companies.

Sample of React Native framework:

React Native Frame work SampleReact Native framework users:

Some of the renowned companies in the world are adopting the React Native framework for their mobile app developments. They are:

  1. Instagram.
  2. Pinterest.
  3. Skype.
  4. Bloomberg.
  5. Tesla.
  6. Walmart.
  7. Uber.
  9. Salesforce.
  10. F8.

Advantages Of  React in Mobile App Development:

React Native is independent of platforms, which means code once developed can be used on multiple platforms (Android & IOS).

It has excellent community support.

It helps in delivering the apps very faster to the clients.

Better performance.

Good choice for big projects.

  • Iconic:

Founders: Max Lynch, Ben Sperry, and Adam Bradley

Founding year: 2013.

Price: Free & Paid.

Latest Release: 4.3.0

What is Ionic app development?

It is a cross-platform, open-source mobile app development framework used to develop progressive & hybrid apps for various platforms like Android, IOS, Web, PWA, and Windows.

Google backs and supports iconic framework.

This framework uses various technologies such as SAAS, HTML5, CSS, Typescript, and JavaScript for app development.

It used to develop and deploy the apps, and it helps in developing apps at lightning speed.

The ionic framework serves form free to premium services.

Iconic framework users:

  1. MarketWatch.
  2. Diesel.
  3. Untapped.
  4. Sworkit.
  5. McDonald’s Turkiye.
  6. JustMxxatch.
  7. National Health Service.
  8. IBM.
  9. GE transportation.
  10. SAP.

Advantages Of Iconic in Mobile App Development:

  • It works on Android’s web view or IOS UI web view.
  • It wrapped by PhoneGap and Cordova.
  • Platform independent.
  • It helps in developing default mobile UI features efficiently and smoothly.
  • Good for small projects & fast prototyping.

Now, let’s have a look at the variances between Ionic and React Native.


IonicReact Native
Main PrincipleWrite once; use & run anywhere.Learn once; write anywhere.


Code reusabilityCan reuse the code to develop IOS, Android, Windows, Progressive & desktop web apps.Can reuse the code to develop Android & IOS platform mobile apps.
Code TestingAny web browser.It requires real mobile device or emulator.
Community supportStrongVery strong
DocumentationSimple, consistent, and clean.Simple
Ease of learningMore pre-styled & pre-developed segments.A limited number of pre-developed segments.
Mobile phone hardware accessibility.Apache CordovaNo device needed, React Native is capable enough.
Code performanceGood, Ionic uses WebViewExcellent.
Code languageTypescriptJSX.
Cost of developmentUser-friendly budgetHigh cost.
App performanceGoodExcellent

Now, I think you got a little idea about both React Native and Ionic Frameworks. You can in-depth knowledge about these two with the below comparisons.

Comparison between React Native Vs Ionic Framework

i) The language Stack

Speaking of technology, Ionic and React Native Frameworks depends completely on different approaches. The Ionic framework uses web technologies to create compelling applications, whereas React Native follows the “Learn once and run everywhere” approach.

React native functions under the platform’s guidelines and limitations to gain the features and feel of native applications. In orders to help developer team deliver a seamless experience to React Native user, it uses UI native Components.

On the other hand, Ionic uses web technologies to create applications across multiple platforms. The framework also uses less coding for application development and is angular based to provide a faster and smoother process. Angular-aware developers find Ionic more user-friendly and convenient.

ii) Code

React Native framework will not follow writing once and does not use logic everywhere like the Ionic framework. React Native recommends developers to components and the logic that make it ideal for the target mobile app platform.

For instance, when working on an Android product, you get to have a customizable toolbar, but the iOS app would not have that much of a toolbar. So, you should opt for another toolbar to React Native, or you can divide platform-specific logic.

Besides, Ionic has the ability to create hybrid applications that runs the same code despite the platform. But, this doesn’t mean Ionic has no shortage of native experience in its application.

The Ionic framework adopts platform-based behaviors to integrate native features that the platform wants. If you work on a new app using Ionic, it will show tabs at top of iOS and the bottom of Android to satisfy the needs of both.

iii) Performance

React Native is the initial choice for mobile app developers who wish to create an application closer to the native app experience. Anyhow, developers with knowledge in React Native need to edit platform-specific components to receive ideal output. Comparing with Ionic framework, React Native is really a suitable and more stable framework for large-scale projects when compared to Ionic.

Ionic is best suited to meet the urgent need for prototyping or with a hybrid approach towards application development. The ionic framework uses HTML5, JavaScript components, and CS for cross-platform mobile application development.

Ionic offers an environment for rapid application development on custom projects that pay little attention to the native feel of the application. But, there would be some drawbacks and errors when using native codes in Ionic framework, and you need to download several plugins to avail native features.

iv) Plugins & Community

As the name itself says, React Native framework depends completely on React. It has been for a long time, so the framework is supported by the wider community. In addition, the framework is also used by popular social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook, making it more popular among app design and development team.

As React Native is backed up by an active developer’s community, it is very simple to fix bugs and find solutions to your queries at anytime, anywhere. In addition, React Native also has an important ground for plugins.

The ionic framework has been on the market for quite some time now, so it’s possible to identify the plug-in that you are looking for your native feature. Additionally, the Ionic community has a market where people can buy and sell plugins.

Ionic Vs React Native: Which one to choose?

It is not easy to come to a decision directly and say which one is perfect for your mobile app development. We cannot say what to use without having an idea about various factors that will drive this decision.

The choice depends on your project details, prioritization, resources, development time, cost and skills and professionalism of the allotted team. Comparing Ionic Vs React Native is as same as comparing the Xbox to the PlayStation, depending entirely on your needs.

If you would like to complete an app on a low budget, high-performance and a limited timeline, Ionic is best the best I can say.

If would like to build a high budget mobile application with a top budget application, React Native would be the right choice for your project.

If you want me to tell you about my personal choice, I will go with React Native framework as the applications need to be quick and responsive. Not only me, but most of the app development services providing companies also prefer to React Native framework because of the factors mentioned above.

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